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The Good Neighbor Cake

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When I was a kid we had a fellow named Carl that moved next door to us from Massachusetts. He had previously lived in fairly good size city and was certainly not used to the friendliness of small town Maine. I remember baking several batches of fresh Maine blueberry muffins and bringing them over to him to welcome him to our neighborhood.

I knocked on the door, a basket of hot muffins in hand and he answered with an abrupt, "sorry little girl, I'm not interested in buying anything".
I remember answering him, "Sir you don't understand, I'm not selling anything, I live next door, these are to welcome you to the neighborhood!".
It took a little convincing before he realized I was serious and not really selling anything. It was my first dose of the reality of how different states and cultures could be.
I laugh about it now, but at the time, I was mortified and can remember thinking to myself, I am NEVER moving to a city, how sad he didn't even know what a neighbor should do!

Here is a recipe I call, "the Good Neighbor Cake."
It's the kind of recipe you can easily double, 1 for your family, 1 for a neighbor.

In a Mixer combine the following:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract

Beat until fluffy.

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

In a greased bundt pan pour a small amount of the batter, Open a can of Whole Berry cranberry Sauce & cut into thin layers, or use about 1 1/2 c. of your favorite filling.
Spoon your filling, (choose whatever you like) Put a layer of batter, a layer of filling, repeat. Make sure the last layer is batter.

Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Then place a plate over the top of the pan (careful, it will still be hot!) and invert.

Allow it to rest on the plate for a few minutes.

In a small bowl combine
  • 1 1/2 c. Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 2-4 T. Hot Water

Mix to create a nice glaze and then add 1/2 chopped walnuts. Pour over the top of the cake.

For filling you can use 3/4 of a Can of Whole
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Date Filling
  • Fig Filling
  • Favorite Jam or Preserves

I've tried it with numerous fillings and all of them came out wonderfully. No one in my house likes Whole Cranberry Sauce on it's own, but we ALL absolutely love this recipe made with it.

View this recipe with Step by Step Photos

(C) Liss Burnell 2008

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  1. beansthemama's Avatar
    That is such a great story! Yes us city people are kind of ruff around the edges! We just need some softing up, just like you did. What a wonderful gestor as a child. I will have to try the recipe it sounds wonderful
  2. faxonfive's Avatar
    Very moving...I love the recipe also!!!
  3. tsgal's Avatar
    That was a great story. I was raised in a small town, and when I got married, we moved to Las Vegas. That was so hard to deal with. People are very different in the big cities than in the small towns. I like that we moved back to our small little town. People are much more friendly. Also, I love the recipe, had to copy it for my recipe file I have. Thanks.
  4. MM100MOM's Avatar
    If one isn't fond of almond flavoring what could you use instead? Just vanilla? I can imagine how many different fruits you could use. Sounds great.
  5. MsDebbie's Avatar
    Thats a great story. I'm very rural and miss having neighbors like that.