The Preacher Cake recipe comes from Farm Journal Cookbook, a yellow canvas covered cookbook that was one of mom's go to resources. Clare and I made Preacher Cake for birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother's and Father's day, Sunday night dinners... you get the point. We looked for reasons to make it. I remember dragging the kitchen stools over to the cabinets to get the sifter down and asking mom to get the chocolate chips out from wherever she hid them so we could make the frosting. Yes, the chocolate chips were hidden.
Delicately sifted flour. Almond extract. Hot water. Knee weakening chocolate frosting. The knife lives in the pan under the aluminum foil because the edges of the cake always need trimming and straightening.