Merry Christmas week, y’all!
I thought I’d save my best recipe of late for last this month. This recipe is straight from Bay Leaves Cookbook, which belonged to my late Grannie. My other Grandmother, Tezzie, has also given me a copy of this recipe. It was super popular in years gone by, and it also just so happens to be Wheat’s Aunt Danna Sue’s favorite cake! It’s a simple, no-fuss recipe, so it’s perfect for the hectic holidays. It’s also chock full of pecans, so it’s basically a Southern delicacy.
I suppose you could make a Christmas tree with your pecan halves instead of a turkey, though.
I tend to go a little bit overboard in all that I do.
You may be wondering about the name, too. This cake was originally served at a restaurant in Panama City called Seven Seas. Two families claim that the recipe belonged to them, and thus the cake has been called Feud Cake ever since.
From Bay County’s own website:
And yes, that’s whipped cream as frosting.
Seven Seas’ Feud Cake Recipe
Reworded slightly from my Grannie’s copy of Bay Leaves, a Collection of Recipes by the Junior League of Panama City, Florida
– 8 eggs
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 4 teaspoons baking powder
– 5 cups pecans, finely chopped
Use a food processor to finely chop the pecans and set aside. Beat the eggs at high speed for five minutes. Gradually add the sugar and vanilla. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and add to the egg mixture. Beat another five minutes. Add five cups pecans at low speed to moisten well and beat for approximately one minute. Pour mixture into three greased and parchment paper-lined 9-inch cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove immediately from pans to wire racks and cool completely. Cake may fall slightly.
for the icing
– 1 1/2 quarts heavy whipping cream
– 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Whip cream until stiff peaks form and sweeten with the sugar (add slowly!). Frost layers and sides of cake. You can either sprinkle chopped pecans over the top and sides, or you can take liberties with your pecan decorations, as I did. Might I suggest a pecan Christmas tree? Or wreath?
It won’t really matter how you decorate it though, because the entire cake is most likely going to be devoured, leaving you with a messy platter and happy family.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight! I’m counting each one of you reading this amongst my blessings this Christmas. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases.