Rec Luther Burbank Cake
Luther Burbank was a relative of mine. His birthday is celebrated as Arbor Day, and trees are planted in his memory.
Luther invented over 800 varieties and strains of plants, including plums, berries, lillies, peaches and the Burbank potato and the Shasta daisy!
This is a recipe that was awarded 1st price in the 1981 Sonoma County Fair in California. It was an original honoring Luther's success with potatoes, prunes and walnuts.
I have not tried it and wont...I'm not at all a fan of prunes OR walnuts, but I thought the history was fun to share!
1 1/2 C dried prunes
1 C mashed potatoes
1/2 C salad oil
2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 C four, white or whole wheat, unsifted
1 1/4 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 C chopped walnuts
Simmer prunes until tender. Drain. Reserve 1/2 c liquid. Pit and chop prunes. Beat oil, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed. Add eggs one at a time. Add potatoes and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together and add alternately with prune liquid. Add prunes and nuts. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350* for 50 minutes or until done.
Frost with cream cheese frosting.