My cousin Audrey was a few years older than me. There were three girls and two boys in her family, and we all played together as young kids. It was always a treat to visit their house and we played as hard as we could the entire time.
Sadly, Audrey is no longer with us, but I still have lots of great memories of her, and I’ll never forget that little giggle she often did when she smiled. She always seemed to have a smile,
Later, and with a family of her own, Audrey would attend our annual family reunions. She almost always brought one of these great big punch bowl cakes. It was the biggest dessert on the dessert table most of the time.
During the course of those reunions, the family created the “Stewart Family Favorites Cookbook.” It was just a small cookbook like many churches and other families made, and it was sold as a fundraiser to help cover the cost of renting the building we always used. Audrey’s recipe for the cake is in that cookbook.
I’ve looked at it for a long time, and I’m happy to now share it with you. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll make one to share at your next large gathering. Audrey would be proud.
Audrey’s sister Agnes, is the one that shared her recipe for Southern Potato Salad that you’ll find here on Taste of Southern. All the girls in the family turned out to be great cooks on their own.
Only the youngest girl in the family, my cousin Carolyn, is still living. We talked on the phone for almost two hours just a few days before I made this cake. Carolyn and I kind of compete against each other in making desserts to take to what we now call our Cousins Reunion. She’s a great cook just like her sisters.
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