daddy’s “happy Cake” aka Mrs. Morrison’s mace (Funeral) cake

From the Kitchen of Michael Murphy


Original Recipe


1 cup milk

˝ cup (1/4 pound) butter

4 eggs, beaten

2 ˝ cups sugar

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

˝ tsp salt

1 tbsp ground mace

˝ tsp ground mace


(Additional Ingredients)


˝ tsp ground cinnamon to the batter, (especially if you have been generous with the mace) and 1 tsp ground cinnamon to the topping. A pinch of ground all spice or nutmeg may be added as well. These cut the over powering flavor of the mace.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a sauce pan, combine milk and butter.

Cook milk and butter, bringing to a boil and remove from heat.

Cream together the eggs and 2 cups sugar in a mixing bowl.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 tbsp mace.

Mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.

Add the milk and butter while still hot and mix well (300 strokes by hand).

Pour into a greased and floured 9 by 13 inch pan.



Mix the remaining ˝ cup sugar and ˝ tsp of ground mace together and then sprinkle the mixture over the top of the batter.

Bake 25 to 35 minutes.


Alternatively:     Bake the cake in a 10 inch tube pan at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour.

Feel free to experiment with additional mace and or the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg after you try the original recipe.


CAREFUL! This cake is addicting. DO NOT EAT THE WHOLE CAKE YOURSELF no matter how tempting it may be! Also, don’t expect to get any serious work done for at least 24 hours.