I was at a girl’s only weekend recently and my friend, Charlotte, handed me a recipe for Mother Mary Cabrini’s pound cake. I went to Catholic School for 12 years and I am ashamed to tell you I hadn’t any recollection of Mother Cabrini.
Well, shame on me. Turns out this Catholic saint was a very independent woman. When she was told she was too frail to join the religious organization of her choice, she founded her own.
In 1889 she traveled to New York. It was a city filled with chaos and poverty. She and her companions started their ministry in Little Italy and went on to help people across the country.
Now I am going to turn this post over to Charlotte who will tell you a very funny story about the cake and give you the recipe.
This pound cake recipe was given to me by mother-in-law years ago. She received it from a friend who said the recipe came from a nun in Cape May. My mother-in-law’s cake was always delicious whenever she make it. Both she and I were always puzzled by the fact that the cake was placed into a cold oven.
After making the cake numerous times, I gave the recipe to my mother. My mom bragged that when she baked the Mother Cabrini cake, hers was always better than mine. When I asked if she was using a secret ingredient, she said no. However, what she WAS doing was blessing herself just before placing the cake in the oven. My mom was convinced that by making the sign of the cross, her cake was guaranteed to bake perfectly and taste better than mine.
So, if there is a secret to making this cake, blessing yourself must be it. By the way, I NEVER make the cake without the proper blessing!
Mother Mary Cabrini’s Pound Cake
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1/2 lb of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup of Crisco
- 6 eggs at room temperature
- 3 cups of sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
DO NOT PREHEAT OVEN!!!!
- Cream sugar, butter and crisco together.
- Add eggs, one at a time.
- mix salt into flour and add to bowl alternating with milk.
- Add vanilla.
- Bake in a greased and floured tube or loaf pan for 1 and 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.
- MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS BEFORE PUTTING CAKE INTO THE OVEN!!!!
I hope you have enjoyed meeting Mother Cabrini and Charlotte. Both women are forces to be reckoned with.
Talk soon, ❤️💕 Bernadette