Mamma Jean’s Five Flavor Cake

Oh this cake comes with a really good story. I posted it here for your amusement and laughter. It is a treasure of a recipe, though. It comes from my friend Holly S.’s grandmother. You WILL want to try this. It is delicious and rich. A sure hit…unless made at high altitude (and without adjusting for high altitude).

2 sticks butter
1/2 c. shortening
3 c. sugar, plus 1 c. sugar for glaze
5 eggs, well beaten
3 c. flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1 c. milk
1 t. coconut extract, plus 1 t. for glaze
1 t. rum extract, plus 1 t. for glaze
1 t. butter extract, plus 1 t. for glaze
1 t. lemon extract, plus 1 t. for glaze
1 t. vanilla extract, plus 1 t. for glaze
1/2 c. water for glaze

Cream butter, shortening and 3 c. sugar ’til light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk. Stir in flavorings (1 t. of each kind)–mixing all together thoroughly.

Pour into greased 10″ tube pan (make sure filling is no more than 3/4 full in the pan). Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool 10 minutes and pour glaze evenly over the top.

Glaze: In a small sauce pan blend together 1 c. sugar, 1/2 c. water and 1 t. each of the flavorings. Boil until sugar is melted and pour over hot cake in pan. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Turn onto your favorite cake plate and serve.

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About Holly

Holly loves her job as wife to Chris and mom to Noah, Kylie, Tabor and Sydney. God has gifted Holly with a love of all things creative ~ from painting and wall papering to scrapbooking and design work. In addition to co-founding and managing A Martha Heart, she designs web pages ( and marketing pieces. She also authored a devotional blog, now closed, called Crown Laid Down. Holly and her family make their home within site of year 'round snow-capped mountains in Colorado. She can be reached by emailing Holly (AT) a martha heart (DOT) com or connect with her on Facebook:


  1. this is one of our favorite cakes! we love the moist rich goodness of it. yuuuummmmmmo!!

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