In the back of my mind, Jocelyn Delk Adams, author and founder of GrandBaby Cakes blog, is family. I’ve never personally talked with or met her, but we’ve communicated via email or social media on several occasions. Her messages are as sweet as her blog, which is full of comfort, down home, Southern desserts with a few savory dishes between the cake recipes.
Shortly after starting her Grandbaby Cakes blog, she earned a cookbook deal (no surprise). Currently being lauded throughout the food community, Grandbaby Cakes proves it’s an endearing cookbook to pass thru several generations and more. The inside cover page has a blank space for the initial owner to fill in their name as “The first generation to own this book.” And this book is meant to have flour and sugar between its pages as cake batter stains its edges. Looking through her cookbook brings memories of spending time with my family on special occasions and in our daily lives.
Similar to most Southern families, my family has a German Chocolate Cake recipe. We religiously follow the same recipe on the back of the German chocolate bar label. It’s the holiday recipe made by my paternal Grandmother and Dad. I’ve made it a couple of times, too. For the modern cook, Adams simplified the traditional recipe to bake into a Bundt pan and drizzled the coconut pecan icing on top. The cake may take less time, but the flavor isn’t lacking from the traditional.
Adams is about to start on a national book tour to promote Grandbaby Cakes, but she took time from her schedule to talk about the cookbook and the soulful family memories that inspire her. In addition, the recipe for her German Chocolate Cake follows the interview. It’s the perfect sweet ending.
Visit Parade.com’s Community Table to read the interview and get Jocelyn Delk Adams’ recipe for German Chocolate Cake here.