Let's Celebrate with Cake!

05-12-2014 10:15 AM

Today we celebrate Mary Kay Ash’s birthday. We thought we would share some Mary Kay memorabilia. Enjoy these pictures along with a recipe from her kitchen.

In honor and memory of Mary Kay’s birthday, May 12, we bring you one of her favorite cake recipes and some of our favorite photos.

As Mary Kay used to say, “Eat dessert first in case there’s a fire!”

I totally agree! Enjoy!

Mary Kay’s Family Pleasin’ Cake

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • Scant teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup toasted pecans

Cream shortening, add sugar gradually. Blend in three well-beaten eggs. Sift flour, soda, salt and baking powder with the spices, cocoa and add to creamed mixture alternatively with buttermilk. Blend in flavoring and nuts. Pour into two, well-greased 9-inch cake pans. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot coffee

Cream butter then blend in egg yolk. Sift sugar, cocoa and cinnamon together and add to creamed mixture alternately with hot coffee. Beat until smooth. Use for filling and frosting.