Friday, December 12, 2014

Chocolate Cake

Monday, December 8, was cousin Blanche's 95th birthday! I was off the island (driving home from my visit with Lou Ann, and had to detour to Swan Quarter because of overwash on NC12), so I didn't get to celebrate with her.

Blanche & Amy, several years ago

But I did stop by to say hello and wish her a Happy Birthday as soon as possible. Blanche is in good spirits, quite independent, still living at home, and taking good care of herself. She has frequent visitors, is always gracious, and loves to chat with family, friends, and visitors.

She told me her nephew's wife, Laurie, baked her a chocolate cake...and she saved a piece for me.

Now, if you are not from Ocracoke you might object that this is yellow cake with chocolate icing. But if you are from the island you know this is definitely a chocolate cake! That's the way it's always been here, and that's the way native islanders insist it shall remain. This is chocolate cake!

And, I might add, it was "good some." Thank you, Blanche...and thank you, Laurie.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous6:29 AM

    "Quite independent"
    God has blessed her
    Happy belated birthday to a lovely lady

  2. Anonymous8:03 AM

    Curses! You have done it again , sent me off on an internet search. A little layer cake, a southern tradition. This cake has fifteen little layers stacked up high, I say. Perhaps a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is referred to as a devils food cake. Now-- I understand the concept of Green Acres that sit-com starring Eddie Albert as Mr. Douglas.

  3. Mornin' Philip
    Just wondering...when you're not on the island, can you post with your smartphone?

    1. I suppose I could post with my smartphone, but I do not. Usually I just create posts ahead of time, and schedule them for publication when I am off the island.

  4. Philip, My friend, Lou Pumphrey who works at Funny Times, told me you ordered a subscription. If you have not seen it in the past, you will enjoy it. Lou knows my love of Ocracoke and told me he had an order from a person whose address was Ocracoke.

    1. Tom, I am very familiar with the Funny Times, and have subscribed in the past. Somehow I let my subscription lapse, so I re-ordered. The Funny Times is one publication I read from cover to cover.

  5. Anonymous5:28 PM

    of course you can 'post' from your phone. you cake looks like normal cake just like I have had hundreds of times in my life. I wonder sometimes what age group your suppose your audience is?

  6. Anonymous1:26 PM

    just like Grandma made.....looks good.....probably tastes milk?