My Aunt Gladys was a woman of many talents. She was my dad’s oldest sister. She helped me make my 1st decorated birthday cake for my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Haltom. She was a cake artist and her special occasion cakes were absolutely beautiful and inspirational to me. My Aunt passed down the Wilton Decorating books,which was like getting the Sears & Roebuck Christmas catalogue for me, and with her help and the books she passed down is how I first learned to decorate cakes.
She was also head seamstress and pattern maker and retired in her 80’s after working for Victor Costa for over 40 years. She made many inaugural ball gowns and fairy tale wedding dresses. I always loved going to her house in Highland Park because she also collected dolls and I loved playing with them. She always had cake, cookies, food, and was always canning something. She was a Blue Ribbon Winner at the State Fair of Texas for many years entering the canning, food, and fashion category. She was an amazing lady and every year for my birthday she made me dolly cakes that she would hand cut and decorate. One of my favorite cakes of hers was Orange Slice Cake. She always had this cake and I loved it. I love the picture I have posted of her because it is her making her 74th birthday cake on August 1, 1983. Such a inspiration to me, my Aunt Gladys.
Orange Slice Cake
1 box light brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup butter (soft)
1/2 tsp salt
1 pound orange slice candy (cut into pieces with scissors)
2 cups pecans
Mix flour and salt. Cut orange slices and mix in with flour. Mix butter, brown sugar and eggs just until combined. Stir in flour mixture and nuts and put in a very well greased & flour tune pan. Bake at 300 for 2 hours 15 minutes. Let cool in tube pan before removing cake.