• 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 small jars plum baby food
  • 1 cup pecans; chopped

Elizabeth Gates was one of my mother’s best friends and I have many recipe’s in my collection from her.  Remembering back, I think that my mom and her where always in a fun competition with cooking and sewing.  They really enjoyed baking and baked cakes every Friday.   Gates as we called her, her husband Hannis, and my parents played a very competitive game of dominoes every weekend.   I can hear them now laughing and bragging to each other, always playing the girls against the boys……


  1. By hand, mix together sugar, flour, cinnamon and cloves.
  2. Add cooking oil, eggs, plum baby food and pecans; blend together.
  3. Grease and flour a tube pan.
  4. Pour mixture into pan.
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

Note:  I usually bake in small loaf pans  at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

Source:  Elizabeth Gates