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The Guardian Angel Home Johnny Cake Recipe

Re: Johnny cake
From: Adele
To: Phaedrus 
Date: 3/12/2024, 8:14 PM

On 3/12/2024 6:03 PM, Adele wrote:

A friend of mine grew up in the Guardian angel home in the 30s  
in Joliet Illinois. It was run by German nuns.
They made a cake called “Johnny cake.“ She said it was delicious. 
She thinks it was made with molasses because it was brown. 
Do you think you could dig up this recipe?

Hello Adele,

I believe that you and I corresponded about this same recipe in 2009. See this post: 4-17-2009

At that time, as now, I had no success finding your exact recipe request, but I found a German Johnny Cake and I sent it to you. I knew that it was not The Guardian Angel Home recipe, but it was the only possibility that appeared, as it is today. It is posted again below.

Adele, The Guardian Angel Home is still in existence in Joliet, Illinois. These days it is called "Guardian Angel Community Services." They have a website at: Guardian Angel Community Services

Go there, Adele. Click on "Contact" or use this information:

Guardian Angel Community Services
168 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432


Call them or email them and ask them to help you find the recipe. They have a history department that might be able to assist you in finding this recipe.


German Molasses Cake 


1/2 cup dark molasses 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 cup boiling water 
2-1/4 cups flour 
1 cup sugar 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup butter, melted 


Combine the molasses, baking soda and boiling water in large bowl; 
it will start to foam up. In separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients; 
the mixture will be crumbly. Mix the molasses mixture with crumbly mixture, 
just until incorporated. Pour the batter into a round shallow 8 or 9 inch cake 
pan and bake at 350F degrees for approximately 45 minutes.

Molasses Butter Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon sugar 1
tablespoon Molasses Instructions: Cream together the butter, sugar and 
molasses; refrigerate until ready to use.