Queen E’s Rainbow Cake

Queen E. Mills
Queen Esther Mills

I attended a funeral this weekend in a town I was not familiar with:  Abbeville, Alabama. It is a small rural town of less than 3000 people. It was my husband’s dad who died. He was 81 years old.  I had only met him once in my 25 years of marriage.  This was my children’s first meeting of their grandfather and other relatives of my husbands’ family. It was my first meeting too.  Lots and lots of cousins and friends of the family were there to give their respects.  What they brought with them was food.  Lots of food!  The Southern way: fried chicken, collard greens, black-eyed peas, fried corn bread, cakes and more cakes! Delicious!  The fried chicken was sooooooo good!  I don’t eat fried food too often but this was (as they say–in commercials) finger-licking good!

Queen Ester’s Rainbow Cake

I met some wonderful people.  I am glad to call them family.  But there was one woman name Queen Ester Mills.  She is simply known as Queen.  She is a great baker.  She made this beautiful cake called the Rainbow Cake (see at left).  It was as tasty as it looks.  It was moist and surprisingly not too sweet. When Queen’s cake was on the table, it was gone within minutes. I had taken my seat to eat when I saw one of the servers cutting into a cake I thought was chocolate.  When it was sliced and I saw the rainbow colors of the cake, I said I had to have it.  It was so pretty and apparently so easy to make.

Queen’s almost homemade Rainbow Cake Recipe (now mind you…there aren’t many specifics just ingredients.  I am going to make the cake myself and let you know how I made it):

2 boxes of Duncan Hines Yellow Classic Cake Mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
Yellow coloring
Red coloring
Chocolate (cocoa powder)
Vanilla flavoring
Butternut flavoring
1 cup of water

Vanilla flavoring
Confectioners sugar
Carnation milk (not much)

That is all she said.

I do have a recipe from an equally great cook, Brenda.  She gave me her Mac and Cheese recipe. It is a little more detailed.  Again, I will try this dish too and tell you  how I cooked it.

Brenda’s Mac and Cheese
Preheat oven to 450 degrees

1 box of  Barilla Macaroni
2 sticks of butter (or more)
1 1/2 cup milk (whole milk)
2-3 eggs
2-3 cups of mozzarella cheese
2-3 cups of extra cheddar cheese
1 tsp sugar

1.  Grease casserole dish with butter
2.  Layer of macaroni, layer of mozzarella cheese, layer of cheddar
3.  Flavor with milk, egg and sugar
4.  Bake for 30 minutes (until lightly brown on top)

There were women and men who cooked for this funeral.  It will not be the death of a grandfather that I will remember most but the warm welcome and love we received when we arrived.  Great people with (so) delicious food.