Minute Boil Fudge Frosting

Minute Boil Fudge Frosting - vintage family recipe

I wanna just smash my face in that cake like a one year old on their birthday.  Right!?!  Ya got a little chocolate…riiiiiiight there.

I’m sure it’s not the kind of behavior my grandmother would approve of and this happens to be her recipe so I better respect her wishes.  It’s a recipe that belongs to a whole stack of recipes I recently received from her during a not so recent trip to California.  They fit in this beautiful teal blue, rustic, weathered and perfectly used tin box.  Sigh.  I just love it.

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I’ve recently been thumbing through all of those recipes.  It’s been bittersweet to say the least.  Funny how a stack of old recipes will make you nostalgic for the past, aching for time to slow down, and contemplating life.  I’ve discovered recipes for all sorts of things {lots of desserts!}, my grandmother’s scribbles {absolutely priceless}, and even some scribbles from my aunts and uncles when they were kids.  There are even recipes from before she was married and she signed every single one.

Finding those usually trigger the aching for time to slow down.  How quickly things change in the blink of an eye.  My grandparents recently had to move from the home where they raised their five children, cared for grandchildren, and snuggled great grandchildren for better access to medical care.  I can honestly say I thought I was prepared.  I knew it had to happen, I knew it was what was best for them, I knew it would be good.  And then there was the house.  Their house.  I bawled when my mother told me they were selling it.  I’m still upset now even though I know it’s not what is important.  The important thing is that they are cared for and I have the memories.  And now I have these pieces of paper that tie me to my grandmother, her mother, and her grandmother.  They are truly priceless.

This first recipe for Minute Boil Fudge Frosting I wanted to share had no significant meaning to me except the fact that I could imagine my Grandma making this for Sunday supper or an after school snack {I swear I should have been born in the 50’s}.  I loved the simplicity of it and the fact that it is a fudge frosting had nothing to do with it.  Really.

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I’ll be sharing a lot of her recipes in the coming weeks.  It’s my tribute to her and a window to a simpler time when we didn’t struggle with the distractions we have today.


  1. YES! Smashing face into cake is the right thing to do-this frosting is SOOO cool! Love how quick and easy!

  2. Love this. Love you. There you are Peter!

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