I think it’s safe to say I have officially crossed the line. When you place your mother’s most-despised nickname in the title of your post, I think big trouble is a reasonable expectation.
My mother, Susan, very strongly dislikes to be referred to as Susie. This in itself is 9/10ths of the reason we call her Susie as much as possible. The only person who can really get away with calling my mother Susie is her mother. I love to hear Grandma call my mom Susie – it’s just so cute when Grandma says “Susie”, and it brings to mind images of my mom running around when she was a little girl.
As for Grandma calling Mom Susie, she a), probably doesn’t know Mom doesn’t like the nickname and b), probably won’t stop when she finds out because it is what she has always done. When it comes to calling their daughters by name, moms can pretty much use whatever name they want. Like Suzy, my mom is probably referring to me by a phrase that also includes a different four-letter word that begins with the letter “s” (i.e. that little sh!t) right now.
But I had to bake something to honor Mom on her birthday. I had absolutely no idea what to bake until my sister reminded me, “the woman loves anything chocolate.” So I baked a chocolate devil’s food cake and turned it into the popular Hostess snack cake, Suzy Q’s.
The recipe was interesting because it called for whisking together all of the dry ingredients, sugar included, and adding them to the wet ingredients and softened butter. I’m so accustomed to creaming the butter and sugar, then adding in the wet and dry ingredients, that the instructions gave me pause. But I followed them as written, and the cake turned out great. Not only did it taste great, it made my home smell like warm, rich, divine, comforting chocolate for hours.
What is the difference between a devil’s food cake and a regular chocolate cake? Airiness is a feature of devil’s food, so be sure to beat the batter on high speed as instructed. For all intents and purposes, devil’s food cake is a chocolate angel food cake, so get that batter light and fluffy.
You really can’t go wrong with Suzy Q’s. Not only does it make a tasty cake, it also makes for a catchy tune. The song says it best, “Oh , Suzy Q, I love you.” Happy Birthday Mom!
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1/4 cups marshmallow fluff
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the milk, eggs and softened butter.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.
- Increase speed to high and beat for three minutes until the batter is smooth and increased in volume.
- Pour the dough into a greased 9 x 13 cake pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
- While the cake cools, make the filling.
- Beat together the butter, confectioners' sugar, marshmallow fluff and vanilla at high speed until light and fluffy.
- Cut the cooled cake into rectangles of desired size.
- Spread filling over half of the rectangles and cover with the remaining rectangles.