December 7, 2016

A Christmas Manger Cake

Christmas. The time of year when it is perfectly acceptable to have baked goods in your home every single night. It is the perfect time to snuggle in at the end of the day and enjoy a piece of delicious cake and a cup of tea while watching the tree lights twinkle. This recipe is for a simple, yet blissfully yummy cake you can enjoy alone or share with some special friends who drop in for a visit. I posted this a few years ago, but I think it deserves an encore. : )

Manger Cake


  1. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup butter
  3. 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  6. 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. soda
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 1/2 cup shortening
  10. 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  11. 2 eggs
  12. 1/2 cup chopped very fine walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Generously grease 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Set aside.
  4. Melt butter, then stir in graham cracker crumbs. Let cool.
  5. In a larger bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, soda, vanilla, shortening, buttermilk, eggs, and melted chocolate.
  6. Blend at low speed until moistened.
  7. Beat 3 minutes on medium.
  8. Pour into prepared pan.
  9. Add walnuts and remaining chocolate chips to cooled crumb mixture.
  10. Sprinkle over batter.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  12. Cool, and serve with whipped cream.

                Oh. And we omit the nuts. Because. Kids. : )


  1. That does look good, I am now going into the kitchen to see what sweet treats that I can find.

  2. Oh my..does this ever sound yummy! I think I'll have to try this one soon. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a delightful week!
    Hugs, Amy

  3. This cake has all of the ingredients to be delicious. I must print out your recipe and give it a try. I love its name. Have a wonderful week! ♥

  4. This cake looks delicious! I will definitely be giving this a try. Would be perfect with my morning coffee or afternoon tea ♥ Yummy!

  5. Oh my, this sounds and looks delightful, my friend! I think I will have to give it a go :)

    And yes, it's perfectly okay to bake every night {{smiles}} Hugs to you!

  6. I have never heard of this cake, sounds lovely!

  7. Yum! I am going to make this very soon. Thanks for sharing. Hugs. Juli

  8. This sounds wonderful! Christmas treats are the best! Thanks for sharing Hon. xoxo

  9. looks yummy, Thanks for sharing.


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