Great-grandmother baking – Gateau a la Tibodo

I visited my aunt and uncle a few weeks ago on our cross-country ski trip to Charlo.  It was a very nice visit and at one point during the visit my aunt offered me a recipe book that had belonged to my great-grandmother Annie. The recipe book was given to my great-grandmother in 1968 by her daughter-in-law, my grandmother Imelda.

I don’t remember my great-grandmother as she passed away while I was still a little girl, but I’ve heard lots of stories about her, especially how she was a great gardener with a large vegetable garden and beautiful rose bushes.

Yesterday I decided to try her recipe called “Gateau a la Tibodo” which is a fruit cocktail cake.  Since we’re still trying out a gluten-free diet I substituted the wheat flour in the recipe with a mixture of quinoa, almond, and all-purpose GF flours.

The end result was very tasty – just enough sweetness and a nice crunchy top with the walnuts.  Chris gave it two-thumbs up!
I loved following a recipe from Memere’s recipe book.  I was thinking of how she would have baked this same cake in her kitchen and shared it with her family.  It made me feel close to her, even though she passed away more than 30 years ago. I’m looking forward to trying out more of her recipes.

Gateau a la Tibodo (from great-grandmother Annie)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour (to make it gluten-free I used 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose GF flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 14 oz. can fruit cocktail (including juice from fruit cocktail)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or more, I used 3/4 cup)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.   Mix in egg and fruit cocktail.
  3. Pour into greased 9-inch square cake pan (or similar size pan).
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar, then walnuts on top of mixture
  5. Bake for 45 minutes (top should brown, but not burn).
Merci Grand-Memere!

Do you have a favorite family recipe? 


6 thoughts on “Great-grandmother baking – Gateau a la Tibodo

  1. You’re so lucky to have received this recipe book from Annie. I knew her a long time ago and liked her. I’m sure she’d be glad that you’re trying some of her recipes.

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