Diet Cake

Barb Bishop, a native of northeast Minneapolis now living in the Princeton area, is employed as a guardian ad litem for the state of

Barb Bishop

Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. She explains that her job is to make sure children are safe and that the courts act in the best interest of children.

Bishop has three children – Eric, Heather, and Brian – and five grandchildren. Bishop enjoys her job and also likes reading mysteries by Minnesota authors, watching animals and birds in the wild, being with family members, music, cooking, baking using natural spices, and playing in a drum group. She is also interested in different cultures and their music.

Back to her interest in Minnesota authors, Bishop says she likes how author John Sandford mentions places within Minnesota in his books because they are recognizable to her.

Bishop got this recipe 39 years ago when she was a new mother living in an apartment building, and a woman named Mrs. George, on an upper floor, brought her this cake. Bishop says Mrs. George gave her the support that a young mom needs.

(We should all appreciate the Mrs. Georges of the world.)



1 cup salad oil (preferably Crisco)

2 tsp. vanilla

2 T vinegar

2 cups cold water

3 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

6 T baking cocoa

2 cups white sugar

1 tsp. salt


Mix all ingredients together and beat well. Batter will be thin. Bake in cake pan at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.