We all share one memory where we run home and the burst of flavors along with the splash of aromatic fusion from the granny’s kitchen welcomes us indoors. The weariness takes a sweet-savory nostalgia turn and there’s a whimsy of treasured love that can only be savored with her indulgent picks. There’s a tablespoon effort, teaspoon love along with a few ingredients up her sleeve that made those desserts somewhat really special!

Through the generations, although the modern inventory has made progress with the culinary skills, ingredients, and with the ways of infusing Meemaw’s love into our desserts and sweets. However, the secrets are out now from her pantry for you all to reinvent the decadent classics and add that the same “little something” to every dish! That’s right, all you need to be a Remy and the following chef Gusteau’s tricks, tips, and key ingredients will make sure to guide you to recreate the same nostalgia once relished and savored.

Secret Ingredients From Her Pantry  

Some of these would be hard to hear and understand, however, these are sure to add the break the norm of regularity and infuse her essence wondrously.

1. Mayonnaise


The idea of mayonnaise in a chocolate cake batter may gross you out or you might want you to turn up your nose, however, this simple mixture of oil, egg, a bit of vinegar acid results in beautiful, light, and incredibly moist texture. The oil makes the cake tender and the vinegar punches up the chocolate flavor.

2. Molasses


Comprising of a thick, dense, sweet texture, this byproduct of cane sugar can take your cookies from good to great with an extra splash of signature rich, brown color along with the sugarlicious burst of sweetness.

3. Cinnamon


A dash of cinnamon from her kitchen adds that nice, warming quality to every dessert you add a pinch of it too. Cookies, waffles, gingerbread, pancakes, cakes, all can be made divine with a pinch of her single ingredient.

4. Beetroot


Just when you think you would be needing a great spill of brown sugar, powdered sugar, honey, and everything that can make your dessert sweet, well, grandma knew a healthier way to do so and that’s why she incorporated beets for that natural sweetness, extra density, and rich color.

 5. Applesauce


If you are seeking for that delicious surprise in your dessert, applesauce is sure to do the favor. Whipped together with other ingredients of the cake batter, it is a quick switch to fat-laden ingredients and can give a heavenly turn to your dessert recipe.

6. Boiling Water  

Boiling Water

It is the hot, steaming water that your nanny used to bring out the addicting flavor of the cocoa powder in a chocolate cake, pastry, muffin, or a mousse. A normal, room-temperature water create air bubbles instead.

7. Cake Flour

Cake Flour

All-purpose flour is generally regarded as the best base ingredient for every dessert. However, cake flour is another magical thing that comes with a finer texture and can yield tender and fluffy sponges effortlessly.

8. Nutmeg, Anise, and Cardamon

Nutmeg with Anise and Cardamon

Give a savory spin to both sweet and savory treats with earthly aromatic ingredients. A dash of Cardamon, a spoonful grated nutmeg along with a slightly spicy, herbal, and sweet star-like Anise, each one of these fuse in a hint of heat along with some subtly sweet after tones.

9. Orange Zest

Orange zest

Many times, we are left pondering what heavenly treat did we just taste? An overwhelming subtle pop of orange-like flavor, orange zest adds a prominent boost of flavor along with a beautiful color addition and is thus, a never-to-tell secret ingredient in the grandma’s cookbook.

10. Sour Cream

 Sour Cream

For a silky-smooth, soft texture amalgamated with a hidden world of tanginess,  sour cream is the sole secret behind the spongy soft slice you’ve been looking for. Easily available, this can work wonders when it comes to instant baking hacks and tips.

 11. Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup

Grandma’s secret basically got popular because it involved ingredients that could turn an ordinary to something extraordinary and thus, one such component is corn syrup. Used in sorbet swirls, pies, cookies, bars, it can give the rich flavor and make the impossible happen.

 12. Lemon Extract

Lemon Extract

A dessert with a backdrop of tanginess and a citrus punch is all provided with a spoonful of lemon juice. Added soon after the batter is prepared, it subtly packs a punch and is sure to let you bag appreciation at the very first bite.

 13. Vinegar


Apart from making the batter more acidic, vinegar reacts with baking soda to render a fluffy, light cake and its acidic quality results in attractive, rich, dark brown color which is the prime quality of a chocolate cake, cookie, muffin, jar cakes.

14. Baby Food

 Baby Food

Pull off plenty of showstoppers at your kitty party using baby food such as infant oatmeal, cereals, fruit loops, purees, and others. Melt-in-mouth chocolate glazed desserts with a distinctive multigrain rich flavor, these are not just healthy but adds a nutritive value to the delectable opulence.

15. Rosemary and Lavender

Rosemary and Lavender

Add some depth and freshness to your delights with a teaspoon of finely chopped rosemary and lavender! Just like a cherry on the top, each of these fresh herbs adds piney flavors and just when you are seeking for a zest of flavors, these can fuse flavors around for a drool-worthy plate of treats.