What Josh Allen misses most about Thanksgiving with the family

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is often seen as Western New York’s own Superman, given his otherworldly play on the football field. But the number 17 is human, just like the rest of us. Certain things make you homesick for him and leave you longing to be home with his family for the holidays.

During the last edition of Kyle Brandt’s Basement, Allen spoke with Brandt before the Bills’ Week 12 matchup with the Detroit Lions. They chatted about Thanksgiving, food, and of course, football. You can watch the full interview below, and if you’d like to make an Oakie Cake version, we’ve included a recipe below!

Allen and the Bills are currently putting the finishing touches on their game plan for the Lions. While many will enjoy their epic holiday parties, Buffalo and Detroit will serve as must-see TV shows. So remember to be thankful for NFL football in case that quirky, talkative distant relative you see once a year just won’t leave you alone.

Since it’s Thanksgiving Eve, we wanted to share Allen’s favorite dessert recipe from his grandmother here with Bills Mafia. Oakie Cake has been variously described as the most delicious chocolate dessert you’ll ever come across, akin to dollops of decadent cake batter that you just can’t get enough of.

As Allen says, Oakie Cake is “Heaven in a chocolate cake, it’s special. It’s something I really miss because obviously I can’t go home that often for Thanksgiving or Christmas.”

If you’re like me, you’re not familiar with Oakie Cake, but that’s about to change! It’s unclear what exactly Allen’s grandmother puts on her cake. As such, I simply researched recipes online and built one using a combination of common ingredients/traits and instructions in hopes of creating something that I think will be more successful for Bills Mafia.

Given the age of many available versions of this dessert, there isn’t much information regarding the amount of time it takes to complete it, other than baking time. I’d generously give it 45-60 minutes total if you’ve never done one before.

oak cake

Serves: 15-20
Active time: 25-40 min
Baking time: 20 min.
Total time: 45-60 minutes

cake ingredients

2 cups flour
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
1 cup of water
4 tablespoons of cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

frosting ingredients

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
4 tablespoons of cocoa
6 tablespoons of milk (everything is better)
1 box (1 pound) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (or walnuts if you prefer)

You will need to: deep-sided cookie sheet/pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Prepare cake: Combine flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. Melt shortening and butter in a saucepan.
  3. Add water and cacao to the saucepan; bring to a boil Pour over the flour-sugar mixture in a bowl while it’s still hot.
  4. Add buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda, salt (optional), and vanilla to contents in a mixing bowl; mix until well combined.
  5. pour content in large, without grease, deep-sided cookie sheet/pan.
  6. To bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, do not overbake.
  7. make frosting while cake is baking: Bring butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add sugar, vanilla and nuts; spread over pancake.

chef tips

  • I worked through a few recipes to build what I believe to be the best version available online. As such, options like salt and the choice of nuts (or neither) is up to you. I’m going to link here to the recipes that directly contributed to the one we’re sharing and give them proper share credit.


  • It’s important to note that working with Skarekrow, we’re left to determine the amount of powdered sugar ourselves, with only a generic “box 1” given for measurement. That box is commonly sold in 1-pound packages, so that’s the suggested amount here.
  • A Google search will take you on a wonderful journey to the land of chocolate that contains many other recipes of a similar type. This is clearly a classic recipe, and if you choose something not expressly shared here, keep in mind the classic terms, like “soda” or “soda bicarbonate” instead of baking soda.

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