Cakes

February 15, 2016 - Spiced Apple Cupcakes

Want one? I was in a cupcakes mood this weekend. I had some fresh apples. That means spices, and lots of them. And brown sugar. And some sweet, creamy frosting on top. Here’s what I came up with. How to make Spiced Apple Cupcakes: 1/4 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon...
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December 22, 2015 - Spiced Pumpkin Nut Roll

Who doesn’t love a pumpkin roll? Okay, Morgan, but she doesn’t like pie, either. (There’s just no explaining.) This one is a holiday pumpkin roll, specially packed with spices and sprinkled with pecans. It’s easy, and if you’re intimidated by rolled cakes, I promise you can do it. And that it’s worth it. How to...
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December 9, 2015 - Make Camo Cupcakes!

Aren’t those cupcakes adorable? I made these for a child’s birthday party–he wanted camo cupcakes. But they would work for an adult event as well. Let me show you how I made them! Start with a white cake batter. You can use a cake mix (if you must) or a homemade white cake. (I have...
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May 11, 2015 - Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

She bakes! Morgan is home for the summer, with her first year of college successfully under her belt! She got a job as a 4-H ambassador and will be working in nearby Clay County. First night home, she made a batch of pineapple upside down cupcakes. She doesn’t like pineapple, or even cake much, but...
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April 1, 2015 - Filling Cupcakes

I posted this picture of cupcakes recently and had some questions, so I’m back to answer them! The recipe for these cupcakes is here: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake. I frosted them using a basic buttercream recipe. 1/3 cup butter, softened 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract more milk as...
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October 14, 2014 - Pumpkin-Orange Tipsy Cake

I served this cake to attendees at this weekend’s retreat, and they suggested I should call it Orange-Pumpkin Tipsy Cake, but I’m going with pumpkin first anyway. Though the orange flavor in this cake is pretty strong. And delicious. There’s actually more pumpkin in it than orange, though. And I started out wanting to create...
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September 26, 2014 - Molasses Stack Cake

Fall is probably my favorite time of the year for baking because it just calls out for all those spiced recipes that make your house smell like you’re inside a pie. Okay, in this case, a cake. Someone asked me recently if I had a recipe for apple stack cake. Apple stack cake is an...
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August 6, 2013 - Sunken Apple Cake

This cake is so easy to make, I made it the evening we came home from our big road trip. Simple, yet pretty enough for company. How to make Sunken Apple Cake: 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 2/3 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 egg 1 teaspoon...
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April 10, 2013 - Such Good Cake, And Not

I was at the grocery store the other day when my fevered (hungry) eye was taken by a box cake mix for a cinnamon crumb cake. I was so taken (hungry) that I almost picked up the box mix! But I restrained myself due to my loathing of box mixes and instead studied the photograph...
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January 21, 2013 - Spiced Sweet Potato Nut Cake

I made a sweet potato pie recently, and found myself still in the mood for sweet potato, but didn’t want another pie. My mind swung to carrot cake, and then I thought, why not? Sweet potato cake! I came up with this spicy, nutty sweet potato cake and loved the result. I made a mess...
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April 3, 2012 - Queen of Sheba Cake

Reine de Saba is the last cake in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Vol. 1). It’s a chocolate and almond cake, but the name of the cake actually means Queen of Sheba. It’s a cake fit for a queen! And actually, it is quite darn delicious and I enjoyed puttering around making...
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July 2, 2011 - A Cake for Company

Yesterday, I made a cake. A cake by request. A cake for company. Old-fashioned chocolate cake with creamy white icing and a rocky road frosting filling between the layers. YUM. Recipes with printables here: Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Creamy White Icing Rocky Road Frosting This is a delicious and fun take on classic chocolate cake with...
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June 11, 2011 - Rosemary Remembrance Cake

When I posted about my abundance of rosemary and threatened to bake a rosemary cake, readers made rosemary cake suggestions in the comments. I was attracted to the rosemary remembrance cake because of the name. It sounds old-fashioned and romantic, though I’m not sure it’s actually an old idea, or at least not this particular...
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May 10, 2011 - Making Little Cakes

We aren’t big cake people. Well, that’s misleading. We love cake, but we can’t seem to eat a full-size cake fast enough. Everybody loves a cake the first day. Weston’s birthday cake, one week later: See? It’s not that the cake isn’t delicious, but after a few days, it loses its glamor. And freshness. And...
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April 5, 2011 - Homemade White Cake Mix

Some time back I posted a homemade yellow cake mix. I promised I’d post a white cake mix (and someone reminded me in a comment just the other day), so here it is! Any cake is better from scratch, and if you like to keep homemade mixes on-hand to make life easier on busy days,...
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February 18, 2011 - An Old-Fashioned Nut Cake

I developed an obsessive interest in nut cake recently after reading the Mammy Jane book. My mother wasn’t a nut cake maker, but I ate plenty of nut cake on occasion at other people’s homes, particularly when we visited West Virginia. You’ll also find nut cakes at church suppers. The older ladies bring them. Look...
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July 30, 2010 - Lemon Curd Layer Cake

This is an old-fashioned cake and a half, let me tell you upfront. This cake is no walk in the park. But it’s worth it. This is cake the way your great-grandmas made it, meaning–it’s not easy, but it’s delicious! It’s a special cake, worthy of special occasions. Make it for an ordinary day and...
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March 17, 2010 - In Search of Strawberry Cake

I had a request recently for a strawberry cake recipe. I’ve never made strawberry cake (except from a box, a long time ago), so I went on the hunt for a good one. The logical place to start was with my Treasure Trove book. Those ladies from the 1940s could make anything. Out of practically...
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January 10, 2010 - A Delicious Disaster

Schools were closed in our county this entire past week, and with all this snow, I didn’t get behind the wheel of my car once. One day, Morgan asked for cupcakes, so I whipped up a batch using my homemade yellow cake mix. I’m so prepared to be snowed in! Ask me for anything! I...
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December 8, 2009 - Italian Cream Cake

This cake is not for the faint of heart! Not with butter, eggs, buttermilk, two kinds of sugar, and cream cheese. Not to mention the coconut and pecans. This is a cake among cakes. Georgia always makes this cake for my cousin for his birthday. This year is his big 5-0. And Georgia is still...
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July 4, 2009 - White Cake with Seven-Minute Frosting

White cake! It’s so pretty and…..pure and angelic! A recent study showed that 99.2 percent of Heavenly residents prefer white cake over any other kind. And the other .8 percent got into Heaven on a fake pass. I wouldn’t be hangin’ with them if I were you. You better make this cake! How to make...
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June 24, 2009 - Gingerbread with Nutty-Buttery Broiled Topping

So, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I had this wonderful gingerbread recipe. It was my favorite gingerbread recipe in the whole wide world. That gingerbread recipe hung the moon and invented the wheel. Then I lost it. I’ve been thinking, longing, agonizing, over that gingerbread recipe ever since. Okay, it...
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May 27, 2009 - Will the Real Gooey Butter Cake Please Stand Up?

Gooey Butter Cake, where have you been all my life? A recipe for Gooey Butter Cake was posted in the forum recently and I knew I had to try it as soon as I saw it. GOOEY BUTTER CAKE. Are you serious? I bet God serves stuff like that on the menu in Heaven. Amazed...
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May 1, 2009 - Great-Aunt Ruby’s Lemon Iced Cake

My Great-Aunt Ruby was famous for her lemon iced cake. It was one of her specialties and was liable to show up at every church supper or summer party on the farm. This cake remains a family favorite now baked by Georgia–who passed the recipe on to me. Like any hardworking farmer’s wife who spent...
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April 29, 2009 - Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Any recipe that calls for a yellow cake mix can be made better with a scratch cake! It’s easy, so why not? This homemade mix (my own creation and tested to perfection, inspired by my frustration with recipes that call for a yellow cake mix but don’t tell you how to make the recipe with...
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March 6, 2009 - Old-Fashioned Pound Cake (with Chocolate Glaze)

This is no sissy, prissy, namby-pamby, modernized cut-the-sugar-and-butter pound cake. This is more power pound cake. This is full tilt, all-out, unabashed pound cake. This is your great-grandmother’s pound cake. This is pound cake the way pound cake was meant to be. With a pound of everything. And our great-grandmas knew what they were doing....
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December 11, 2008 - Drunken Rum Cake

I got this recipe from my mother, and I have to tell you that she didn’t call it Drunken Rum Cake. She’s a preacher’s wife. She would never do that. My mother got this recipe from the L.A. Times back in the 80s. That short-cut “cake mix” recipe quickly became a family favorite, but you...
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September 14, 2008 - Homemade Dump Cake & Gift Basket

So I had the most ridiculous idea (I’m full of them) about how I could make the easiest cake in the world into something complicated. I know. This idea sounds inspired already. But hold on! It’s not just a cake; it’s a handmade gift basket. If you’re like me and already thinking (stressing) about holiday...
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