Love Is In The Air

Edith's Chocolate Cake.JPGEdith’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2/3 cup Mazola oil
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow crème

Sift together three times in a bowl flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine in a separate bowl: 1 1/2 cups water, 2/3 cup Mazola oil, 2 tbsp. vinegar and 2 tsp. vanilla. Stir and add dry mixture all at once. Stir mixture long enough that dry ingredients are dissolved. Pour into 10 x 14 inch pan or two 9 inch round pans, ungreased. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in pans. Remove when cake is cool. We doubled this recipe for our wedding cakes.

For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir in the marshmallow crème until well blended. Frost the cakes and decorate as desired.

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Make For Your Mother

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • Scant 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2/3 cup light cream
  • Strawberries, to decorate

 Frosting:

  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Generous 1 cup heavy cream

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the sugar, oil and light cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, then stir to mix thoroughly, beating to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. For the frosting, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture cools slightly and begins to thicken. Place one cake on a serving plate and top with chocolate frosting and top with additional cake. Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the cake, swirling with a spatula. Decorate with the strawberries.

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Brunch with Mom

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Make for your Mom…

Everybody’s Favorite Crunch Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups crispy chow mein noodles
  • ¾ cup hulled sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 head romaine lettuce or curly leaf lettuce, cut into bite size pieces, washed, dried well and chilled
  • 4 green onions or scallions, thinly sliced

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (either light or dark is okay)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar (this is rice vinegar with salt and pepper already added)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 drops Tabasco sauce (if you like more bite, add 2 more drops)

Make the dressing: in a small jar or plastic container with a lid, combine the brown sugar, salt, vinegar, oil and Tabasco and shake well to combine; set aside. Make the salad: in as small bowl, combine the chow mein noodles, sunflower seeds and almonds. Just before serving, layer the lettuce, green onions and noodle mix in a bowl. Pour dressing over the salad (give it a couple of shakes if it’s separated) and mix well. Serve immediately.

Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 small box white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Make the cake: Beat sour cream, butter and egg together, until thoroughly blended. Sift dry ingredients into cream mixture. Beat thoroughly together and add vanilla. Bake in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan or 2 – 8 inch round pans. Bake 325 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes (for 8 inch pans bake 325 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes).

Make the whipped frosting: Use a child bowl. Mix whipping cream slowly until it begins to thicken; add sugar and pudding mix. Continue to mix until you have a spreadable frosting.

Donna’s Spaghetti Casserole with Celery

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 cup yellow bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3 cups homemade tomato sauce (or store bought pasta sauce)
  • 1 lb. spaghetti, broken into 2i nch pieces, cooked
  • 1 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed (press to release the oils)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and celery and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes. Add the fennel seed, tomato sauce and cooked spaghetti and mix well. Salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Top the casserole with the mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Bake until the cheese is golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 ½ cups light vanilla nonfat yogurt, divided
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for No Cholesterol recipe. Split cake into thirds horizontally. Place bottom cake layer on serving plate. Spread ½ cup yogurt on cake. Arrange half the banana slices on yogurt. Place middle cake layer on top of bananas. Repeat with ½ cup yogurt and remaining banana slices. Place top cake layer on top of bananas. Glaze with remaining ½ cup yogurt. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Everyone’s Favorite Cake

Everyone's Favorite Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 containers (16 oz. each) chocolate frosting
  • 1 chocolate covered nougat, caramel, peanut candy bar, sliced, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch square pans. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks. Cool completely. Place cakes on serving plates. Frost sides and top of each cake with chocolate frosting. Swirl frosting in diagonal pattern on top. Pull tip of knife through frosting 5 to 7 times to form fan shape. Garnish each cake with slices of candy bar.

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Getting Ready For Easter

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cake mix of desired flavor
  • 1 container (16 oz.) chocolate frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • ½ tsp. water
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Assorted Easter candies
  • 2 (12 inch) chenille stems
  • Pastel ribbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for basic recipe. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread with chocolate frosting. Top with second cake layer. Frost top with thin layer of frosting. Frost sides and outer 1 inch of cake top with remaining frosting. Make basket weave pattern in frosting with fork lines. Combine several drops green food coloring and water in small bowl. Add coconut. Toss with fork until evenly tinted. Place tinted coconut on top of basket for grass. Arrange candies on top. Make handle with chenille stem ends twisted together. Wrap handle with ribbon. Insert in cake. Tie bow on side of handle.

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Make For Your Valentine

Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup white frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 drops strawberry flavor extract or oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make cake mix according to directions. Bake in greased and floured bundt pan. Cook cake then slice horizontally, making a total of 4 pieces (for 3 layers). For filling, in mixing bowl whip heavy cream until peaks form. Add mascarpone cheese and white frosting, mix well but do not overbeat. Add red food coloring until desired color is achieved. Place bottom slice of cake onto a waxed paper-lined serving platter; frost with mascarpone mixture. Repeat layers. Add strawberry flavor to chocolate frosting, mix well. Frost sides of cake with chocolate frosting, sealing cut edges. Microwave leftover frosting to drizzle over top of cake. (Add drops of milk to loosen, if needed.) Remove wax paper; chill. Before serving add strawberries to center of cake.

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Chocolate-Coffee Buttercream filling
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Garnish: chocolate-covered coffee beans

 Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended; cool.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa mixture, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Fold into batter. Pour batter into 4 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake, 2 layers at a time, at 325 degrees F for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks covered with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent layers from adhering to racks.

Spread about ½ cup chocolate-coffee buttercream filling between layers. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 (9 inch) layer cake.

 Chocolate-coffee buttercream filling:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur

 Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Microwave whipping cream at Medium until warm (do not boil). Stir together warm cream and coffee granules until dissolved, cool. Add whipping cream mixture and liqueur to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Yield: 1 ¾ cups.

 Chocolate fudge frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cocoa and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Yield: 3 ½ cups.

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Christmas In July

Texas Sheet Cake

A BIG THANK YOU to our Facebook friend Linda in Chiefland, FL for sharing this recipe.

 Texas Sheet Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup lightly packed premium unsweetened natural cocoa
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

 Frosting:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup lightly packed premium unsweetened natural cocoa
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup toasted nuts

 Method:

Grease a 15 x 10 x 2 inch baking pan. Center an oven rack and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

To make the cake, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa. Add the oil and water and bring to a rolling boil for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large bowl, then whisk the ingredients by hand to ensure they are well mixed. Pour the warm cocoa mixture into the sifted ingredients and whisk until just combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. With a rubber spatula, stir the buttermilk mixture into the batter. Pour the batter into the greased pan and place in the center of the oven. Bake until the top is firm and a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out with moist crumbs, 22 to 25 minutes.

While the cake is in the oven, make the frosting: melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the cocoa and bring the mixture to a rolling boil: boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and whisk in the milk and vanilla. Add the confectioners’ sugar 1 cup at a time while whisking continuously. Immediately after the cake comes out of the oven, pour the frosting over the hot cake and sprinkle with the nuts. Try not to jiggle the cake before it sets or you’ll leave waves in the frosting. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Well wrapped and stored at room temperature, this cake keeps for up to 5 days.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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There is still time for you to make this for your Valentine!

 

Valentine Chocolate Heart Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • Scant ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2/3 cup light cream

Fresh mint sprigs, to decorate

Filling & Topping:

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Generous 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp seedless raspberry jelly
  • Generous 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch wide heart shape cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the sugar, oil and light cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, then stir to mix thoroughly, beating to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. For the filling and topping, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture cools slightly and begins to thicken. Use a sharp knife to cut the cake in half horizontally. Spread the cut surface of each half with the raspberry jelly, then top with about 3 tablespoons of the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle over half the raspberries and replace the top, pressing down lightly. Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the cake, swirling with a spatula. Top with the remaining raspberries and decorate with mint springs or decorate creatively!

Serves 12

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