Happy Labor Day

Labor Day.jpgPolka Dot Birthday Cake

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Sugar-coated chocolate candies and birthday candles, to decorate

Filling & topping:

  • 5 tbsp. apricot jelly
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 lb. 2 oz./500 g ready-to-roll fondant

Method

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease and line two 8-inch square layer cake pans. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then stir in the milk. Divide the mixture between the prepared pans and smooth the surfaces with the spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen, firm, and golden brown. Let cool in the pans for 2-3 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. Warm the apricot jelly with the lemon juice in a small pan until melted. Spread half over one cake and place the other cake on top. Brush the remaining jelly over the top and sides of the cake. Roll out the fondant and cover the cakes, smoothing with your hands, then trim the edges with a sharp knife. Decorate with candies and birthday candles.

Serves 8-10

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Happy Labor Day!

Stars And Stripes Torte

Stars And Stripes Torte

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.3 oz.) instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 2/3 cups raspberry pie filling
  • 1 2/3 cups blueberry pie filling
  • Fresh blueberries and raspberries, optional

Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-inch round pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a small bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and extract on low speed for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until set. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until thickened. Fold in whipping cream. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with raspberry pie filling. Top with second cake layer; spread with 1 2/3 cups of pudding mixture. Top with third layer; spread with blueberry pie filling. Top with remaining cake layer and pudding mixture. Place blueberries around top edge of cake and form a star with blueberries and raspberries if desired.

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Banana Nut Cake

A fun cake to make to celebrate Labor Day weekend!

Banana Nut Cake
Banana Nut Cake

What you’ll need…

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package instant banana cream pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • ¾ cup chopped walnutsFullSizeRender (1) copy
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

What to do…

  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Beat in bananas. Stir in nuts. Pour into a greased 13 inch x 9 inch x 2 inch baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.

Makes 12 servings.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.
THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.
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