Monday, March 7, 2011

Cake, Quotes and Baking tips

Swiss Alps town
"The atheist can't find God for the same reason a thief can't find a policeman."

Today is gray, foggy and a light scattering of snow looking out my window.

A perfect day for baking a cake!

The following is a cake recipe that my mother baked every Christmas morning.  It has a long baking time, so we would gather around our Christmas tree, and Dad would read the Christmas Story from Luke.  Then we would open our presents, one at a time so we saw what each of us received.

Then it was time for CAKE!!!!!

Neiman Marcus Cake
South St. Louis Ooey Gooey Cake
Gooey Butter Cake
(I have seen similar recipes with these different names.)
I will provide you with the recipe I grew up with:

1st Layer:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick melted oleo/margarine
2 eggs
> Combine these 3 ingredients with a mixer and spread into a greased 13"x9" pan.

2nd Layer:
1 box powdered sugar (3 3/4 Cup)
8 oz. cream cheese, soft
2 eggs
> Combine these with a mixer and pour over the first mixture. It's actually more like a glopping over the first layer!
> Bake at 275' for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
> Cake will become light brown and begin to fall in the center and will continue to fall as it cools.

How cool is that? A cake that is actually supposed to fall!!

Some recipes call for a sprinkling of powdered sugar over the top, but I find this unnecessary and just makes it messier.

courtesy of Dover Publications

I am sure this will become a family favorite for you, just as it has in our family.

"Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day."
- Helen Steiner Rice

No, I'm really not in a Christmas mind set, but I suppose writing out the recipe for a traditional Christmas morning cake, and it being a bit snowy outside, I kinda' go with the flow!

Do you have trouble getting your gravy to thicken? Does it always seem to turn out lumpy? Here's an easy, simple solution:
Gold Medal Wondra quick-mixing flour. It comes in a cylinder canister; easy to spot with its' bright blue label. You just sprinkle it into the hot liquid and it always works great.
Remember, when thickening anything, it will get more and more thicker after it sits for a bit. So stop trying to thicken just short of your desired consistency.
(oh, that's terrible grammar, but it says what I want it too!)
Go grab that cup of tea, and give yourself a few minutes of quiet.
Then eat cake.


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