Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dancing with Caterpillars on top of Bundt Cake...

Happy Easter friends!

I hope that no matter how you celebrated today you have enjoyed every last bit of it... with a side of pie and icecream! ;)

Unfortunatly my day was spent in the dark... literally.
Storms knocked out the power here in my corner of the 405 and so our Easter plans where put on pause just a bit.
Which is probably for the best... this weekend has been the upside down the rabbit hole kind of weekends. And sometimes those are better off letting go of, ya know what I mean?

I dropped a 10lb bag of sugar all over my kitchen floor...
ruined a bundt cake, burned the sugar for marshmallows...
had to settle the tiny diva who is petrified of The Easter Bunny... {that is a whole other story you will soon find here}, was told by the 9 year old critter that he knows the truth of said Easter Bunny and will no longer be fooled by my pranks leaving me crying that my babies are growing up too fast...
had to intercept a teenage boy with dog poop in an easter egg... {long story... sigh}
and the power was out for 12 hours...

Sometimes The Chef says I try and do too much, like while mixing the glaze for the bundt cake with one hand I was washing the dishes with the other... things dont always turn out right when you do that.

And he also has to remind me that nothing has to be perfect... the kids dont have to have homemade "peeps" and the chocolate bunnies I made them dont HAVE to be decorated to the nines... its chocolate... chocolate = happy kids.
And holidays dont have to be running around like crazy people... its time to take a step back from the crazy and take count of the things we are all gathered for. {He's not only cute... but smart to boot!}

And in the end I took his advice... {dont you DARE tell him he was right!}

So the bright side of things...
We had ice cream for lunch...
Easter dinner clean up was a snap...
we played a rousing game of "Phase10"...
have 2 chapters left in reading "Little House In The Big Woods"...
AND I made another bundt cake once the power was back on... and even though it didnt make it in time for our Chinese take out Easter dinner... it has made a great late night snack!

I thought while I was taking advantage of all this electricity and magical WiFi I have been missing and complaining about all day, I would at least share with you my Grandma Maggies Strawberry Cake recipe... Easter just isnt Easter with out it... not that its all that special, Im sure the same recipe is in every homemakers cookbook and foodie website around... but alas, its tradition... and I hope you enjoy!



2 cups white sugar
1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs (room temperature)
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry puree made from frozen sweetened strawberries


1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
2.In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and strawberry puree. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
3.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a small knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes, before tapping out to cool completely.

Tips from momma...
*I have this thing for bundt cakes... so I put mine in my new bundt pan, just fyi
... if you would rather it be in a square pan, a round pan, or a pan shaped like Justin Bieber... more power to ya! ;)

* I dont know how you feel about a glaze icing or a cream cheese icing... but both are simply yummy on this cake... or just plain ol whipped cream will do the trick

*As with all my cakes I take them out of the oven when the tester comes out pretty wet... I dont know if any of you guys do this, but I have found if i let the cake sit in the pan for about 10 minutes before I turn it out... its perfectly moist!

Again I hope no matter how you spent your holiday it was fantastic, and as always...

Be good to each other!
See ya soon...


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