Baking

A German chocolate cake with peanut butter/cream cheese frosting!   Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks!

A German chocolate cake with peanut butter/cream cheese frosting! Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks!

Chocolate Chip/M&M Cookies I took along to share at our family reunion!

Chocolate Chip/M&M Cookies I took along to share at our family reunion!

I LOVE to bake!  I don’t do it quite as much as I used to, mostly because I don’t need the extra calories, but nothing makes a house feel more like a home than the smell of something yummy baking in the oven.

Last year I treated myself to a KitchenAid Artisan mixer and love how easy it is to make smooth creamy frosting!  Today, with my daughter Aurora’s help, we made a German Chocolate cake (Pillsbury mix) and made the frosting recipe featured on Food.com.

Here it is, in case you feel equally inspired today!  Peanut Butter/Cream Cheese Frosting recipe

I used the Pampered Chef Spreader to spread the frosting on the cake and then did the border and the “Yum!” using the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator.  I’m not a professional by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I have fun, which is the most important thing! 🙂

Photo: All done!  Good enough to eat ;)  Here's the recipe for anyone who feels so inclined.  Credit goes to Mary Haefner whose Coca Cola cake is legendary!! :)  Taken from the Hardcastle Family Cookbook which was lovingly compiled by Lenora Fouts !  Thanks to both of you for making it possible for me to enjoy it!! :) Coca-Cola Cake1 C. butter                    1 tsp. Soda1/4 C. Cocoa                 1/2 C. Buttermilk1 C. Coca-Cola              2 Eggs, beaten2 C. Flour                      1 tsp. Vanilla2 C. Sugar                     1 1/2 C. Mini marshmallowsHeal to boiling the butter, cocoa and coke.  Add flour, sugar & soda.  Mix gently.  Stir in buttermilk, eggs, vanilla & marshmallows.Pour into greased 9 X 13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. (I stuck with 30).  Cake can be frosted while warm.and now for the frosting!!Frosting:1/2 C. Butter                        1/4 C. cocoa6 T Coca-Cola                       1 C Mini marshmallows1 lb powdered sugar (I used 3 cups)1 tsp VanillaHeat to boiling the butter, cocoa & coca-cola.  Add marshmallows.  Beat in sugar & vanilla.  Spread over cake. (My frosting was fairly stiff, so I ended up adding a couple Tablespoons of milk to it and it was easier to spread.)Let cool & then dig in!  Yummy! :)

My latest creation, a Coca-Cola Cake made using my Aunt Mary’s recipe from a family cookbook! Amazingly moist and delicious!

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8 Responses to Baking

  1. You could sell these locally!! I am so not a baker. I am learning to cook again age 47- why I tell you this…our family ran a restaurant and owned it…I ate there my entire life till it closed when I was in my upper 20’s.

    • Beth says:

      Thanks! 🙂 I don’t know if I would have the patience to ever bake for a living, although I do enjoy baking. My cooking skills leave a lot to be desired. I’m a huge fan of store bought marinades and mixes 😉 I’m sure you have many tales to tell of growing up with a family restaurant. I would imagine it is very challenging! I used to work at a restaurant in high school making relish trays and busing tables and I know that the entire staff pretty much was on the go from the time they clocked in until the time they clocked out!!

      • I loved growing up in the restaurant business. It was so nice because every single occasion the entire family and extended families would gather at our restaurant to eat and enjoy. The memories I hold dear. My parents are dead and the restaurant and all the elders, but photo’s bring back the good ol’ days.

        • Beth says:

          It sounds like you have wonderful memories. Being able to gather family groups there sounds fabulous and I’m sure was so much fun! I love old photos for taking us back to happy times and memories!!

        • I hope to get my photos from my sisters garage where they all sit by this summer. I hope to share some too. Thank you so much for coming by my blog. You are a great blogger and friend.

        • Beth says:

          I look forward to seeing your photos too. I’m so happy you stumbled upon my site and I look forward to exploring more of yours. 🙂

  2. I love that cake! The flavors sounds deamy…

    • Beth says:

      It was really good, Aaryne, and really not too difficult to make. It’s just too dangerous to have around the house too often 😉 Thank you so much for visiting and for the nice comment 🙂

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