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Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Tunnel of fudge

This cake has made it back around the block!  Back in the day it was one of the most popular cakes around.  I have made and eaten my share.  Just the other week it came across my inbox from The New York Times, but it’s a little different from the original.  In the 1960’s this cake won 2nd place in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.  How did it not win first????   Anyway, its most famous ingredient was a box of Pillsbury Chocolate frosting.  When Pillsbury stopped producing the frosting there was an outcry from all the Tunnel of Fudge lovers so Pillsbury enlisted the help of a chemist-baker to come up with a Tunnel of Fudge from scratch.  In my book it is a 1st prize winner.

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Carrot Cake

 

Carrot Cake

I saw this cake in Cook’s Illustrated a couple of years ago and was so intrigued with the method of putting it together.  I just had to try it because it makes serving cake so easy and the cake is so beautiful.  You could do this with any of your favorite cakes.  I can see it done with maybe a yellow cake with a beautiful fudge frosting or what about a coconut cake for the holidays?  The only problem that I had with this method is getting it out of the pan without tearing the layers. Only because I did not have large cooling racks.  If you have those then you are good to go.  If you don’t  I’ve  got that one covered for you.   Freeze the cake in the pan after it cools about 10 minutes.   After about an hour or when the cake is good and firm.  Place  a cutting board or a large cookie sheet over the frozen cake and turn it out.  Remove the parchment paper and cut into 4 equal pieces.  Then you are ready to frost it up.

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Key Lime Pie Cake Balls

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Want a recipe that  will make you look really good in the kitchen?  Here it is.   These cake balls are not as complicated as they seem, but you will need to cut yourself some slack. If you are an impatient person as I tend to be  step back and take a deep breath.   Have yourself a book to read or some laundry to do while  waiting for them to cool, because there is a good bit of down time.  The end results are totally worth it!

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Lemon Cake from Ina

Lemon Pound Cake

What do you do when you have a bag of lemons and a free afternoon?  You bake Ina Garten’s wonderful Lemon Cake that’s what you do.  Then step back snap a photo, slice  it up, and take it to all your friends!!!  This cake has been one of GI Joe’s favorite cakes for the past three years that I have been whipping it up.  The cake reminds me of the one that Starbuck’s sells by the slice.  Starbuck’s texture is a little more dense , but the flavors are almost identical.  Freeze by the slice and you will save yourself a boatload of money.     Today I made it in this new Wilton 16 in. x 4 in. loaf pan that my longtime friend Connie bragged about.   The cake came out lovely.  The only drawback is how to store it without cutting it in half.  If you have any ideas let me know!

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Cardamom Poundcake with Plums

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Cardamom is my new favorite flavor!  I loved it in these cheesecakes and when I saw this pound-cake in Bon Appetit I knew that I had to make it.  Little did I know of the trouble that this seemingly simple recipe would cause.

Finding cardamom pods in Douglasville can be a little difficult.  I did find the pods at the Indian market.  The anise pods were a little more difficult.  Really the cake part was easy.  It was the plum sauce that seemed to be just out of my reach.  It took me several times to finally get the knack.  The first go round produced plums that were just way too mushy.  I did save that liquid and used the plums by pushing them through a sieve.  The next time I cooked more plums  using the liquid I saved.  I shortened the cooking time greatly which worked.

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Strawberry Cream Cake

Strawberry Cream Cake

Strawberries are everywhere now and when I saw this yummy looking cake on Martha’s newsletter  I could not resist it. Who doesn’t love strawberries and whipped cream.  That is what I call a match made in heaven and then add a nice layer of yellow cake to soak up all that good strawberry juice.  I’m telling you that it is perfect!

I made three of these in one week that’s just how good they are.  Make a one layer cake and then split it, cut up strawberries,  whip up some cream and you have yourself a fancy dessert that is a show stopper.

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Hershey’s Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Hershey's chocolate cake

I really had a lot of fun making this layer cake for my classes.  It is so easy to make and impresses everyone.  They think that I should be some master baker making wedding cakes for royalty!  Yes, that’s what a great recipe can do for you.  It can make you into something that you really aren’t.  This is the best chocolate layer cake ever.  You can do this trust me.

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Coffee Cake

I ask myself, do I really have a part-time job? When I get off at 12 it seems to me that I have worked all day.   I’ve taught 4 classes and have seen 125 students. It is  nonstop for me and time just flies by.    My hours are 8-12, but at 12 it is just like I have another job!  I am busy to the point that I wonder what happens to my free afternoon.  With more time I find myself with less time to just relax!  It seems that I don’t have time to enjoy my front porch with a good book or eat lunch on my deck.  I haven’t plugged in my sewing machine in 2 years!  In the three years that I have had this blog many hours have been spent writing, planning, shopping , cooking, eating, and learning to use a camera.  Thank goodness that I do have a busy life.  What would happen to me without all this stuff to do????  Now for the recipe for this wonderful Coffee Cake that my sister-in-law gave me years ago that has saved my life for many showers, brunches, and for something sweet at 10:00 o’clock at night!

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Sock-It-To-Me-Cake

This recipe is a blast from the past!  It is the Duncan Hines Sock It to Me Cake.  What a name for a cake!  If you are into music or not you probably  know  this line from Aretha Franklin’s song RESPECT.  It was released in 1967.  Then in the 70’s Laugh In used it as a catch phrase in their show.   No matter how the cake got its name it’s really good.  I’m not a big fan of  cake mixes, but this one is worth the time.  It is super easy and really good.

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14 Layer Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

Now that I have made this cake three times in two days I think that next time it could be a piece of cake!  This has been a frustrating experience for me to say the very least.  I was using The Smith’s Family 12 layer cake recipe.  The first attempt resulted in little rubber disks that resembled frisbees. I thought after the batter was ready to put in the pans that it was really runny, but why would it be the wrong proportions after all it is found at Oprah.com.  I blamed the mess on my ineptness at measuring correctly and threw the frisbees in the trash before icing them.  So I start all over again this time being careful to measure all the ingredients before mixing even one granule of sugar with a bit of butter.

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