Friday, March 21, 2014

Vanilla Bundt Cake

One thing I love about Trinity is that I can try a new recipe out on our friends here, and they are always appreciative (or at least forgiving). I served this at our Lenten Fish supper on March 21.  I had received a jar of Dark Chocolate Sour Cherry sauce (from Tait Farms) as a gift, and thought it would make a good cake topper, so I scoured the internet for recipes that included things I had in my pantry and wouldn't have to leave the house to find. I saw various incarnations of this recipe over and over again, so I figured I likely wouldn't strike out with this one.

I was right. The cake was super moist and tasty, and didn't have that "box cake" flavor. (But it was from a box!) The sauce complimented it perfectly; not too sweet, but interesting and flavorful. It would also be great with fresh berry coulis or a drizzle of nutella. I think this method would work with just about any flavor of cake mix. It really made it rich and delicious.

Vanilla Bundt Cake
made by Ronica, recipe from various internet sources

1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
(original recipe included a teaspoon of vanilla extract, but I had my kids helping me and forgot about that. It had plenty of flavor without it.)

Preheat oven to 350F, and lightly grease a bundt or 9x13 pan.
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix on low speed about a minute. Increase speed to high and mix about 2 minutes, until well mixed, scraping down bowl as needed.
Pour into pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (or with a few moist crumbs), about 30-35 minutes for a 9x13, 40-42 minutes for a bundt.
Let cool, and if bundt, turn out of pan after about 10 minutes.

Frost as desired or just serve with sauce or topping of choice.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Crumb Bars

Lena made these for a recent coffee hour, and they were absolutely delicious! (I had 2.) She got the recipe from the Kraft foods site, linked at the bottom. Nice to have a taste of summer--right now, I think we could all use that!

        Crumb Bars recipe

Lemon-Blueberry Crumb Bars

What You Need
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
2 eggs, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. zest and 3 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Make It
Heat oven to 350ºF. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until melted. Add dry cake mix and 1 egg; beat with mixer until blended. Press 2/3 of the dough onto bottom of prepared pan.
Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add remaining egg, zest and juice; mix well. Pour over crust; top with berries. Pinch small pieces of the remaining dough between your fingers; press lightly into cream cheese layer.
Bake 48 to 50 min or until center is set. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 1 hr before cutting. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars.