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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lora's Sweet Potatoes

These were a big hit at our latest Thanksgiving dinner, and a special request from a particular guy in the congregation, so here you go, Aaron! Lora is currently dairy-free (due to baby A) so she includes notes on substitutions.

Lora Price's Sweet Potato Casserole

I make it dairy-free by substituting almond milk (unsweetened) and dairy-free butter.

3 c. cooked mashed sweet potatoes (3 med. sized potatoes, skinned)
1/2 stick melted margarine
1/2 cup sugar (1/4 cup is still plenty sweet if you're watching sugar)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased baking dish.

1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 stick melted margarine
1 cup chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together and crumble over potato mixture.  Bake at 350 for 35 - 40 minutes.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Holiday Rum Cake

by Ronica Skarphol Brownson

This cake was made famous by the Bacardi company, and has become a popular one for the holidays. My husband's Grandma Mitzi made it every year, and it wouldn't be Christmas in our house without it! It stays moist and delicious for a long time due to the preservative qualities of the rum and butter glaze, and stays nice in the refrigerator or the freezer. It is one you can mail or give as a gift, and it's always a popular dessert. You can cook the glaze longer to make sure to rid it of the alcohol if you like, but it won't be as tasty or stay quite as moist if you do. I say leave it in. 
  • ---Cake---
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts
  • 1 18-1/2 ounce yellow cake mix
  • one 3.4 ounce package (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix  
If your cake mix has pudding in it, you can skip the added pudding and reduce the number of eggs to 3 and the amount of oil to 1/3 cup.
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark or gold rum

  • ---Glaze---
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bacardi dark or gold rum


Cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt or tube pan. (Or use Wilton Cake Release. I love that stuff! Works on my most intricate pans.) Sprinkle nuts on bottom of pan. Combine all cake ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on high with electric mixer. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Prick top with fork or knife. Drizzle glaze (recipe follows) over top of the cake. Use brush or spoon to put extra dripping back on cake. Easiest to slice with a serrated knife.
Glaze: Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Note: The rum will cause steam. Be careful not to burn yourself. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fruit Dip

by Kathy Brasier Sikorski

This was light, creamy and delicious! And with fruit, you can convince yourself it's healthy, too!

Fruit Dip
16 oz container vanilla yogurt
8 oz container Cool Whip
1 pkg vanilla instant pudding
Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Mix together using a whisk. Serve with fruit, vanilla wafers, or graham crackers. (Warning, it makes a lot!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

by Kathy Brasier Sikorski

Mmmm! Perfect for fall! These would be delicious as an alternative to pumpkin pie after Thanksgiving dinner. Or with it. We don't judge.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 ½ cups quick-cooking oats
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water

1 can (15 oz) solid pack pumpkin
¼ cup cream cheese
¼ cup milk
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon butter, melted

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and oats; set aside ½ cup for topping. Add butter, honey and water to
remaining cake mixture. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9 baking pan.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, cream cheese, milk, brown sugar, maple syrup and spices until
blended. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.

In a small bowl, combine walnuts, butter and reserved cake mixtures; sprinkle over filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely
before cutting into bars. Yield: 2 dozen

Party Meatballs

by Kathy Sikorski Brasier

I may have gone back for seconds of these. And thirds. And maybe the one on my 2-year old's plate that she didn't eat, I ate. Just maybe.

Party Meatballs
Mix together:
2 eggs, beaten
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon pepper
Add and mix together:
3 lbs ground beef
Shape into 1-inch meatballs. Place into 3 greased 13x9 baking pans.

Sauce: 2 cups ketchup
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped onion
Mix together; pour over meatballs. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until cooked through. Yield: about
7 dozen meatballs