Strawberry Cake

I’ve looked for a strawberry cake before and been disappointed.  Last year this time I made one that called for a packet of jelly powder.  I’m not thrilled with using that as an ingredient but the cake got some rave reviews.  Rave reviews or not, I didn’t want to make it again, so I went searching again. Continue reading “Strawberry Cake”

Orange Bundt Cake

I got some oranges because they were leftover from a function at work.  So I decided to make a bundt cake.  I haven’t used the bundt pan of my dreams often enough.  I found a recipe that looked like a good start.  First, I doubled the recipe, then I cut the butter in half and replaced the remaining butter with plain yogurt.  I also cut the sugar in half.  Since I was using yogurt, I felt free to eliminate the milk and replace it with orange juice.  This will add some natural sweetness and bump up the orange flavour.  That’s a lot of math, but it’s ok because I did it for you.  You’re welcome.

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Banana Bundt cake

Oh how my heart longs for this bundt pan. But I’ve had one like this since I moved out of my parents house 24 years ago. It’s chipped and the teflon coating is peeling, which scares me a little, but it still works if I use enough butter and flour. Whenever a recipe calls for a bundt pan you could easily use a 9×13 cake pan. But bundt cakes are so pretty!

1/3 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plain yogurt (you could probably used flavoured yogurt too or sour cream)
Feel free to throw in a cup or so of chopped nuts or berries.

Beat the butter and sugar until they’re creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Add bananas, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring just until combined.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan or 9×13 cake pan. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes or until it’s done. Cool a few minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

Applesauce Snack Cake

I love snack cake! It’s cake that you mix in the same pan you bake it. Easy to make, easy to clean up.

1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice, or a dash or two of each
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vinegar

Mix flour, brown sugar, spices, baking soda and salt with fork in ungreased square pan, 8 X 8 X 2 inches.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven 35 to 40 minutes.

Applesauce Cake

This past summer I acquired more apples than I could use before they all went bad so I cooked a bunch up, smooshed and froze them. They were small, so I put them in a large pot, whole (yup, stems and all) a little bit of water in the bottom, lid on, and let them simmer until they were soft. Then I put them through a food mill, which kept all the peels, stems, seeds and core and gave me a beautiful, rosy, naturally sweet pulp. I froze the pulp in small containers-perfect for cakes, muffins or something to eat with yogurt. Of course, you can use a jar of prepared applesauce if you want.

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup yogurt
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup applesauce

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Grease and flour a bundt pan (or tube pan or 9X13).

Cream butter and yogurt, add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Sir together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices, add to creamed mixture along with the applesauce and stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake at 350F
for 40 to 45 minutes, or until done.

Applesauce Cake

I didn’t find the recipe I was looking for so I changed one that was close and this is what I came up with;

3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash cloves

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups yogurt
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan (that’s an angel food cake pan) I haven’t tried but I’m sure a bundt pan would work or a 9 X 13 or 2 8 inch squares or a square and a round or muffins…

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together and set aside.
Whisk the eggs in a large bowl, add sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, mix together and pour into prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

I think it would be great with walnuts stirred in, raisins or even cranberries.