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Monday, April 07, 2008

Cake? Anyone?

Does anyone have a great recipe for a cake I could make for my daughter's 2nd birthday? I want it to be simple but tasty! I'd much rather make one someone else has tried and tested... I value your feedback and ideas far more than most cookbooks. I don't make cakes often, and when I do they're boxed ones, but I'm insisting on making my own for her birthdays. Last year I made a carrott cake, so this year I'm thinking something else... Yellow, white, red velvet, chocolate, I don't care...

If I find a great recipe elsewhere, I'll be sure to pass it on.


Summer said...

i think that you should stick to using a fool proof Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker cake in the box, the kind you will only add oil, eggs and water to and make a great cake. try strawberry or chocolate, they are really good and easy to prepare. be creative with the decoration and i am sure it will turn out to be a great cake, simple and delicious. :)
BUT you can always make your own cake from scratch, i have few on my cooking blog like date and walnut cake, or even try the carrot cake recipe you made last year but substitute bananas for carrots. i hope this was helpful.

UmmAli said...

I am a blurker on you blog.
This an easy cake and it taste real good.
Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup cocoa
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk*
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Mix sugar, oil and cocoa thoroughly. Add all ingredients to the sugar mixture except WATER. Add the boiling water to the cake batter, mix VERY CAREFULLY as this will become a thin hot mixture ( I keep my miser at the lowest setting while doing this apart). Pour into a greased 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 mins.

* Butttermilk can be made by putting 2 tbsp vinegar in 1 cup (less 2 tbsp) milk. Let Stand 10 mins.

Hardy's Fudge Icing
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 cup cream
1/8 tsp salt

Bring all ingredients to a boil, stirring constantly. Put lid on for 20 seconds. Take lid off and boil to soft ball stage. Cool thoroughly. Beat until it loses its gloss. ( I do this with a woodeen spoon until the icing looks like its broken apart - the beating takes baout 25-30 mins.) Thin with cream if needed. Then just ice the cake.

UmmAli said...

Or try the kids cakes on the kraft website. The Buttterfly cake is easy to make and decorate,and looks good. Here is a link

kinzi said...

Umali, that is JUST the recipe I was going to post!!! Great tummies think alike.

Summer has it on her cooking website, kamman.

Cairogal said...

This one is from that Semi-Homemade show on the Food Network:

Don't be scared off by the silken tofu or the zucchini...this cake is GOOD. Easy to make-go easy on the cinnamon.

humble simpleton said...

Here ,look for "JackDaniels", he provides the recipe for "medovnik"(honey cake). Although it may have some difficulties to pass the 'simple' requirement, the trade-off for 'tasty' is at very advantageous ratio. Review from fellow blogger.