Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cupid's Cake Magic

The question is: Is it a dessert or is it breakfast? Who cares! It is delicious enough for both. And no this isn't a Valentine's recipe. It just has a cute little name with a nice ring...Cupid's Cake Magic. But then again, you sure could serve it to that someone special on the official day of love.

I made this little magic cake for breakfast for our Sunday School class. And it received great reviews. It could be served with tea, coffee or for dessert with a nice cold class of milk. The crunchy topping really tops the cake. The pun is intended:)

Cupid's Cake Magic

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup soft butter
1 egg
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square 9-inch cake pan. Combine dry ingredients. Add butter or margarine, egg, and milk. Beat hard for two minutes. Pour into pan. Cover with Crunchy Topping (recipe follows) and bake for 40 minutes.
YIELD: 9 to 12 servings

Crunchy Topping

2 teaspoons soft butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Mix all ingredients together with a fork.

How much easier could this recipe be? Just mix and bake until golden! You could have this cake whipped up so easily for this upcoming Easter morning. No one will even care about their Easter candy with this around! Okay, well so maybe I will eat both this AND my Cadbury Eggs....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

Finally a main dish recipe...compliments of the infamous Momou. I will tell you two people who will get into a fight over this dish. My darling hubs and my baby sister. Oh yes...don't mess with them and Momou's Cheesy Spaghetti!

This casserole dish is delicious! Baby sister adores it because of the cheese and darling hubs loves that he can have spaghetti baked together and it is less messier. Did I mention this little dish has only 3 ingredients? Well it does. And it feeds a crowd. Talk about yummy and frugal!

Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole


12 to 16 oz. package of angel hair pasta
8 oz. grated cheddar cheese
1 jar of spaghetti meat sauce

Boil pasta until tender. Spread a layer of sauce in bottom of 13 x 9 baking dish, then a layer of pasta, and then a layer of shredded cheese. Repeat. Bake at 350
degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbling hot.

Just a little note. You can also add 1 lb of browned ground meat to the sauce for more umph!

Have a sick friend who you are bringing dinner to? Bring this. Have any sweet friends arriving home with a new baby in tow? Bring this. Sure you could bring old faithful lasagna. But spaghetti that travels in casserole form? Perfect! Add french bread and salad and you got yourself the easiest home cooked meal this side of the Mississippi!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Momou's Famous Chocolate Icing

The day I discovered this particular recipe I was sitting on my bedroom floor as a new bride spending another afternoon sorting through Momou's priceless recipe collection. I came across a recipe written in her handwriting in a blue marker on a piece of cardboard. Such a different type of recipe compared to all of the other yellowed newspaper and magazine recipes. I took a closer look and all of a sudden tears started filling up my eyes. This was it. "THE" recipe. Momou's famous chocolate icing.

For each and every birthday Momou made us a delicious yellow two layer cake covered in this amazing icing. So many special memories are attached to this chocolate concontion. And I warn you, this icing is so delicious that you WILL want to lick the entire bowl!

Last Monday we celebrated my darling hubby's birthday so of course I carried on with tradition. A yellow cake topped with Momou's famous chocolate icing. It was a hit with the birthday boy and all of the others who had a slice.

Momou's Famous Chocolate Icing

1 1 LB box of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 stick butter
3/4 cup cocoa
4 tablespoons milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine cocoa and butter with mixer on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Mix in milk and powdered sugar at low speed, alternating between each. You may add more milk until you receive the spreading consistency that you desire. Voila! Easy as can be!

Oh and another warning...you will never want to go back to store brought icing that comes in a "tub". You just mark my words! Why would you when you can make this amazing icing from scratch in just a matter of minutes?

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