Tuesday, June 28, 2011

{Baking}

Apparently when I'm baking a baby, I like to bake a lot of other things, too.

This past weekend, I tried out a new cake recipe.



It has been "strawberry season" here in South Eastern Michigan, and while I do love eating strawberries a la mode, I wanted to find something to pair them with.  Here I must admit that we did not go strawberry picking this year - as tempting as stooping over a nearly due belly in the hot sun sounds, I took a pass.  Still, we benefited from the incredible sales on strawberries and have eaten several pounds nonetheless.



So, the cake.  This cake is delicious on its own, but I definitely enjoyed it with sliced up fresh strawberries sprinkled on top.  I think it would work well with any type of berry that you have laying about - I plan to experiment next time with blueberries, as those are "up next" in the summer berry seasons.

I made MommyCoddle's "County Fair" cake.  Yum.



I followed her recipe completely, omitting the lemon extract (as she does) and, of course, using bacon grease to grease the pan.

The result?  A fluffy cake, rich yet light, buttery, delicious.  Perfect.


COUNTY FAIR CAKE

3/4 c. butter, soft
2 1/4 c. sugar 
4 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. lemon extract (optional. we never add it)

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. To creamed mixture add sour cream and flour mix, alternately. Starting and ending with the flour mix. Mix until just blended after each addition. Stir in flavorings.

Pour batter into a greased and sugared bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan onto a wire rack and continue to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


What are you baking these days?

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3 comments:

  1. I don't know how you do it, but your postings are all so very...timely. whether an encouraging word, an uplifting thought, an honest, but painful truth..Or, you knew I'd be strawberry picking today and needed an extra little something to enjoy those fresh berries with!

    surely God is using you to make such an impact, even the little things, in other's lives.

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  2. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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  3. Lydia, what a lovely looking cake, and beautiful post. You are in my thoughts and prayers these days as you finish this pregnancy!

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