Pear Lemon Cake

Today we made Pear Lemon Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 2t baking powder, 2 large slightly underripe pears, peeled and chopped into 1/2 to 1/4″ pieces, 3 eggs, 3T brown sugar, 2T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Beat in eggs.

Pear Lemon Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry. In a separate bowl, mix pears, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Stir wet into dry until just blended.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread half the batter evenly into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread pears on top.

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread on remaining batter. Swirl until all pears are coated.

Pear Lemon Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cake comes away from sides of pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

If desired, glaze when cake is cool, with 2 to 2 1/2C powdered sugar sifted, and 3T orange juice blended until barely pourable.

Mocha Layer Cake

Today we made Mocha Layer Cake With Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting!

2C chocolate chips, 1t salt, 3C flour, 1 1/2C brewed coffee, 1/4C skim milk, 4T cold butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa powder, 1 1/2T baking powder

Frosting: 5T skim milk, 1/2C cocoa, 5 to 5 1/2C powdered sugar, sifted, 4 oz cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips with coffee. Stir until blended. Cool.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients including sugar. Blend in butter. Mixture should still be powdery. Stir in skim milk and coffee mixture.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Fold in remaining chocolate chips.

Mocha Layer Cake

Turn into 2 greased, round 8″ cake pans.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and cakes come away from sides of pans. Cool. Remove cakes from pans. Frost: Mix all frosting ingredients until spreadable.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Spread 1/3 of frosting on bottom cake layer.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Cover with top cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Chill until ready to serve.

Mocha Layer Cake

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

Today we made Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 6 oz fresh blueberries, 3T lemon juice, 3 eggs, 3T powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Beat in eggs.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry and blend in half the wet.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Add lemon juice.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Stir in remaining wet just until blended.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Turn into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, mash powdered sugar into blueberries.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Swirl into cake batter with a few turns of a knife.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is set and cake comes away from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Raspberry Chocolate Sauce Cake

Today we made Raspberry Chocolate Sauce Cake!

2T butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1C raspberry preserves, 1T almond extract, 2/1 2C flour, 1/2C brown sugar, 2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1C chocolate chips, 1/2C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4C brown sugar, 2 1/2C boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter and 1C chocolate chips.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Mix in preserves.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Add extract.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients, except for brown sugar. Mix in 1/2C brown sugar. Add to butter mixture. Press into greased 9″ X 13″ rectangular pan.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

In bowl, sift cocoa. Mix with 1/4C brown sugar. Stir in 1C chocolate chips. Pour boiling water over this. Stir until cocoa is dissolved. Pour on top of batter in pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set. Serve warm. Just to overdo it, serve with chocolate syrup.

Raspberry Choc Sauce Cake

Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Today we made Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake!

2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 1C amaretto liqueur, 1C chocolate chips, 2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Soak cherries in amaretto liqueur 2 or more hours in a glass container covered with plastic wrap.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Add eggs.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in chips, nuts and thoroughly drained cherries.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ or 10″ round cake pan. Spread evenly.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Chocolate Preserves Cake

Today we made Chocolate Preserves Cake!

1/2C butter, melted, 1C sugar, 1t vanilla, 2 eggs, 1 1/4C flour, 2t baking powder, 1/3C milk, 1C chocolate chips, 6 oz fruit spread or preserves

Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Preserves Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix eggs and sugar.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Stir in melted butter. Make a “well” in the dry ingredients and alternately stir in milk, vanilla and egg mixture, just until blended.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Spoon half the batter into a greased 13″X9″ rectangular cake pan or casserole dish.

Choc Preserves Cake

Alternate sprinkling chocolate chips and spreading preserves on top, beginning and ending with chips.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Top with remaining batter.

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Choc Preserves Cake

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean. Cool before cutting.

Choc Preserves Cake

Blackberry Cake

Today we made Blackberry Cake!

1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 1t vanilla, 2 eggs, 2 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 12 oz fresh blackberries

Preheat oven to 350F.

Blackberry Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Add eggs.

Blackberry Cake

Stir in dry ingredients.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Mix in vanilla. Push blackberries through a fine-mesh sieve.

Blackberry Cake

Add the puree to the batter.

Blackberry Cake

Turn into greased rectangular baking pan.

Blackberry Cake

Blackberry Cake

Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Top with chocolate syrup.

Blackberry Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Today we made Chocolate Marshmallow Cake!

10T butter, 10T white sugar, 3 eggs, 1C powdered sugar, 1 1/8C flour, 1/3C cocoa, 6 oz marshmallows

Preheat oven to 325F. Cream buttter and white sugar.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Add eggs.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Turn half of batter into greased 9″ round cake pan.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Place marshmallows on top.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Spread remaining batter evenly on top of marshmallows.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from sides of pan. Cool before cutting.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Today we made Drunken Apple Cake!

1/2C butter, 3/4C sugar, 2 eggs, 2 extra large apples, peeled, cored and shredded, 1 1/4C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1 1/2C blackberry brandy

Place apples in shallow, wide ceramic or glass dish or bowl.

Drunken Apple Cake

Pour in blackberry brandy.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Soak covered in plastic wrap at least 3 hours, up to overnight.

Drunken Apple Cake

Preheat oven to 350F.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drain apples. Retain brandy for another recipe.

Drunken Apple Cake

Cream butter with sugar until smooth.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Stir in eggs.

Drunken Apple Cake

Blend well. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to wet until just blended.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Stir in apples.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Turn into 9″ greased round cake pan.

Drunken Apple Cake

Drunken Apple Cake

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned and toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Drunken Apple Cake

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Today we made Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/4C cocoa, 1/4C sugar, 1/4C honey, 1/3C skim milk, 1 egg, 12 oz chocolate chips, 1C flour, 1/2t baking powder, 1/4t baking soda

Preheat oven to 325F. Cream buttter and sugar.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Add egg.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add wet.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Stir in milk.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Stir in honey. Blend well.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Fold in chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Turn into 13″X9″ greased cake pan (for a higher cake, use an 8″X8″ pan and extend baking time by 5-7 minutes).

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Spread evenly.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake

Bake 25-30 minutes or until cake comes away from sides of pan and toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out very nearly clean.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Honey Cake