Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chaotic Cookery! - From Someone Else's Table: Portable and delicious cakes (chocolate and apple)!!!

These two cakes are hard to beat for ease of cooking, dependable outcomes, and pleasing a crowd!!  They are substantial enough to tolerate transport without damage and the Apple Cake has become an annual request by my co-workers at our Thanksgiving lunch.  This year I took them both as a thank you for all they do to help me take care of all my little people.  Here are the recipes for you!!!
Bake me a cake, as fast as you can.....
Here's trick for chocolate cakes ~ mix a little cocoa with your flour when you butter then "flour" your pan and you won't have white flour on your nice brown cake!
Just a little morning baking.  Apple Cake.  Fruit compote.  Chocolate Pound Cake, waiting to have its top sprinkled with confectioner's sugar.

Apple Cake

This makes a great coffeecake for breakfast or brunch...or Peddie office lunch!!! 

1 c vegetable oil      2 c sugar       3 eggs, beaten      2 t vanilla
3 c flour       1 t soda      1 t salt       1 t nutmeg
2 t cinnamon      3 large apples, cored and chopped      Nuts, if desired

Sift dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Combine. Stir in apples. Pour into a large baking dish. (This batter is gonna look a little strange for a cake.  Do not despair.  It is OKAY!!!  The apples are going to add liquid as they cook!!!)  Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes.

Icing: 1 c brown sugar     ½ c evaporated milk     ¼ c butter
Cook all ingredients together about 3 min and pour over warm cake.

Chocolate Pound Cake

This cake is so rich and delicious!!  Cream the butter, sugar and eggs well - until super fluffy as they create a lot of your rise!!  Sometimes I use 1/2 milk and 1/2 buttermilk. 

3 c sugar      2 sticks butter      ½ c shortening       5 eggs     1 tsp vanilla
3 c flour     ½ c cocoa      ½ t baking powder      ½ t salt       11/4 c milk

Cream shortening and butter with sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each. Sift dry ingredients and alternate with milk as you add them to the creamed mixture. Add 1 t vanilla. Pour into a well-greased and floured tube pan, bake at 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from pan as soon as you take the cake out of the oven. Sprinkle top with confectioner’s sugar once cooled.

Enjoy your chaotic cookery - From Someone Else's Table - c

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