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Today I am sharing one of our best family recipes! We always called this "Silly Cake" because it has no eggs and mixes up right in the pan. It is perfect if you have an egg allergy or if you ran out but still want chocolate cake. Also, having no bowl to wash is great if you don't like washing dishes. Are you sold on this cake yet? You should be. It is awesome!
Also, I think the chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting (actually, we say "icing") is pretty much a standard dessert where I live. It might be a PA Dutch/central PA thing. Peanut butter and chocolate are a great combination, so it just makes sense.
But, there is a funny story behind this cake recipe. I mention on my "about page" how I used to be an awful cook. Well, the first time I tried to make this cake, I used tablespoons for everything. Salt, baking soda, etc. When it came out of the oven and looked a little funny I was very insulted because Mom didn't want to put icing on it until we tried it. Poor Dad got the first piece. We asked if it was OK and he shook his head "yes", then his eyes got wide and he violently shook his head "no" as he rushed to spit it out. He said that he had never had a cake grow in his mouth before!
Thankfully, I learned the difference between tablespoons and teaspoons.
Don't let that story scare you. My 4yo and I made this cake last week and I took pics so that I can show you how easy this cake is to make.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a 9 x 13 baking dish. We usually use a metal pan but glass is fine, too.
|Yeah, I am totally redoing that one...|
This quilt is also my July goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.
Oh, well. I am giving myself points for effort. I am enormously pregnant, it feels like it is over 100 degrees out there with this humidity, and I have five kids to take care of here. The fact that I went to the trouble to bake anything down in my kitchen with no AC has got to be worth something!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend! Happy Independence Day!! :D
My daughter is STILL on the Strawberry Shortcake kick, so for her fourth birthday she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake "theme"... again. But this time she wanted all of her friends, too. OK. No problem. And, just because I wanted to, I made her a Strawberry Shortcake ball gown - copied from the Glimmerberry Ball movie.
I am pretty happy with the results and I think she likes it, too! I used the more expensive satin from Walmart and it was worth it! It was so much easier than the cheap stuff I used on the Pinkalicious dress.
The bodice was patterned after a tank top that fits her well and it has velcro in the back since I didn't have any zippers on hand. Under the arms I used single fold bias tape and used that for the straps, too.
The bottom is a circle skirt with sparkly tulle overlays - I just cut the waist circles off center and graduated the sizes for the layers on the dress I was replicating.
Oh- my biggest cheater factor is that I melted the edges of the skirt with a lighter instead of sewing a hem- I hate hemming on a curve, especially with satin!
The headband is made from an old Tshirt and leftover satin scraps. I have been waiting weeks to get this post up because I didn't have that strawberry on the front or the headband done in time for her party.
Now, back to the Strawberry Shortcake & Friends party. I didn't flinch a bit when she asked for that because I had already bought her a set of dolls on clearance at Target after Christmas to save for her birthday and figured I could stick 'em on some cupcakes!
Lots of sprinkles (clearance from Valentines Day at Target) and some strawberry gummies and we were set!
BUT, because I was so ambitious, I actually made strawberry shortcake, blueberry muffins, lemon meringue pie (my first time!), and "plum pudding."
Actually, that was just dirt pudding with the pudding part dyed purple!
OK! I finally blogged about the last birthday in time to get ready for the next one! Grace will be one year old on Sunday! It makes me all sappy and sentimental...