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Red Velvet Cake

This cake was specifically requested by Clark and Cade for each of their birthdays…

…Clark because it’s red!!  (if you don’t know Clark, his favorite color is red).

…Cade because it tastes so awesome!!

I just so happen to love this cake and the icing is unique….but wonderful!  However, I know lots of people that use cream cheese frosting instead….which is great, too.

Red Velvet Cake

  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 c flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 oz red food coloring

Frosting

  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c butter, no substitution
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For Cake:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans (or a 9×13 pan).  In small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.  In mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.  Add eggs and combine well.  Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk until all is added and combined.  Lastly, add vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring.  Mix well again.  If using 2 round pans, divide batter into pans.  If using 9×13, pour all of batter in pan.  Bake for 20-25 or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cake cool completely before adding frosting.

For Frosting:  Cook flour and milk over medium heat until it becomes thick, stirring constantly.  Let this cool completely.  (I actually do this part before I start making the cake.)  Once cooled, whip this with the butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla for at least 5 minutes.  It should be light and fluffy.  Spread this on cooled cake.

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Cade’s 9!

My first baby is growing up!

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Clark’s 4!

My baby isn’t a baby anymore….

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Cream Filled Cupcakes

Cream Filled Cupcakes

  • 1 pkg of favorite cake mix
  • ingredients listed on back of cake mix box (usually water, oil, and some eggs

Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt

Favorite Frosting

Make and bake cupcakes according to instructions on back of cake mix box.  Let them cool completely.

For Filling:  Cream butter, shortening, and 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Add 1 tablespoon of milk.  Add remaining powdered sugar, 1 more tablespoon of milk, vanilla, and salt.  Whip well for at least 1 minute.  Spoon filling into a pastry bag with a tip.  Puncture top of cupcake with pastry tip and fill cupcake.  It’s okay if some comes out the top.  Top each cupcake with your favorite frosting.

(I used a triple chocolate cake mix with cream cheese frosting)

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Updates

I know, I know…I haven’t written for several days.  It’s been a whirlwind since last week.  We made it through Clark’s Birthday and a birthday party; Cade’s Birthday and birthday party; and my Momma and sister, Katrina, my bro-in-law, Austin, and 2 lil’ nieces, Savanna & Ella coming to visit.  Austin just landed a new job in Medicine Lodge, KS as City Manager and I’m very excited that they will soon be living only 1 1/2 away.

I finally broke down and went to get my toe checked out….for peace of mind.  It’s been hurting really bad and just wanted to make sure I’ve been taking care of it properly.  X-rays revealed that it’s not broken but the doc said it’s severely bruised in one of the joints.  So I’m supposed to keep buddy taping it, and taking the pain meds, and expect it to keep hurting for the next 3-6 weeks.  Let me tell you something….when he pressed at the base of my toe…I thought I was going to be sick and pass out.  It hurt…BAD.

I will have pictures of the boys’ birthday parties up in the next couple of days and I will put up the recipe for their cake (they chose the same kind 😀 )

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Pizza Rolls

I was inspired by a recipe I found on King Arthur’s website (if you’re a baker…it’s an awesome site for all kinds of baking supplies and recipes) and came up with my own version of pizza rolls.  They were a hit with the kids!
Pizza Rolls
  • 1 Burger Bun Recipe
  • 1 lb Favorite Pizza Meat (sausage, pepperoni, salami, etc)
  • 3 c shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1-2 c pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, spread dough out on a greased surface.  Sprinkle 2 c of cheese over dough.  Layer on meat (I used some pepperoni on half and salami on the other half).  Roll dough jelly roll style….like you would for cinnamon rolls.  Seal end and edges.  Using a sharp knife, cut dough into rolls.  Place on greased baking pan and lightly press down.  Let rise for another 20-30 minutes.  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.  Top each with a tablespoon of sauce and a sprinkling of cheese.  Bake again for another 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Here they are before the 2nd rising:

Here’s after they’ve baked for 10 minutes and I’ve topped them with sauce and cheese:

And here’s the final product:

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Pigs-In-A-Blanket

Just as a disclaimer, this makes a lot of these babies!  So, if your family doesn’t eat a lot, you make want to use this recipe for when you have lots of kids over, or you can use half of the dough for something else….like hot pockets or just plain ol’ Burger Buns. 😀  Or you could freeze them and warm them up later for a quick lunch or after school snack!

Pigs-In-A-Blanket

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, pinch off a small amount of dough and wrap around hot dog.  Repeat process.  Place on greased baking pan.  Let the dough rise again for 20-30 minutes.  Bake piggies for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

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