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Spring sweetness ♥

I love spring. The temps are just right. Its rains a bit but the sun shines too.  Also there is all kinds of yummy things in my produce dept at my fav local store.   But yesterday I felt like something sweet.  So lemon sour cream pound cake it was. I had everything I needed( which is something i am super stoked about cause that never ever happens). Here is what you will need.

3 cups AP flour

2 sticks or 1 cup of butter softened

3 cups of sugar

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

6 eggs

1 cup of sour cream

the zest of 2 lemons

1 tsp of vanilla


2 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp of lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 325 NOT 350… 325

So 1st cream together the sugar and butter till they are friends…  then add the sour cream to the party. Get em going till they are all kinds of nice and cozy.  Add your baking soda and powder to your flour. Then take turns  adding the flour mix and the eggs to the butter sugar cream mix.   at the very end add your lemon zest and vanilla mix till those are spread evenly thru the batter.  pour into a greased bundt or tube pan.  watch it though I have a 10 inch one and it was almost to full to allow for proper expansion. so don’t over fill it. if you have more batter… make pound cup cakes…. oooh that’s a good one Abi.  any ways place that sucka in the oven  for bout an hour. At this point you want to test it.  tooth pick should come out clean. Mine took about an hour and 15 min but my oven is CRAP!

   Take it out and let it chill while you hunt down a wire rack that is not currently employed.  Turn it out on to the wire rack and let it cool BEFORE you put the glaze on. BEFORE!!!! not while it is warm I know you will be tempted but don’t!

so the glaze mix  the 2 cups of powdered sugar and lemon juice together…  and pour over the cake evenly. This glaze is tart. if yo would like it less tart replace one TBS of juice with milk.

Viola! delicious cake. this will be awesome when topped with berries or just as is. Nom nom  nom.


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Cookie Monster Cake.

So My youngest can say very few words that can be understood in english. Cookie is his favorite and sooo is cookie monster from sesame street.  So for his 2nd birthday ( yes i cannot believe he is already turning 2)  I thought” hey a cookie monster cake can’t be that hard right????  I now have a couple bald spots on my head now.  But here goes.

i started off with a simple boxed cake mix. strawberry is what these boys like. i made one 10 inch round in a dreaded spring form pan.  Let that baby cool completely before frosting.

get thee one tub of classic white frosting and dye that baby blue… for me it took one whole bottle of blue liquid food coloring. But some one told me that food coloring paste works better for frosting… good to know for next time.

get another tub of white for the white of his eyes…

You will also need oreos and since there will be left over you will be obligated to eat you might as well get double stuft.

i made cookies fur by dragging a fork lightly over  the blue frosting. when that is all done i scraped the white stuff out of  a row of cookies

blend those babies up in the blender till they are crumbs. i made a stencil out of wax paper laid it on the cake. If I didn’t  his smile would have been really messy.  I sprinkled it in the stencil.  lifted it off and boom. Instant cookie smile.

Piping the eyes was not as easy as it looks might be easier for you but i suck at piping so yeah

then i just stuck some oreo’s on for the black part of his eyes.   Done.

it was a lot simpler then the race car cake.  I hope I get to make another cake soon. NOT MY OWN though… that always makes me grumpy.



I think my addiction is out of control.

So Husband and I are home relaxing after a long trying day. I am craving something… something chocolatey.. I go look for something.. Nothing in the cookie jar but some granola bars. Good but not what I wanted. I wanted something deeper.. something richer… more sinful… I scour my cabinets looking for anything to quench this aching need…HMPH! Nothing. Feeling defeated I decide to look in my better homes and gardens cook book at pictures of things I might have time to make tomorrow. After all it is 10:30 I cant exactly start a chocolate cake right now… Wait! That is it… I flip to the back of the book where I keep all my recipe print outs from the net and there is a perfectly white piece of paper (meaning I have never used it or it would be oil stained or something) across the top is written “ the most dangerous cake recipe in the world” followed by my moms email address. I think to myself “ she would be the one who would lead to my demise” I read the paper… I can do this…. I can I even have a vanilla ice cream in the fridge.

Husband walks in the kitchen at this point and asks” what are you doing” “an experiment” I say… “ at 10:30 at night ?” At this point I look at him in shock… how dare he question my thinking…if this turns out he will be lucky to get a bite. “ yes now go away “


1 mug

4 tbs regular AP flour

4 tbs sugar

4 tbs baking cocoa

Mix this all together in the mug then add

1 egg

make sure this get good and mixed in there. I might even say scramble it 1st then add it.

Next add

3 tbs of milk

3tbs of oil

2-3 tbs chocolate chips

a splash of vanilla

Mix the all together and pop that bad boy in the microwave for 3 min. Don’t freak out if it puffs up out of the mug it will be fine. When the time beeps.. take the mug out ( I would suggest a oven mitt just in case) and let it cool for like 2 min the pop that bad boy on a plate and mack down on that thing and all its chocolatey glory. MMM

As I type this I am still eating mine. I have big mugs… husband did help but gave up a while ago. Now don’t let me fool you this is not a true chocolate cake but OMG it hits the spot. If you try this please please let me know. I want to know how it turns out for you. Mine was awesome. And totally hit the spot.

Mom once again you come to my rescue from almost a thousand miles away! I love you.


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