Isn’t it funny how powerful our senses can be? My family takes a trip to the Tennessee Mountains every fall and you can’t drive very far up there without seeing a pancake house. The smell alone puts me in a good mood. On a cool mountain morning, who can pass up the scent of crispy bacon, cane syrup and stacks of buttery, fluffy and warm silver dollar pancakes? Continue reading “Iced Pumpkin Cookies Tantalize the Senses”
I can hardly drive past an enticing roadside stand with fresh peaches, corn on the cob and bright red tomatoes glistening in the sunshine without stopping. Continue reading “Super Simple Streusal-Topped Blueberry Peach Pie”
Perhaps one of the best things about summertime is biting into a sweet, ripe Georgia peach and hearing the sound of the peel break apart, while the juice runs down your chin. Continue reading “A French Dessert, Georgia Style”
The return of the Farmers’ Market for me each season is just about as exciting as Christmas Day. With fresh herbs and local produce on my mind, I love getting up on Saturday morning, throwing on my yoga pants, a tank top, a pair of favorite flip flops and my over-sized sunglasses and heading out the door. Sometimes, I even pack up my 11-pound Shih Tzu, Ewok, and we ride with the radio up and the windows down on the way. Continue reading “5 Farmers’ Market Recipes to Make Right Now”
Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away and I’ve got a dessert that’s sure to please! My recipe for Glazed Double-Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake starts with a boxed cake mix and is filled with classic fall spices. Continue reading “Bake My Glazed Double Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake This Thanksgiving”
Watermelon is an iconic symbol of summertime. When I learned it could be incorporated into a cake, I was super excited to get in the kitchen and bake it. Pretty in pink and sweet as can be, this cake is bursting with watermelon flavor, light and airy, and comes together quickly.
It all starts from a boxed white cake mix. Gather your ingredients and go to town! The recipe calls for a mixed-fruit-flavored gelatin, so I used strawberry-banana. I’m convinced it was the secret ingredient that really boosted the cake’s flavor.
You’re never too old to lick the beaters! 😉
Divide the batter evenly among two 8-inch round cake pans and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. I like to drop my pans on the counter top before popping them in the oven to get rid of any air bubbles.
Meanwhile, whip up the frosting. It’s very sweet and achieving the right consistency can be tricky. Here’s what’s in it: 1 16 oz. box of confectioners sugar, 1 stick of margarine and 1/2 – 1 cup of chopped watermelon. Red food coloring is optional and I chose to add it because without it, the frosting appeared to be the color of peach. A few drops will turn it pink, the same color as the batter. Remember–too runny? Add more powdered sugar. Too thick? Add more watermelon.
Once the cakes have cooled completely, they are ready to frost. Note: I used Crisco to grease my pans and also dusted them with flour…they released the best I’ve ever seen any cake let go from a pan. THAT’S a beautiful thing.
Frosting the cake is a messy job. Use wax paper under your cake to avoid having so much to clean up.
Ta-da! So fun, so festive.
In the video below, watch as I cut the cake and share some ideas on places to take it! If you do bake the cake for a gender reveal party, obviously, you’ll want to change the color of the frosting.
Special thanks to my friend, Tori, for help with photography and video for this blog post, and contributing to the recipe (girl’s night was a blast!). 🙂
Also, a shout out to Jessica for posting this cake on Facebook and inspiring me to make it. This recipe originally appeared in The Blue Willow Inn: Bible of Southern Cooking:
- 1 Tbs. All-Purpose Flour
- 1 18.25 oz. Box White Cake Mix ( I used the Duncan Hines brand)
- 1 3 oz. Package of Mixed-Fruit-Flavored Gelatin
- 3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Chopped Watermelon
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup (1 stick) of Margarine, Softened
- 1 16 oz. Box Confectioners’ Sugar
- 1/2 to 1 Cup Watermelon
- Red Food Coloring (Optional)
For my birthday, I received an autographed copy of Barefoot Contessa Parties!, an early cookbook by one of my favorite Food Network stars, Ina Garten. This delightful Lemon Cake is the first dish I chose to make from it and it didn’t disappoint! Continue reading “Pretty Lemon Cake Loaves”
Sometimes, it’s not the fancy recipes that make your heart go pitter-patter. Chocolate chip cookies are iconic. Just consider it. What birthday party, family gathering, holiday, school function, church get together or kids lunchbox ever got away without them?
As I baked these on a Tuesday night this week, I thought about the many memories I associate with the classic recipe. My favorite one would have to be baking with my big brother. When we were little, I would get so excited when Joey would head for the hand mixer after dinner. I knew just what he was up to. I tell you, we could have just eaten the dough and been happy. I use to guard the cookie dough bowl to keep Joey and his big fingers out it. LOL. 🙂
Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie memory? Please share!