Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Sunday Afternoon Cake

The Sunday Afternoon Cake
White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake qualifies, as does Mississippi Mud Cake with marshmallows, pecans and chocolate drizzles on top. I need something called Baklava Cheesecake.
This is not to say I wouldn’t enjoy Poundcake from Heaven on a Sunday, but it’s not in the Sunday Afternoon Cakes section.
I suppose you can allow yourself to skip around, beings as you’re already into the nuts, sugars, creams, berries and caramels.
Of course you can trust the this new book because it’s from Southern Living. “The Southern Cake Book” will not steer you wrong. Ideas are on every page. Don’t know why, but I hadn’t thought of baking a raisin into the king cake to represent the baby, and cut down on choking hazards. Here’s another idea, gelatin can flavor your frosting. That’s why I picked just this one little old frosting recipe to share from this amazing book. Here it is:

Strawberries and Cream Frosting
Stir together 1 tablespoon strawberry flavored gelatin and 2 tablespoons boiling water in a small bowl. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Beat 1 cup whipping cream and gelatin mixture at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy, gradually add two one fourth cup sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Stir in 1 8-ounce container sour cream, one fourth cup at a time, stirring just until blended after each addition. Makes about three and one half cups.

Purple time(er)
Somehow, the Taylor Classic Slim Timer seems both modern and old school. My purple timer magnet is a little thicker than a credit card and can go from room to room as you time your exercise or cake baking time (see above entry) or when it’s time to take a break and eat rum candy (see below entry). Sure phones can do this, but this Taylor quickly gets you to just the basics and it’s handy. You can get one with a whiteboard for scheduling your week. This is a great locker perk for back to school. A little timing is a great motivator. Check into it at

Say “Aye” to rum
Rum Coconut Patties new from Anastasia Confections. Look for the parrot with the pirate’s hat and hook on its wing. Cool Bites in resealable foil pouches are on the way. Of course, you could go to Florida for yours. The Orlando-based, family-owned company has been making sweet treats for years and boxes go home as souvenirs. I’m enjoying the rum flavoring. Wonder what took them so long?

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