This post is dedicated to cake. Originally I was going to post one cake recipe then do my this-is-what's-happening-in-my-life deal, but I found all of these amazing pictures of cakes on Photobucket that I had to share. Also, you get two recipes for the price of one in this post. Both are my late grandmother's well-loved, often requested recipes. I hope you love them, too.
I must admit, when I was a kid, I wouldn't go near this cake. Pistachios? And the dang thing is green! But this is by far my favorite cake and has been since the first moment I got brave enough to try it. It reminds me of spring (probably because it was my grandmother's traditional Easter cake) and is light with a yummy, creamy frosting.
You will need:
2 boxes of pistachio instant pudding
1 box white cake mix
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup of a carbonated lemon-lime beverage
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 envelopes of Dream Whip
1-1/4 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine 1 package pudding, cake mix, oil, eggs, and lemon-lime drink and beat according to cake box directions.
Fold in Walnuts.
Bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 35 - 40 minutes.
Let cool thoroughly.
Beat together 2nd package pudding, Dream Whip, and milk until of spreading consistancy. Frost cake.
My grandmother was all about the sheet cake. I'm sure that if you wanted to, you could make this as a layer cake; refer to the cake package directions and adjust baking times accordingly.
Feast for the Eyes
Now, let's admire some beautiful cakes. All pictures are from Photobucket, the names below the pictures are the photographers.
I love robins. I love the fuzzy, huge hatchlings, the way they hop around looking for insects, their orange breasts, and their beautiful call. That is why I love this cake!
photo by katmin_album
I also love butterflies. I have plants all over my garden to attract them and am always adding more (perhaps I should write a blog about this - hmmmm . . .). These cupcakes make me happy.
photo by lovelyandfierce
Don't you admire bakers who can make beautiful sugar flowers? This cake is amazing and incredibly beautiful.
photo by Misha_Wolf
Wedding cakes. Us girls dream about them. We want ours to be beautiful and the best tasting cake that we ever had. I don't know what these taste like, but they sure are beautiful.
photo by mchper21
I love this cake. I really, really love it. Love it. Really.
photo by katmu_album (who must be an awesome baker)
This is so pretty. It makes me feel like a total girl.
This is our wedding cake. It's not the greatest picture (taken by a disposable left on one of the tables) but it was (really) the best tasting, most beautiful cake ever. Some advice: if you know anyone that is good at cake, have them bake it for you. We spent $100 on this cake baked by a lady who lives the next street over and used to cater. We bought the flowers and greenery at Kroger for $65. It was a Christmas wedding, thus the evergreens, and I had always wanted red roses on my wedding cake, so I bought 2 dozen and let Karen do her thing with them. I couldn't have been happier with this wonderful cake.
Pina Colada Cake
Who doesn't love a pina colada? O.K., I'm sure there are plenty of people, but I'm not one of them. Been drinking virgin coladas since I was a wee one. This cake that my grandmother often made always draws rave reviews. My family eats it up like there will never be another cake baked in the world again. And it is super easy. What more could you want from a cake?
You will need:
1 yellow cake mix
1 can Eagle Brand milk
Pina Colada mix (the same amount as the Eagle Brand milk)
8 oz. of Kool Whip
Coconut (enough to cover the cake
Bake cake in a 9x13 pan according to cake directions.
While still hot, punch full of holes with a fork.
Mix Eagle Brand milk and pina colada mix together and pour over the cake, making sure to cover the entire cake.
Frost with Kool Whip and sprinkle with coconut.
Eat a delicious piece keeping in mind that this cake is very rich; warn your friends before they take a monster piece.