Friday, October 28, 2011

~Fun Food Friday...Spice cake~

~I'm so grateful to the Lord (and our nice landlady) that I now have a rack in my oven.  =) I'm slowly but surely learning how to bake cakes in my oven.  You see it has no temperature gauge, it's just like an dial on a gas stove...high, med. and low.  =}
When one has just moved to a new country it takes awhile to stock up the pantry.   So, I was looking through my October Taste of Home trying to find a recipe for which I had at least most of the ingredients.  I found one on p. 21 and I made it yesterday.  It's yummy.   It called for powdered sugar (of which I had none) so I drizzled white choc. on top.  (Don't you hate it when you get a lump in your white choc. and it squirts out messing up your pretty design?  But, one of my family asked if she could have her piece from THAT side?! =)~
~Greek Spice Cake~
1 Tab. shortening
2 Tab. PLUS 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 Tab. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract (I didn't have this)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves (didn't have this either)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp. confectioners' sugar
1. Grease 10 in. fluted pan (Or whatever pan you find in your apt. in Argentina ; -) with shortening and lightly coat with 2 Tsp. flour, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, beat the sugars, oil, buttermilk, eggs, and extracts until well blended. Combine the remaining flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and baking soda; gradually beat into the sugar mixture until blended.  Stir in pecans.
3. Transfer to prepared pan.  Bake at 325 for 50-60 mins. or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Cool for 10 mins.before removing from pan to wire racks to cool completely.  Dust with confectioners' sugar or drizzle with white chocolate.
And as Always....ENJOY!                                               



Sherry L Dickinson said...

I was wanting a Spice Cake recipe a day or two ago, so it was neat to see your recipe on your blog post! I am happy that you like to bake. I like to bake when I have the energy but these days, I sure wish I could be close to you so I could eat your baked goodies!
I still am trying to pray that Jesus will take care of your laundry situation.
Dear Jesus, you see all the laundry that adds up with a family of this size. Will you please, please bring a solution to this concern? And thank you Jesus, for providing for the needs of this family, as they've changed locations on this big footstool of yours.
We are your children and we love you. Thank you for the gift of your love when you died on Calvary's cross for our sins.
I love your Fun Friday Specialties, Heather! And, I love you too! Mom D

lila said...

I am happy you got a rack for your oven! The cake looks beautiful! I love your blog, it is a refuge to me!! All the positive things and answers to prayer does my heart good!! love you tons

Daryl Hausman said...

The cake sounds YUMMY!! And it looks so pretty!
Love you all much!

mmsbryan said...

Learning to substitute both the pan and the provisions is part of what it takes to be a creative Mom where all needed is not at your finger tips. You have that gift! I had to smile at the line "or whatever size pan you have in argentina" I am thankful also for the rack in your oven, may God help you learn the temperature guide. Your cake is pretty and I argee with the one that wants the piece where the blob showed up. I love you and all our your family. Moma

Daryl Hausman said...

Way to go, Heather! In our little booklet entitled, "You might be an M.K.if..." there's one entry that made us laugh, for it's so true...
(this isn't an exact quote) You might be a missionary if... you are used to substituting almost EVERYTHING in a recipe, for you don't have it in your country! or as in our case often..."or in your pantry!" Looks BEYOND yummy! may need to try it. Oh the memories of a gas oven in our Russia and Romania days) High, Med or Low... I usually guessed around Med to Med low and made it!;)
love ya, (hope you don't mind my relating SO well to your stories!)
lots of love,
Your sister who's missin you like crazy, Laura~

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