Tuesday, October 23, 2012


 Autumn breeze
changing leaves
colors red and gold
Autumn sounds
All around
Beauty to behold.

Nothing speaks autumn more than some delicious Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Glaze.

 Pumpkin Cake with Browned Butter Glaze (adapted Buns in My Oven)

1 package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 eggs
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Beat together all ingredients for the cake until well combined.
2. Add batter to bundt pan and bake 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes in the bundt pan before turning onto a cake platter to finish cooling. 

For the glaze:
1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat until browned, about 8 minutes.
2. Pour the butter into a small bowl and whisk in the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth.
3. Drizzle over the top of the cooled cake.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Where Do I Begin???

It has been quite a while since I last posted. In fact, it has been ....oh, my goodness....3 months! Wow....3 months??? Really?? In those three months, I have moved from working with middle school students

to working with these precious little ones.

Never dreamed I would be moved to an elementary school after spending 25 years in middle school, but I have loved every minute of the move.

So what have I been cooking lately? Glad you asked. 

Carrot Cake

2 ¼ cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 ¼ cups oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups carrots, finely shredded
1 cup coconut, shredded
8 ounces crushed pineapple
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup golden raisins

2 (8 oz) cream cheese
1½ teaspoon vanilla
1 stick butter
4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup milk

1.Mix together the first 10 ingredients.
2.Add the remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
3.Pour into 3 greased and floured round cake pans.
4.Bake 350° for 30 to 40 minutes or until done..
5.Mix together the icing ingredients and ice the cake after it cools completely.