Oatmeal Blueberry Cake

I want to share with you my creation! Sometimes, creating recipes is so therapeutic, and lifts my spirits.

So with my yellow flowers around me, and my kids wanting breakfast, I decided to create.

I looked in the record book for some sort of yummy pastry, but was constantly pulled to an oatmeal cake.  To me oatmeal does not taste very good all by itself, even as cookies or cake!  I looked around the house and found some great additions, and let me tell you, you must make this cake!

Here is the end result:

Here is the recipe:
Boil 1 1/4cups water
Add one cup of quick oats, and set aside.

Cream together
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar

After the ingredients are creamed add
2 eggs

Add the oatmeal

Then add
1 1/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt

Stir in fresh blueberries!!

Grease a sheet pan, and spread the batter.

Looking great so far!

Place in a 275 degree oven and cook for 45 minutes.

Here is a different way to glaze the top.

Mix together
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup half and half

When the cake is done cooking, spread the glaze over top and place under broiler for 5 minutes, no more!!!

This is what it looks like:

This is what it looks like when it is first cut:

And again, this is what it looks like when I placed the blueberries that had fallen out, on top:

Delicious !  Eat warm and with a cold glass of milk!

P.S.  The pan is already half gone.  I guess this calls for extra workouts!

Pear Coffee Cake







I have made my great grandmothers coffee cake so many times, and love it!  We had so many pears, and thought pears would be a perfect addition to the cake.  So, I found the recipe, and cut up some pears.  For some reason, I found myself straying from the recipe!  Have you ever thought you were following one, only to look down and see that you forgot several steps? That is what happened to me.  Instead of separating the eggs, I plopped the eggs right in.  I also accidentally added a tablespoon of baking powder to the doubled recipe, instead of two teaspoons.  When I realized this, it was a little too late, and I thought, Oh well, let’s see what happens!  Well, the result was delicious!  The baking powder actually caused the cake to bake up and around the pears, burying them in the middle of the cake, which ended up being spectacular!  I love pleasant surprises like these!

Here s the recipe with the mistakes, not doubled.  I hope you try it!

Pear Coffee Cake

3/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2tablespoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup milk

3 sliced pears

Sift dry ingredients together, set aside.  Cream sugar and butter and add the egg.  Alternately add the egg mixture and milk to dry ingredients.  Place in baking dish.  Add sliced pears to the top.  Pour over the top of cake 1/2 stick of melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over the top.  Bake up at 350 for 25 minutes.

Eat and enjoy!



Apfelkuchen or Apple Kuchen

The recipe I am going to give you today is Apple Kuchen.  I will give you the rest of the delicious recipes tomorrow, along with the yummy German dish I made last week.
Apple Kuchen or Apfelkuchen
A coffee cake from Germany
Preheat oven to 375
1.  Soften 1 packet of dry yeastor 1 cke compressed yeast in 2 tablespoons of warm water.
2.  Combine 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup scalded milk in large bowl.  Cool to lukewarm.
3.  Stir in 1 unbeaten egg and the softened yeast.
4.  Gradually add in 2 1/2 cups sifted flour with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg beating well after each addition.
5.  Let rise in warm place until doubled in size.  About 45-60min.
6.  Spread in a well greased 13x9x2 inch pan.
7.  Prepare 3 cups of apples; pare and slice 1/4 inch thick.  Arrange in rows over dough.
8. Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons softened butter; mix well.  Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture,and sprinkle the rest over the apple topped dough.  Cover.
9.  Let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
10.  Bake in moderate oven 20 to 25 minutes.
11.  Blend one egg with light cream.  Pour over coffee cake and bake for 15 minutes more.  Remove from oven and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Serve warm.
This is delicious!!!!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This is a cake that is an absolute must try!  So moist, chocolaty and very delicious.  I got this particular recipe from my great grandmothers Record Book.  Now here is the deal.  The frosting was not supposed to look like that!  It was supposed be light and fluffy like a cloud.  Mine turned out to be runny, but it was still very, very good!  Oh well, it was a good mistake I guess!

So without further ado, here is the cake recipe!

Mayonnaise Cake

2 cups cake flour (I used all purpose)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons soda
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water

This is very important:  Sift together the dry ingredients 3 times!  This ensures that the cocoa is incorporated!
Add one cup mayonnaise.  Mix.  Add one cup water.  Mix together until blended well.  Add vanilla.
Bake in a greased pan at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

White cloud frosting
I want to state that I messed up on this frosting!  But it was still really good the way it turned out!

1 cup shortening or oleo (butter)
1 cup sugar
1cup milk
6 tablespoons flour

Add milk and flour to a sauce pan and Cook slowly, stirring.  Allow to cool completely!!!!!! I did not let mine cool as much as I should have. 
Cream shortening and sugar, add milk mixture, add vanilla
Beat until fluffy and spread.  Or in my case pour.

I hope you enjoy this yummy cake!

Yellow Cake Recipe

Recently, I made a scrumptious home made yellow cake with oh so yummy home made chocolate frosting.   This is a vintage recipe, so have a great time feeling nostalgic as you make it!


Yellow Cake

3 cups sifted flour

2 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup plus two tablespoons butter

1 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

2 large unbeaten eggs

1 1/4 cups milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Start by heating oven at 350 degrees.  Grease then line with wax paper, bottoms of two 9″ cake pans.  Sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

With electric mixer at medium speed, thoroughly mix butter with sugar, then eggs, until very light and fluffy-about 4 min. Then at low speed, beat in alternately, just until smooth, flour mixture in fourths and combined milk and vanilla in thirds.  Turn into pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until done.  Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes.  Remove from pans; peel off wax paper; cool on racks.

Rich chocolate frosting

6 tablespoons butter

3 cups sifted confectioners sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dash salt

1 bag chocolate chips, melted

About 5 tablespoons of milk

In medium bowl, cream butter.  Add part of sugar, blending gradually after each addition.  Mix in vanilla, salt, chocolate.  Add remaining sugar alternately with milk, beating after each addition until smooth.  Then beat hard until frosting is creamy and of spreading consistency.


Enjoy, and I cannot wait to see what you have been making!



VIntage Recipe-Happy Hour Cake


I love cooking vintage recipes!  I especially love cooking from my Great Grandmothers cookbook she made for my mother.  This book is a compilation of recipes dating from the 1940’s through 1960’s, and given to my mother in 1968.  It was made with much love to help prepare my mom for marriage.  There are fun stories of married life, but also delicious recipes from magazines, newspapers and creations from my great-grandmother herself.  A very special book indeed.

Last year, I began cooking a recipe a day, but then life began to takeover, and suddenly I could not keep up anymore.  I still want to make a cookbook of vintage recipes, but, I may have to be more creative with my time to carry out this goal.

I decided to post today a fun and very different recipe for cake, called “Happy Hour Cake”.  This is a recipe from my grandmother, and I must admit I was nervous to try it.  I did not know how beer would taste in a cake.  I mean, we love to put brandy and sweeter alcohols in our cakes, but beer?  To me this is different.

But, I womaned up and cooked this cake, and to my surprise, I like it!  So here is the recipe for you to enjoy, and have a happy time eating it.


Happy Hour Cake

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2/3 cups shortening ( I used butter, my son is very allergic to shortening.  I am sure you can also use animal lard as well.)

2 well beaten eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cloves

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 3/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

1 1/2 cups chopped dates ( I left these out because I did not have dates)

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

1/2 cup chopped nuts (I left these out due to a horrible allergy to nuts in our family)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1- 12 oz can of beer

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add dry ingredients, add beaten eggs and mix well.

Add bananas, dates, nuts and vanilla and mix well until blended.

Add beer to blend.

Bake in large, long pan at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes

Carmel Icing

5 tablespoons butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

Boil together for 3 to 5 minutes.  Add vanilla.

Add 1 cup sifted powdered sugar and mix well until it is the right consistency to spread on cake.