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Beet Spice Cake

7 Aug

I shared that I had peeled grated some of the beets I got from my sister.  It really looked like a massacre in the kitchen.

I used them to make a beet spice cake!

The batter was such a pretty pink.

It came out of the oven looking like a nice cake–not a hint of pink at all.

I added cream cheese frosting.

It was delicious!  A spice cake.

You’d never know it was made with beets.

Beet Spice Cake

4 eggs
1 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 Cup white sugar
1/3 Cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 Cups all purpose flour
2 tsp., baking powder
2 tsp., baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups grated beets
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Pour into a sprayed 9 x 13 cake pan and bake at 350*F for 40 – 50 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).


Pumpkin Roll

10 Oct

Since I harvested the pumpkins, I thought I better finish up last year’s pumpkin that was left in the freezer.  I didn’t want the same old pie or cake, so I hit the recipe books and Internet and started getting creative.  I came up with a pumpkin roll.  I must say, it is almost decadent.

You make the cake first.  Start by creaming together 3 large eggs and 1 cup sugar.

Next add 3/4 cup of prepared pumpkin.  If you don’t grow your own, you can always buy pumpkin.

Add 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.

Mix these ingredients thoroughly and add 3/4 cup flour.

You use both baking soda and baking powder for leavening agents~ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder,

Next mix in your spices:  1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.  I was out of nutmeg, but I will definitely add it next time.

Prepare your baking pan.  Use a 15x10x1 inch cookie sheet.  Line it with parchment paper that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and floured.

Pour in your batter.

You  might have to spread it evenly around with a spoon or spatula.

Bake it at 350* F for about 25 minutes.

As soon as it is out of the oven, dust the top with powdered sugar.

Cover it with a tea towel and then turn it out of the pan.

Carefully remove the parchment paper.

Now gently roll the cake and towel up.

Let it sit until it’s completely cool.  While it’s cooling, you can make your cream cheese frosting.

Cream together 4 ounces of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of margarine that have been softened to room temperature.

Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Use your electric mixer and add powdered sugar a little at a time until you get the desired consistency.  It will take about three cups.

Unroll your cake.

Spread the frosting on it.

Roll it back up.

I placed it on a lovely fall serving platter.

It’s ready to slice and serve.  Remember to keep this in the refrigerator.

This one is actually better the next day after all the flavors have had a chance to combine.

Recreates and Questions

19 Jul

We are back stuck in a rainy weather pattern.  It makes it hard to do much outside, so I thought I’d try and recreate a couple of posts that I did not get transferred and ask a question or two.  First, I have sunflowers growing where I feed the wild birds in the winter.  The seeds are supposed to be sterile, but I guess someone forgot to tell the seeds.

I’ll have to remove the flowers before the seeds mature because farmers around here do not like them spreading and coming up in their bean fields and clogging up the combine.  I wish I could leave them for the birds to just pick the seeds themselves.

My first question is about the egg my sister’s Aracauna chicken laid.  It was just huge.   When she broke it open, it had the usual yolk and white, but it also had another kind of egg in there.

Look at that bizarre little thing.  I’ve never seen anything like that before.  The only things I’ve ever had come out of my eggs are yolks, whites, and chicks.

We cracked open the smaller egg with its very fragile shell.  It was completely full of white, but no yolk.  Have you ever seen anything like this?  How does it happen?

Last week was our county fair, The Central Iowa Fair.  My son is grown now, so I don’t usually pay much attention anymore; however, my sister is a 4-H leader and does a lot of work for the fair.  She asked if Mom and I could help with making cakes for their cake walk.  I made eighteen cakes (9 boxes) and mom did sixteen.

We frosted them all and took them to the fairgrounds.  I was very disappointed at how little there was at the fair.  What is it that makes some county fairs great and others not so good?  What type of activities does your county fair have to bring in people other than the 4-H families?

Finally, I ordered shagbark hickory trees to plant in my pasture.  They came as bare-root trees that were about a foot long.  I put them in pots (I wasn’t quite ready with the panels to protect them from the goats), and nothing happened.  I left them and now they have come to life from the root.

I’m not sure what to do with this one because it has two separate stems growing.  I don’t want a tree that splits at the base.

Do I snip off the smaller one?  How do I shape these into great trees?