Wit 'n Wisdom of Janice LaQuiere

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Old friends, and good thoughts!

Years ago, twenty-something now, our Sunday evenings often used to be spent in the company of good friends. After the Sunday evening service we'd come home and pop a couple pans of homemade pizza in the oven. Often a family used to join us for the meal, bringing with them dessert. Time has passed, but we still affectionately call this "K-- Cake," in honor of our friends.

In reality this commonly known as Texas Cookie Sheet Cake, or Chocolate Cookie Sheet cake. This evening, after issuing a late invitation to dinner guests, I managed to make this in through this together. The light textured cake is topped with a fudgy topping.

Chocolate Cookie Sheet Cake

1 cup coffee
3 1/2 T Cocoa powder
1 cup butter
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda

1/3 cup milk
1 stick butter
3 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts

Bring to boil coffee, cocoa powder, butter, and put in bowl. Add flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and soda. Mix well and place in greased and floured 11x17" cookie sheet.

Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees.

While cake is baking you can make the frosting.

Bring to boil and remove from heat; milk, butter, and cocoa. Add sugar, vanilla, and nuts. Spread on hot cake.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Something old, something yum!

Tomorrow is Friday. While perhaps in Prince land Wednesday is spaghetti day, around here we traditionally have spaghetti on Friday. We have been for over twenty years. Often we have company, and so traditionally I also make a dessert (because there's lots of people to eat it and I can make it guilt free.)

After scouring through my mental files trying to figure out something different to make I remembered "Dump Cake". My partner in crime gave me the recipe when I was in my teens--years ago. Not long afterwards I assembled the ingredients in pan, set in on the edge of the counter and promptly dumped it upside down on the floor. Coincidently enough, it's the only cake I've ever dumped.
Anyway, it's delicious, quick, and easy to make.

Dump Cake
12-16 servings

1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in syrup (undrained)
1 can (21 oz.) Cherry pie filling
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut in thin slices

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9" pan.

Dump undrained pineapple into pan; spread evenly. Dump in pie filling and spread into even layer; spread evenly. Sprinkle pecans over cake mix. Put butter over top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 48 to 53 minutes. Serve warm or cooled.

Sunday, April 08, 2007


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