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Subject: Favorite Cakes for a bake sale or cake walk
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 8:05 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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What do you bake when you need a cake or a bake sale or cake walk, I want something different but nice to take to a school function!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:09 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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Here's a recipe I cut out of the paper years ago- it's a twist on a classic, and it's really delicious!  I haven't made it in a long time, but you reminded me of it, so now I'm going to have to make it again soon, lol!  I've always thought that a cinnamon glaze would be tasty on this, and would be easy to make- just combine some confectioners sugar with milk and cinnamon and drizzle over the top.  Here's the recipe:

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

2 1/3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup butter, at room temp

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

6 eggs

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Butter and flour a 9-inch tube pan.

Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter and shortening in a mixing bowl and beat until the mixture is light and creamy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  (If using an electric mixer, do this on low speed.)

In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Slowly stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk until just blended.  Stir in the vanilla and optional walnuts.

Pour the batter into the prepared tube pan and smooth the top.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 1.5 to 2 hours.  (Do not open the oven for the first hour.)



Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2006
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I always skipped the cakes and went for the platter of brownies if there was a choice! usually there wsn't because the ones ahead of me did too LOL! we had one at church once(cake walk) and the brownies/cookies and an orange cake went first. the cake was nice looking with a glaze(one of those round kind..bundt? anways the woman's reputation with that cake was well known from church suppers and there were 4 men trying ot pay off the winning kids to choose that one for them!) also, after the first round or two it was mostly kids wanting to play so that probably influenced the choices greatly. I think good 'ol chocolate would go well too!

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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Thanks Leslie sounds good!

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:36 PM ET
Member Since: 11/25/2007
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You might try Jumbo Muffins! They are always a hit whenever I take them to a potluck dinner....

Heres a recipe for them:

Pumpkin Muffins

 You can use a variety of flavors, etc. and add-ins to suit the tastes at your house.


1 cake mix (any flavor)
1 can pie filling (any flavor OR 1 can pumpkin (plain) OR 1 1/2 cups applesauce
3 eggs (sometimes use 2 if they are jumbo size.)

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full, bake at 350 15-18 minutes for reg. size; 22-25 minutes for large (
Texas) size muffins.

I use apple pie filling (chopping up the apples with a pastry blender) with yellow, spice or carrot cake mix, adding nuts & raisins.

The pumpkin with spice cake mix is good. Cherry chip cake mix with cherry pie filling is a hit.

Lemon cake mix with lemon pie filling is tasty.

I've even used a chocolate cake mix with a can of chocolate pudding that turned out great.

I always throw in bakers bran wheat, oat bran and toasted wheat germ to make them a bit "healthy"! The possiblities are endless.


Date Posted: 3/14/2008 8:50 PM ET
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with Easter/spring coming up I've seen lots of cute cupcakes and cakes on the covers of the women's magazines at the store...they look really cute! I bet something like that would go over well and be more' original' like you're wanting.

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 12:49 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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Thanks both your ideas sound good too!

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 3:47 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
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If you are still looking for an idea, here is one I've tried and gotten good response from.

A dessert pizza

I used a sugar cookie roll on a pizza pan and cooked per instructions.  After cooled, I covered with a thin layer of cream cheese.  Atop that, in circles, I put fruit (kiwi, strawberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, peaches, etc.)

Have fun!

Subject: this is a wonderful banana bread recipe
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 10:36 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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3 fully ripe bananas

2 eggs

1 c veggie oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 c. sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 c flour

Grease a 13x9 inch pan. Whirl bananas in blender container until pureed. Add 1 cup veggie oil and 2 eggs; whirl again. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Pour banana mixture all at once into flour mixture. Mix until just blended. Pour into prepared pan, tap on counter to remove bubbles. Bake in pre heated oven 350 degrees, for about 45 minutes or until center springs back lightly when touched. Cool on rack. Can be served right from pan.

for an alternative - add 1 cup of chopped walnuts into batter before baking.
top with cool whip

Last Edited on: 5/21/08 10:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 2