Caking with Mom: The Makings of Icing

Oh sure, icing isn’t healthy for you.  But what in the world is healthy for you when it involves Crisco and sugar???  It’s the moderation that is the key to…….oh heck, what is moderation anymore when a cake is involved???  It’s all about the icing here people!  The icing is my most favorite part of…

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Caking with Mom: The Cake is Baked!

When making cakes, it is a good idea to make a few little extra cakes for later enjoyment.  This particular cake is amazing with fresh strawberries on top of it during the strawberry season.  So, Mom always makes a few little extra mini-cakes to put in the freezer until time for the sweet succulent goodness…

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Caking with Mom: Stir Baby, Stir…

You must stir, stir, stir.   There are things that you know you shouldn’t have in the mix.  Air bubbles in your batter are like the bad kid in the group.  The one that encourages everyone else to misbehave…..Air bubbles in cake batter are not your best friends.  Just like in life, you must continue to…

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Caking with Mom: Little Tricks

So, as I said before, I won’t be telling all of Mom’s tricks.  But, I will share this one.  To promote even baking of the cake in the oven, Mom places Flower Nails upside down in the pan.  Then pours the batter into the pan and makes sure the Flower Nails are evenly spaced in…

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Caking with Mom: Grease Monkey

No, I’m not talking about working on a car.  I’m talking about working in the kitchen with Mom.  Another important part of the caking process, or baking in general, is the greasing of your pan.  There may be a more eloquent term for it, but that’s not what I’m all about.  I’m here to tell…

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Caking with Mom: Foreplay of Baking

Everyone knows you need to have the oven the right temperature before baking your items or the end result just won’t be any good, and may cause unnecessary frustration.  That’s why preheating is the foreplay of baking.  (Some of the entries in the series will be short and sweet.  Some will be full of words. …

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Caking with Mom: Be Prepared

Shouldn’t that always be the motto for life?  You never know what is around the bend.  Some events are hard to be prepared for in life.  For instance, the earthquake in Japan that caused a continuous strand of chaos to follow it.  There is no way anyone could have been prepared for all that followed those…

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Caking with Mom: An Introduction to the Series

There comes a time in a young woman’s life where she begins to see her Mom within her own being.  As I sit here typing this, my face is reflecting back at me behind my words.  I see my Mom in me….a lot.  It’s not just in the beauty I see reflecting back at me that…

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Molasses, Molasses and Mo’ Molasses…

Memories come flooding back when I think about Molasses…memories that involve those wonderful Southern Biscuits and my wonderful dear Mom.  I remember sitting across from her at Sunday Lunch at Maw-Maw’s and seeing this yellow jar in her hand.  It was always Grandma’s Molasses.  Growing up, I couldn’t stand molasses.  It made your mouth pucker.  That…

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Fluffy, Light, Moist, Easy…What more could you ask for in a cake???

Yes, I used those four words together to describe a cake.  A delightfully delicious cake that is a HEALTHY version!  Yes, cake and healthy were just in the same sentence.  Exciting, eh???  So, in my effort to lead a healthier life, I have been exploring different cookbooks and healthier versions of tried and true southern recipes.  This…

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