Finding happiness in baking can come from many things. The first whiff of chocolate from a freshly opened bag of chocolate chips. The joy on a child’s face when they are able to crack the egg into the…
Finding happiness in baking can come from many things. The first whiff of chocolate from a freshly opened bag of chocolate chips. The joy on a child’s face when they are able to crack the egg into the bowl by themselves. The absolutely delightful smell that fills every corner, nook and cranny of your home as your baking creation comes to life in the oven. The smile on the faces of friends and family when you bring that special dessert to the table. But sometimes the most simple joy can come simply from the fun and creative names of the treats that we bake. These two recipes brought a smile to my face simply because of their names. I hope that they do the same for you.
Happy Day Cake
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add in the shortening, milk and vanilla. With an electric mixer, beat the mixture for 2 minutes. Add in the egg and beat the mixture for an additional one minute. Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan. Pour the mixture into the cake pan. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Frost with your favorite frosting (chocolate in our house) or top with berries and whipped cream.
Cloud Nine Butterscotch Squares
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 package (3 3/4 ounce) butterscotch instant pudding mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, beat the butter until it is creamy. Add in the pudding mix and mix well. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Alternately add in the milk and the flour. Mix well. Stir in the oatmeal and chocolate chips. Put the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and then frost with the following.
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, milk and sugar. Bring the mixture to a heavy boil. Allow the mixture to boil rapidly for 30 seconds. Take the mixture off the stove and add in the chocolate chips. Allow to cool a bit and then frost the bars.
Wishing you a happy, cloud nine kind of day!