Monthly Archives: April 2010

Peppermint Patty Cake

Hello everyone,

Here’s a recipe a entered in the fair many years ago, if you can’t eat eggs this chocolate cake is for you!


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup baking cocoa

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups cold water

For frosting and Filling:

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 baking cocoa

1 stick unsalted butter (4oz.) softened

1/2 cup Crisco

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

1/4 tsp. popcorn salt

5 tblsp. heavy cream

Mini peppermint patties, for decorating the cake.

Grease and lightly flour 2, 9-inch round cake pans; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix he flour, granulated sugar, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, mix the oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Vigorously stir oil mixture and water into flour mixture for 1 minute until smooth. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans to wire rack to cool completely. ***   In a large mixing bowl beat all frosting ingredient’s together until smooth. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on plate spread 1/4 of frosting on top, place 2nd cake layer on top, frost top and sides of cake. Decorate cake with mini peppermint patties.

For a moister scratch cakes, I cool the cake in the pans for 10 minutes, then wrap in plastic wrap and freeze the cake overnight. To get the cake out of the pan, dip the bottom in very hot water and the cake will come out of pan. Another trick I use is after I have greased and floured the cake pans I place the pans in the refrigerator while I make the cake batter. It keeps the Crisco and flour from melting into the cake batter when you put the cake in the oven.

Ray delivered my cake today to the VA home. I was going to make a TV shaped cake, but changed my mind. The vet liked sports also so I made a small sheet cake and made 3 different balls to place on top. The golf ball and the baseball looked nice, but my basketball didn’t look right. I couldn’t get the black lines straight like they should be. Hopefully next time I can get it right!!! I have 9 cakes for next month, I know wow. They are still looking for bakers to take some more cakes, we have a lot of cakes in May. I don’t have any Angel Cakes next week. My grandparent’s anniversary is next week, I need to make something for them. I’m thinking of baking a few pies. The all get tired of cake, and so do I. Last year I canned some really beautiful cherry and apricot pie filling’s. I think I’ll make one of each and a lemon meringue pie, my grandmother loves lemon!!! Grandpa will eat a piece of all of them, he loves pie!!! lol!!!!

My health is doing ok, my leg is doing a lot better now, it sure did hurt for a while. I see the lung Dr. tomorrow and the specialist on Friday. I hope I can go off the steroids. I have lost some weight which is nice, the steroids made me gain 30 lbs!!!! I hate it!!! I had lost some weight before all this started last year. It has been really frustrating for me to gain this weight back. My face doesn’t look as puffy as it used to and my neck isn’t swelled like it used to be… Hopefully I can get this weight off..

I hope your all having a great day!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Cakes


Turkey Sausage Chili

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all having a wonderful day! I made this recipe awhile ago and it’s so good! Give it a try you won’t be disappointed.

Turkey Sausage Chili

1 lb. Turkey Polska Kielbasas sausage, diced

1 (15oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (11oz.) can corn niblets, undrained

1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes with jalapeno chilis, undrained

1 (4oz.) can diced fire roasted green chilies, undrained

1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic clove, minced

2 tblsp. olive oil

1 tsp. salt

1 tblsp. chili powder

1 cup water

In a large pot, over medium hight heat, heat the oil and lightly brown the sausage and onion about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredient’s and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes more.  Serve with warm cornbread. This chili freezes well.

I have only 1 cake this week, it for the VA and I’m not sure what I’m baking yet. 

I’m in a lot of pain now, Ray and I were hanging up the outside screens on the windows yesterday and I stepped in a dam gopher hole and twisted my left hip. Man I am in pain!!! It hurt all day yesterday and is still hurting today. Ray rubbed some icyhot on it plus I have taken some pain pills for it, it’s just taking the edge off of the pain. Ouch!!! I’ll just have to give it a few days to heal up…

I’ll talk to ya all later…


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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Soups


Apple-Oatmeal Crumbles

Hello everyone,

Here’s an old recipe I found in what we called the BIG BLUE BOOK. This was a cookbook of sorts of all the recipes that we would clip from newspapers, magazines, ect… I don’t remember where this recipe came from, it was just in there, and it’s really good!!! The book after 30 some years of use finally gave up and died, fell apart I should say!!! Don’t worry we kept all the great recipes we had in there, this is one of them.

Apple-Oatmeal Crumbles

1 cup oatmeal, quick cooking

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3 tblsp. vegetable oil

3 tblsp. maple syrup

1 cup applesauce

1/3 cup finely chopped dried apricots, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes

1/3 cup golden raisins, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 8×8-inch square baking pan. In a mixing bowl mix together the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and baking soda mix until crumbly.  Stir in the vegetable oil, and maple syrup, press all into pan (reserve 1/2 cup for topping).  Bake for 10 minutes, then spread the applesauce on. Top with the apricots, raisins, and with reserved 1/2 crumb mixture. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Hope your all having a good day, I delivered my cake to the nursing home today. I will be delivering a cake to hospice tomorrow, I decided to make a strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting. Plus I am also baking a humming-bird cake for my husband’s work tonight. They are having a potluck tomorrow to welcome the new people who are working there. I have a few other thing’s I’m baking tonight, banana bread, chocolate cupcakes, and a banana pies. I know what your thing why are you baking so much right??? Well some thing’s will be going to other people, plus I trying out a recipe to enter into the FN banana contest, I need to get them done tonight my banana’s need to be used before they go bad!!!

Well until another day everyone….

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Cookies


Turkey Sloppy Joes

Hello Everyone,

Here’s my take on Sloppy Joes. I can’t eat beef too much, it upsets my stomach a lot. I know a lot of people think ground turkey is gross or taste’s rubbery, but I have never had that problem. Plus it’s leaner and doesn’t cost as much as beef does.

Turkey Sloppy Joes

1 lb. ground turkey

1 tbslp. olive oil

1/2  medium onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 medium green pepper, chopped

1 (14oz.) can diced, no salt added tomatoes, undrained

1  (8oz) can no salt added tomatoes sauce

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup ketchup

1 tblsp. Worcestershire sauce

Toasted bread to serve on or with. I like onion style buns with this, very tasty.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the turkey with the olive oil, onions, garlic, and green pepper. Add remaining ingredient’s and simmer for 10 minutes until sauce is thickened, and onion and peppers are tender. 

As I write this recipe it sound so good, I haven’t made it for awhile, might make it this weekend. Yummy!!!

I have 2 cake to make this week, one for a nursing home the other for hospice. I only had one cake planned for this week, but we had a family crisis come up and my mom who is also an Angel Baker can’t bake her cake this week, so I said I would take care of it for her.  I don’t want to talk about what happened yet, not sure I ever will here anyway. It’s really bad is all I can say and don’t know what’s going to happen. The only thing I will say is that I hope this person will give their problems to the Lord and stop trying it on their own. I can’t make it one day without Jesus, I would be lost without him. For some of you I know you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll try to explain the best I can. I am a Born Again Christian, that means I have asked Jesus to live in my heart and have devoted my life to Him and His work, you can to!!!  Jesus has healed me from so many thing’s in my life, that I don’t even know where to start. I just know he has been with me through some very difficult times in my life. I’m not perfect and have done some thing’s I’m not proud of, you know those kind of thing’s you wish you could go back and change. You know what they say hindsight is always better than foresight! Maybe someday I put it all down in a book, my husband keeps telling me I should. When Ray and I met I was 25 and he kept telling me I have lived more life in 25 years (I’m almost 35 will be in June) than most people live in their whole lifetime.  I’m not sure about that, I know a lot of people have thing’s far worse than I do, so we’ll see maybe…

Well I need to go for now, I hope you all have a wonderful day!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Meats


Coconut Rum Bread

Hello everyone,

Here’s my take on coconut rum bread, I first read about something similar in one of Tyler Florence’s cookbook called (Tyler’s Real Kitchen). I love this cookbook, but can’t make a lot of the recipes in there because he has a lot of seafood recipes. I’m landlocked as people call it, seafood here comes frozen and pricey. Well’s enough talking for now here’s the recipe…

Coconut Rum Bread:

1/2 cup (1 stick-4oz.) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tblsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 tsp. rum extract

1 tsp. coconut extract

1/4 cup light rum

1 cup evaporated milk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

zest of one lemon

2 cups toasted coconut

1 cup golden raisins, soaked in water for 10 minutes

For Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-4 tsp. light rum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and brown sugar together, add eggs, extracts, and zest.  Fold in the flour mixture alternating with the milk and rum, fold in the coconut and raisins. Batter will be thick. Pour into prepared pan, and bake for about 45-50  minutes. When bread is cool drizzle with icing. To make icing mix together the powdered sugar and rum to taste.

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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in Breads


Mexican Cookbook

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let you all know about a great Mexican cookbook that we picked up many years ago when we lived in Mesa, AZ. It’s called (Mexican family favorites Cook Book, by Maria Teresa Bermudez.) It has some of the best recipes I have ever tried for mexican cooking.  I made some turkey enchilada’s last night and they turned out great. The recipe say’s to lightly fry your corn tortilla’s in oil, but I don’t do this. I just dip the tortilla in the warm enchilada sauce, and it works great! I stopped buying enchilada sauce after I made some from this cookbook, the canned kind just doesn’t taste the same, plus this is so easy to make! There are several very tasty dessert’s in there to. Get this book you won’t be sorry!! I found it on Amazon for ya!!!

I’m working on my cake for the mentally challenge adult tonight, I baked the cake last night. It’s chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  The young lady likes horses, so I decided to go with that theme.

I saw my eye Dr. today and my eyes are slowly getting better, which was great to hear or see lol!!! My leg is doing better, it’s not swelling or red like it has been. Guess what my last Dr. appt with Dr. appt with my MD. went really well, I don’t have to test my blood sugar anymore! I also lost 4 pounds since the last time I was there!!! yaaaa!! I do have a bladder infection and a yeast infection that I’m still fighting, but other than that thing’s have been getting a little better with my health…

I hope your all having a great day!!!

Amanda 🙂

P.S. not mad at my husband anymore… 🙂

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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Cookbook


Strawberries and Cream Scones

Hello everyone,

I love strawberries! I came up with this recipe awhile ago, it’s one of my favorites!

Strawberries and Cream Scones

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tblsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

6 tblsp. chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup heavy cream

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently stir in the cream and strawberries. Gently pat out into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.  Brush top off scones with more cream then sprinkle with course sugar. Bake on an ungreased baking sheets until tops are golden brown. Serve warm with butter and strawberry jam.

I’ll only be making one cake this week for the mentally challenged adults place. They called me today and asked if I was bringing a cake for one of their people today, I said no… Apparently they gave the wrong dates for this young man’s Birthday, I had the understanding it wasn’t until Thursday. Now I called them early yesterday morning to confirm the date of there Birthday’s and to get an idea on what they would like, I had to leave a voicemail message. I never heard back, so I called again before they closed for the day, and I asked about the 2 peoples’ Birthday’s ect… The lady said nothing about the young man’s Birthday being today!!! I said I didn’t know anything about it, she said that’s ok they decided to go and buy him a cake. I was going to make a WWF wrestling cake for him, since that’s what he wanted. Oh well this has been wierd month for me

I hope your all doing well today, I saw my Dr. today and I have another infection, not fun… Family stuff till isn’t settled, I really just don’t know what to do. I feel like I’m being closed off from everyone. If I sound depressed I am, I don’t like it when thing’s go bad with my family. I did get a chance to talk to my dad today, after playing phone tag for a few days. He drives truck and was in California today. Last time I talked to him he was is Texas somewhere. He didn’t know when he would be home, he was hoping to be home this coming weekend. It would be nice to see him..

P.S.  Mad at my husband right now 😦    ggrrr!!!

Until later everyone…


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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Breads


Indian Potato and Pea Soup

Hello everyone,

Here is a recipe that I made for the Spud Fest a several years ago. They haven’t had the festival for the last 3 years and I don’t know why. I wish they would bring it back. The last year they had the festival, I won Best in Show for my Chocolate Idaho Potato cake. It had potatoes in the cake plus the frosting. When I find it I’ll post it here. I know I still need to post the Zabaglione cream that we made at the Italian restaurant I worked at. I’ll make it this weekend just to be sure I remembered the right way to make it. I have 3 cakes to make this week 2 for the mentally challenged adults and 1 for the VA home. I’m not sure what I’ll be baking yet for them. I’m waiting for the place that has the mentally challenged adults to call me back. I know what the vet want’s, he likes cat and went to the University of Colorado. I don’t know yet which one I make or both I don’t know yet… 🙂

Here’s the recipe:

Indian Potato and Pea Soup

2 tblsp. olive oil

2 cups peeled and diced potatoes

1 large onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. graram masala

1 tsp. coriander

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, crushed

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

4 cups vegetable broth or stock

1 cup frozen peas

4 tblsp. sour cream or plain yogurt

Chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish

Heat oil in a large saucepan and add the diced potatoes, onion, and garlic. Saute gently for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the salt, pepper and other spices and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the vegetable stock and bring to boil. Reduce the heat cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Add the peas and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream. Garnish with the chopped fresh cilantro.

I hope everything is going well with everyone, I’m still feeling a bit down in the dumps. I have been sick all weekend, I had taken some medicine for my stomach but it hasn’t helped.  I have an appt with my Dr. tomorrow,  maybe she can figure out what’s bothering me still…  My family problems have only gotten worse, I really don’t know what to do about it other than wait it out and see what happens. My mom’s husband removed his FB page from my mom’s entire side of the family including his own daughter. I don’t know why he did that, it’s not fair to punish the rest of the family just because my mom and I are not getting along. This isn’t the first time he’s taken thing’s to extreme like this. Maybe we should just stay away for a while or longer, I don’t know. I just don’t know what to do.. I guess I’m tired of the one-sided relationship I have with them, my mom will never admit to it either. I’m the one that’s always in the wrong and say I’m sorry even if I didn’t do nothing wrong. I don’t know how my dad put up with this for 25 years. He would say he was sorry no matter what the problem was and even if he didn’t do anything wrong. I can still remember  a fight they had when I was 13, she threw a bowl at my dad and yelled I want a divorce and he said well you bitch. They then went outside and kept fighting and my mom took off in the car like she always did.  I remember us kids crying and not knowing what to do. I called my grandparent’s and they were no help. There comment was we don’t get involved in family stuff??? I think they were  just cowards and didn’t want t lift a finger to help, they have always been that way… Well enough of my venting for now…

I hope your all doing better than I am now….


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Posted by on April 12, 2010 in Soups


Apricot Honey Cake and I’m sorry….

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry for my tirade yesterday,  this thing with some of my family member’s hasn’t gotten any better. I think its getting worse… I really don’t know what to do about now. Maybe sometime there will be a solution to the problem. I’m feeling pretty low right now… I went to my hair stylist yesterday to get the back of my hair cut shorter. She’s can see how thin my hair has gotten over time. I have a bald spot in the back of my head, you can’t see it yet, it’s still covered by hair on top. This all related to the PCOS and the Sarcoidosis. I loved my hair growing up it’s the only thing about my looks that I liked. It used to be  very thick and was a light brown color. I colored it blonde after I got divorced, that was about 13 years ago??? Wow, so many thing’s have changed since then.  The marriage was bad and ended badly, I was only 19 at the time. I will have to get a wig before to long, I knew this day was coming, just not so soon.. Well enough of my crap for now…

Here’s a recipe I made up a while ago, I hope you all enjoy it…

Apricot Honey Cake:

1 cup honey

3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened (1-1/2 sticks) 6oz.

3 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup apricot preserves

1 cup all-purpose flour

2-1/4 cups cake flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup sour cream


1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 tblsp. unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4-5 tsp. water

pinch of popcorn salt

For cake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan and set aside. In a medium bowl sift the flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside. Combine the honey and butter and beat until smooth, add eggs one at a time. Scraping bowl as needed. On low-speed add the preserves, the sour cream, and the vanilla. Mix in the flour mixture, until smooth. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto serving plate. Combine all icing ingredient’s together until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake. Enjoy everyone!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 10, 2010 in Cakes


Fudge Ripple Cake and a crazy week!!!

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter? Mine was ok, we decided to go to my grandmother’s house. My mom’s church was going to have an Easter dinner, but canceled due to the pastor’s wife being sick with shingles. My mom thought we were coming to their church dinner, (Ray and I go to a different church) I told her no. We had decided to go to just our church then go to a movie or something. I don’t understand why she always assumes we are coming over to her church activities. They never come to any of the one’s we invite them to. Like my niece’s and nephew have been in the Christmas program the last 2 years. I have asked my parent’s to come, but they never do. We have no desire to go to my mom’s church we are happy where we are at. I wish she would just accept it and leave us alone about it.  I guess I sound mean, but I have no other place to express my feeling’s, other than talking to Ray and my counselor about all this.  No I don’t think my mom read’s my blog. If she does she’s gonna be mad at me for talking about all this on here. My mom’s husband wrote something on his facebook page that upset me also, I won’t put down what he said here, but my feeling’s have been really hurt by this. I don’t know what I’m going to do about it. I guess I’ll cross that bridge later….

I have had a crazy week, I have made 4 cakes this week,  3 needed to be delivered on Monday. I took the cakes before I realized that it was the day after Easter. One cake my husband took to the VA, I made the vet a football cake. The first one I delivered was to the mission. Now I didn’t have to take a cake there, I just decided to make an Easter cake, and yes I know I was a day late I just wanted to make a cake for them. The other cake went to a nursing home.  Wednesday I had another cake to go to hospice, and Wednesday was a bad day to start with. The plastic we use to wrap the cakes with gave me a lot of trouble that morning. Can you imagine a grown woman slamming that thing on the counter and swearing??? Well that’s what I did, had quite a meltdown, I finally got the stuff to unroll like it should. Then on my way to the hospice place I knew I was going to be late, (they want the cakes there by 1oam) I called them and they were fine with that. Now, I would have made it more on time but I missed the exit and was 2 exits away before I realized I had even missed it!!! I had to double back and finally made it by 10:15. It was a bad day all around. I didn’t get much sleep the night before and was really tired. I don’t have anymore cakes this week. I have 3 cakes next week and they will be easy to make. It’s been a wierd month, 2 of the Vet’s I was making cakes for have passed away. There birthday’s were on the 21st, they didn’t die the same day either. Wierd all around!!!

My health still isn’t very good, the shingles are coming back. UHHH!!!! My Dr. did call in another antibiotic for me. I see her next week, then she’ll be back to her native country (India) for 2-3 months. I am really going to miss her! I asked her if she was coming back and she said of yes! She said I’m not quitting my job, she just needs some time off. She has been my Dr. for 4-5 years, she’s never taken this much time off before. I don’t remember who will be taking her place for a while, she had a long different name.

Here’s another cake for everyone, I made this one up awhile ago. I just found it today while going through some stuff. It’s really good!!!

Fudge Ripple Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 stick unsalted butter (4oz.), softened

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

1-1/2 cups water

6 tblsp. buttermilk powder***

2/3 cup baking cocoa

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tblsp. plus 1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided

1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2 tblsp. butter, softened

1 tblsp. cornstarch

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 large egg

Using 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, line with parchment paper, then grease and flour the paper; set aside. Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, powdered buttermilk, and baking cocoa together; set aside. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, beating well. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Scraping down the bowl as needed. Add flour mixture alternating with the water. Blend in the 1 tblsp. vanilla. Pour batter evenly into pans’ set aside. In another medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, 2 tblsp. butter, and cornstarch at medium speed until creamy; gradually add the sweetened condensed milk beating well. Add the 1 egg; beat well, and stir in the 1 tsp. vanilla. Spoon the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cake batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans and peel off the paper. Cool completely before frosting,

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 stick unsalted butter (4oz.), softened

1/8 tsp. popcorn salt

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tblsp. baking cocoa

4 cups sifted powdered sugar

2 tblsp. heavy cream

Beat all ingredient’s together until smooth. Spread frosting on cake layers.

Note: Powdered buttermilk can be found in the baking section. It’s under the Saco brand most of the time.

Enjoy everyone!!!

Amanda 🙂

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Posted by on April 9, 2010 in Cakes