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Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

Nana’s Red Earth Cake (super moist, super devour-able)

One of my Nanas many recipes that people ask for is her Red Earth Cake.  I have been meaning to post it for awhile now.  I went home and made it with her about a year ago and took pictures but never set down to type it all up. My cousin Brooke (check her out she writes too) recently called and asked for it and since I text-ed it to her I figured I could take the opportunity to cut and past and add some pictures and finally get it on here. This recipe is precious to me and the time I got to spend with my Nana learning it is even more precious to me.  My Nana is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and I have been trying to enjoy all the moments while I can along with learning and compiling her recipes.  It is one of the reasons this blog is a huge part of my heart and soul. Please enjoy this as much as our family has over the years.

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Red Earth Cake
Cake Ingredients:
½ cup shorting/Crisco
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon red food color
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 7/8 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Ingredients:
1/2 stick of oleo or butter
16 ounces or a box of powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons hot coffee
1 teaspoon red food color
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure out the buttermilk first and pour it in a larger bowl and then pour in the baking soda and stir. It will increase in volume. Be sure to stir it well so that all baking soda dissolves. Set mixture aside.

Cream Crisco in mixer. Add sugar gradually and cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Mix cocoa, food color, and coffee in a small bowl to form a paste. Add to creamed mixture and beat until incorporated.

Add flour and salt mixture and then buttermilk mixture to the batter, beating to incorporate after each addition. Add the vanilla.

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Bake in two 8 inch cake pans, with parchment or waxed paper liners at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until it separates slightly from the sides of the pan. Don’t over bake. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Icing Directions:
Cream butter with sugar in mixer.

Make paste of coffee, cocoa, food color and vanilla and add to creamed mixture. If necessary, add more coffee until icing is of spreading consistency.

Ice the cake and between the layers… Devour as needed 🙂

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…….good luck it’s delicious!

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Family food and recipies

Ok I have been cooking and compiling recipes over the last year from my Nana. All the family favorites and I’m about to start uploading them to the sight. Slowly but surely I plan on having all the best Nana recipes and other family recipes. I want to remind everyone I’m not a chef I just started cooking a few years ago and I mess up a lot but what I have found it most of the time it’s fixable and it still taste great. The rum cake and red velvet are favorites so far. The last rum cake I made someone came over and asked what bakery I got it from, Braums or Ambrosias (two fancy bakery’s in Baton Rouge) and I know I was practically glistening with joy when I announced like it was my first born child that I had made it myself. This is just a quick post because I had cake on my brain this morning and I’m planning on uploading the pictures.

Life


I’m addicted to you,

its not good,

but it’s true.

#addictedtolife

#life

#love

#addiction

#lifeloveaddiction

#loveaddiction

#itssimple

This flesh

This flesh makes me so selfish. I can feel it tugging and wanting it’s way. They say my only recourse is to pray. It’s always inching towards it’s doom holding hands with time and writing letters to the tomb but it won’t cease one second till it’s rotting and resting, Something always clicking turning and manifesting. I refresh, then I tire, flip over repeat. A big pile of mess squashed in flesh meat. I feel it tugging wanting it’s way.

Sand and soul

I feel my mortality, it’s close to the surface. It’s a hang nail caught on my sweater that keeps waking me up reminding me we are all sand and soul and the sand is working hard against the soul.

Love is a good thing

It’s a good thing to feel loved, to be loved and to give love. It’s the finest of all the good things. It’s the golden thread. It’s beauty built inside that shines out. It’s the finest of the finest of all the best of things that exists.

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The Other Side

Awesome short little story I wouldn’t mind being read at my funeral one day

Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
August 13, 2013

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.’

Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know…’

‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man, and don’t know what’s on the other side?’

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog?

He’s never been in this room before.

He didn’t know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of…

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