Saturday, May 3, 2014

Norwegian Apple Cake

This Norwegian Apple Cake recipe has been the in family cookbook for many years, but I'd never tried it.  We were down visiting Grandma's (Mom) and she made this delicious, moist, apple goodness cake.  I asked where she got the recipe and low and behold, I have the recipe too!  I guess sometimes we get comfortable with the recipes that we know we like. 
I thought I would share this recipe, for others to enjoy too.  Plus it has real apples in it, so it has to be healthy right?  It makes a wonderful summer treat.  My hubby thinks it makes a great breakfast option, coming from the guy who eats lunch/dinner foods for breakfast. 

Norwegian Apple Cake Recipe

  • 2 cubes butter (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups milk + a little more as needed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 3 large apples or 4 medium apples
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 deg.  Cream butter and sugar really well.  Add eggs, milk baking powder, salt and flour.  The batter will be fairly thick.  Pour and spread into a lightly greased 9×13 inch cake pan.  Peel the apples, cut apples in half (stem thru end), remove the core.  Slice the apples thin, about 1/16″ to 1/8″ thickness.  
Place the apples slices in the batter standing up.  I like to start the apple slices about 1″ apart, then fill in with more apple slices until I’m out.

3 large apples in slices fills the pan. 

Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar, to your taste.

Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until the middle doesn’t look doughy.  And enjoy the apple-y goodness.
Yummy delicious apple filled cake.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Chick Cake Balls

With Easter just around the corner, it's time to think of that cute treat to bring to the annual Easter party and Egg Rolling.  Wondering what Egg Rolling is?  Well we color our eggs so cute and write our names on our egg carton.  We take our eggs to a hill and roll them down the hill.  Then we chase after our eggs and roll them again, until we can no longer roll them.  And repeat.  Wondering what the point is, well me too...but that's what we do every year. 
Ok back to the treat.  My family seems to love cake balls, they gobble them up.  Sometimes I like to try different ways to decorate them.  I'm not the best by any means, but they're usually cute enough to eat!  These little chicks are perfect for Easter time and spring, and they are pretty easy to make.
I like to use the Wilton Recipe for cake balls.  For these chicks I used carrot cake, it seems spring-y to me (must be because of the bunnies).  But you can use whatever flavor you like. 

1.  Make the cake according to the Wilton Recipe for cake balls.
2.  When the cake is cool, crumble it up and mix in 3/4 can of cream cheese frosting.  Add more frosting as needed.
3.  Roll balls of cake/frosting that are about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" balls. 
4.  Chill the balls, but don't freeze.  If you freeze them, it'll crack the chocolate as they melt.
5.  Melt white chocolate.  I usually melt it in the microwave 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, etc.  A double boiler is also an excellent option.  Tint it yellow with yellow oil based coloring, or yellow melts.
6.  Place the chilled balls on skewers.
7.  Dip the cake balls in the yellowish chocolate and allow to set up. 
8.  Melt some orange melts or white chocolate colored orange, put in a Ziploc bag and cut a small opening in the corner.  On wax paper draw some chicken combs and beaks with the orange chocolate and allow to dry.
9. Use the orange chocolate in the bag and glue the combs and beaks onto the cake balls.
10.  Melt brown/black chocolate and make little chicken eyes.

There you go, look how cute all of those little chicks are.  Happy Easter and Spring Time!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nursery Welcome/Check-in Poster

Our Nursery class leaders wanted to have a little check-in poster with the children's pictures on it.  We thought it would be a fun way to start Nursery each Sunday.  I put together this poster with the 2013 Primary theme which is Families are Forever.  I placed sticky Velcro dots on the right column to store the children's photos.  I also placed Velcro dots on each window (we have 15-20 nursery kids).  I printed the children's pictures and cut them into 3" circles and placed the other side of the Velcro dots on the back of the pictures.  The idea is to have the children pick their picture from the right side column and place it on one of the temple windows when they come into Nursery class.  The kids enjoy picking out their pictures. 
I thought I'd share the poster free printable in case you're looking to do something similar.  The picture is sized for a 16"x20" poster.  I printed mine at Costco, and it turned out nice.

Note:  the picture is from LDS and the papers and elements come from GG digital designs