Neapolitan Cake

I have always loved Neapolitan Ice Cream, but I hardly ever have it. So I thought it would be fun to try making Neapolitan Cake.

Here is the recipe I used, from Betty Crocker:

1 box of Betty Crocker Super Moist White Cake

1 cup water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

10 drops Red food color

1/4 cup chocolate-flavored syrup

Chocolate Frosting (I don’t like making frosting, so I usually buy a tub from the grocery store.)

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Grease and lightly flour 12-cup fluted tube cake pan, or spray with baking spray with flour. (I couldn’t find my bundt pan so I used my Giant Donut Cake pans, which are basically two small bundt pans.)

2. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and egg whites with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour about 1-2/3 cups batter into pan. (Since I used two pans, I split up this amount into each pan.)

3. Into small bowl, pour 1 1/3 cups batter; stir in almond extract and food color. Carefully pour half pink batter over white batter in each pan. Stir chocolate syrup into remaining batter. Carefully pour half chocolate batter over pink batter in each pan.

4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1 1/2 inches from side of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Turn pans upside down onto cooling rack or heatproof serving plate; remove pans. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

5. In microwavable bowl, microwave frosting uncovered on High about 15 seconds or until frosting can be stirred smooth and is thin enough to drizzle. Spread over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Since I used two pans, I did a layer of frosting in between the two cakes and just spread the frosting over the two layers.

This cake turned out so delicious that we devoured it!

For my next baking experiment, I might try making these Neapolitan Bars, which call for devil’s food cake, white or vanilla cake, and strawberry cake. It’s fun to experiment like this, especially when things turn out so good. (I don’t show you the flops because what fun would that be.)

Winding Down

After a weekend full of entertaining, my brother, my niece and I decided to go skiing today. It was a fun, exhilarating, and relaxing way to spend a winter day outside.

Did I ever tell you that my all-time favorite thing to do is ski? I LOVE to ski! I learn how when I was about five years old, so it’s in my blood.

I didn’t take any pictures over the holiday weekend because we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day dinner. Things were quite busy in our kitchen! After all those guests and meals, I can’t believe we don’t have many leftovers. Just enough for one meal.

I have a lot to catch up on, so I’m happy to have a quiet week ahead of me. Hope everyone had a wonderfully festive holiday weekend too!

Slice of Donut Cake Anyone?

I saw this cake pan at William Sonoma and HAD to have it!

We love cake and we love donuts, so why not make them at the same time?!

First we made a batch of cake batter. Then we divided the batter in half, filling each of these cake pans about 2/3 full, and baked according to the recipe.

We added a little chocolate frosting to the middle to hold the two halves together.

Dave did such a fabulous job frosting the top of the donut cake to make it look like an actual donut. Next up, sprinkles!

This was such a fun baking experiment and delicious snack for a Saturday afternoon.

Anyone care for a slice?

Still 39

pink birthday cake

My family surprised me this weekend with an early birthday party.  We are going to New York City for my birthday and to visit Dave’s sister and brother-in-law.  They have lived in NYC for about ten years, and we just love visiting them and exploring the city.  So I can’t wait for the trip.  But since we will be out of town, my family was feeling a little left out of the partying, especially since this is a BIG one.

My mom likes to plan parties and she is really good at it from all her experience, so she helped my aunt Madelon plan a party at her apartment.  We had these wonderful bunwiches, which are ham and cheese sandwiches on buns, wrapped in foil and baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Terri and Mom

It was cool to see the whole gang there! We didn’t take pictures of everyone because, well, you know, most adults just don’t like to have their picture taken.

My cousin Wendy is an excellent baker, and she brought TWO cakes! One was a chocolate cake with pink frosting (which the little ones loved), and the second cake was a pumpkin praline layered cake.  YUM-O to both!

TWO birthday cakes

Dave liked the chocolate cake:

mmm- chocolate cake

I loved the pumpkin praline cake, which Wendy made from a Rachel Ray recipe.  Seriously, it was good!

mmm - pumpkin praline cake!

They even sang for me before I blew out FOUR candles (one for each decade, I guess).  Thanks family for a great party!  I have two weeks left to enjoy being 39, and then we’re off to New York to celebrate being 40.  I will write more on that particular topic as the big day approaches.  For now, let’s just enjoy looking at that number: 39.

PS: To all you bloggers out there: come back later this week.  I’ll be celebrating a milestone on this blog: my one year blogiversary and my 100th post.  You know what that means: giveaways!