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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
My daughter is going to manage a ski chalet for the winter season, and is practising her culinary skills. She has to provide breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course dinner for ten each night, and she is most concerned about the cakes for tea. She is experimenting with as many recipes as she can find that basically involve throwing all the ingredients into a food processor and then into the oven. As she is living with me till then, guess who has to sample and comment on all her efforts?

So far we have had crunchy apple and cinnamon cake, chocolate fudge cake, walnut brownies, lemon drizzle cake, banana bread, fruit and spice cake, meringues, raspberry muffins and gingerbread. Most of them she has made two or three times till she feels she has the seasoning and timing just right. So I have a kitchen full of cake and I think I have put on pounds in just a week.

If anyone has a favourite easy cake recipe to share, please feel free to send it. And I wish I could send some cake to everyone!
post #2 of 23
ooh I love cake
post #3 of 23
Jenny, I think you need to hold a bake sale!
post #4 of 23
That sounds very expensive!!!
post #5 of 23
That sounds awesome Jenny...too bad you live so far away
post #6 of 23
Sounds like a fun job for your daughter! I hope she has great fun

Now, if I can just book a Eurostar ticket, I could help you eat some cake!
post #7 of 23
One of my favorites is so easy it starts with a mix. Would that be just unconscionable to her?

I just take a good pound cake mix, use orange juice instead of water for the liquid, and throw in some halved fresh cranberries and chopped pecans. At holiday time, you can drizzle it with white icing and make a design in pecans and glace cherries on the top. It's wonnnnderfullll...
post #8 of 23
I'm taking a cake decorating class and have the same problem. I need to make a cake every week to decorate and I live alone, so I've been eating a lot of cake lately. I know I should try to give them away, but you know once you've taken a slice out of it you can't exactly bring a half-eaten cake somewhere....
post #9 of 23
No recipes, but I would think that varying sorts of sweet breads would suffice.
Banana bread, cranberry bread, zuccini bread, etc.
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
She is not allowed to use ready mixes, and they supervise her marketing. There is a bit of a competition, I think, between the chalet girls as to who can do what, and she wants to do well, especially since she will be on her own, without the support of her ex. But fortunately for me, tomorrow she is going to Paris to meet up with some friends and she is taking a lot of the cakes with her. I think the three of them will eat nothing but cake for the next three days. I finished the last of the lemon cake tonight though - it is definitely my favourite so far!
post #11 of 23
It doesn't get any simpler than this. We used to make this one as kids. But it's still wonderful. Works fine in a square pan, too, for cutting into squares.

Wacky Cake

In an 8" round cake pan sift together

1/4 c cocoa
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c flour

Stir to combine evenly, then make three wells. In one well, put 1/3 c light
oil; in the second, 2 tbsp vinegar; in the third 1 tsp vanilla. Over the
whole, pour 1 cup water. Mix together until completely blended. Bake in
350 oven 35 minutes.

This is the basic, old favourite. If you want to dress it up, here's a variation...

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Ingredients are the same. Mix the dry together. Mix the wet together,
then add slowly to the dry. Line cupcake tins with paper cups and fill each
two-thirds full.

The following topping works equally well on either cake or cupcakes...

1/2 cup soft cream cheese
1 egg
1/4 c sugar

Blend well and drop by spoonfuls onto base(s), sprinkle with chocolate
chips (takes about a cup)

Bake cupcakes with topping about 25 minutes in 350 oven. If you use the
topping on the cake, give a few extra minutes over the normal 35.

Sending lots of for success.
post #12 of 23
You must be the luckiest person on earth right now
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
But fortunately for me, tomorrow she is going to Paris to meet up with some friends and she is taking a lot of the cakes with her. I think the three of them will eat nothing but cake for the next three days.
Is she going on the "Marie Antoinette Tour?"









...and for you sticklers, yes, I know Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake", but the joke had to be made!
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by clixpix View Post
Is she going on the "Marie Antoinette Tour?"
post #15 of 23
Can I come drown with you!?!

Actually I have half of a big pumpkin chocolate chip cake in the other room to finish! DH surely wouldn't mind helping with the extra cake too!
post #16 of 23
This thread has put six pounds on me and all I've been doing is READING!
post #17 of 23
If I were her I'd be more worried about the 3 coursed meals!! But since when has cake been a bad thing?
post #18 of 23
Cake ...

My sister does this banana cake that is sooooooooooooooo moist...
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
You must be the luckiest person on earth right now
That is what I was thinking
post #20 of 23
Thread Starter 
Fran, those recipes sound great. We will experiment as soon as Faith gets back. She will need cheering up - she has heard that her ex has moved in with his new love, so a new cake recipe will be just hte job to keep her occupied.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
Can I come drown with you!?!

Actually I have half of a big pumpkin chocolate chip cake in the other room to finish! DH surely wouldn't mind helping with the extra cake too!
Could you post or PM me the recipe? We have three huge pumpkins I have to do something with! I estimate that there's enough pumpkin to make about 10 pumpkin pies. Far too many!
post #22 of 23
Jenny what a pity were not having a UK meetup
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Could you post or PM me the recipe? We have three huge pumpkins I have to do something with! I estimate that there's enough pumpkin to make about 10 pumpkin pies. Far too many!
The recipe is in the Cooking with Cattitude II cookbook. I called it Pumpkin's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake. If you don't have that let me know and I'll PM it to you!
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