Carrot Cake

This was a recipe originally from Taste of Home that I found so long ago, I had it written down on a recipe card.

hummdinger cake

You know, not printed up on a computer or anything like that. Just hand written. Straight out of magazine I probably borrowed from my mom.

Its a great cake, a favorite among cake eaters, easy to whip up and-did I mention?- its got carrots so fiber, right? And pineapple! And nuts! Heck, this is practically a breakfast food, probably better for you than a bowl of cereal!

I print it here, now, just for you. So you can make your basic and delicious and much requested carrot cake. Continue reading “Carrot Cake”


Gingerbread Cake

(Here is an old favorite I made again last night. Its been 7 years since the original post, so I thought I would dust it off and bring it out for a run around the internet world before retiring again.)

So, what was your first cookbook? The one you got for your wedding, or Christmas, maybe when you first moved out? Mine was a Christmas gift from my dear mother. The “Betty Crocker Cookbook”  which is now missing it’s spine, is yellowed and stained with the ripply pages of a book that has had flour and egg wiped off with a wet towel. I still refer to it on occasion. Its the “new and revised” edition from 1978. (gosh, before lots of you were born!) Continue reading “Gingerbread Cake”

Oddn n Ends with a slice of cake

Turtle fudge skillet cake, a secret recipe
Turtle fudge skillet cake, a secret recipe

So, do you keep a glass of water by your bed? I could not more sleep at night without water next to me that sleep without air. Or without a fan of some kind on as white noise. Us light sleepers would be waking up all night at every little noise if we did not have white noise in the back ground. And a snoring husband does not count as white noise. Thats more like, I dunno, black noise. Just noisy noise.

So its 2 in the morning and you need a sip of water. So you reach over, half awake, take hold of the glass and take a sideways sip, because you are leaning over toward the night stand. Ever try drinking out of a cup sideways? I have never really tried it while awake, but I somehow can manage it while asleep. Of course, sometimes a little water might not make it quite to my lips. Sometimes it escapes the cup and lands elsewhere. And depending on just how cold it is that night, and where the elsewhere is it landed on, you might suddenly find yourself VERY wide awake. And damp. Continue reading “Oddn n Ends with a slice of cake”

Dump Cake

Okay, so it is not a very delicious name. But what is in a name? A  cake by any other name would taste as sweet….never-mind.

This old copy has been around the block a bit. (maybe 20 years?)

This is easy, quick, takes 5 minutes to make and 1 hour to bake.

You need:

  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained a little
  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix
  • chopped nuts of your choice
  • cinnamon and nutmeg, a few sprinkles
  • 1 1/2 cubes butter

Take a 9 x 13 cake pan.

Dump the cherry pie filling in the bottom and spread around.

Dump the pineapple over that and spread around.

Dump the box of cake mix  over that and spread around. This is just the cake mix, you do not add anything to it. It is still in powder form.

Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and spices.

Now, dice the butter into little cubes and drop over the cake evenly.

 I sometimes use just 1 cube, to save on the fatness factor. But I realize 1) sometimes the cake ends up with dry pockets and 2) the whole cake is sugar and fat. It is what it is, just use the whole amount. You are not eating the whole thing yourself. It is a potluck or party kind of a dish to serve to many. No sense being squeamish over a little more butter. Its like buying 3 donuts for yourself and then getting a diet coke or low fat milk. Why bother now?

Anyway, where was I. Oh yeah, put this in the oven for 1 hour. Juices will bubble up, butter will melt and it will become a rich, sweet and most popular dessert ever.

Oh, and it has been around for years, so for many of you this may be old hat. But for the rest…