White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting




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White Mountain Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
I’m a little behind this month so thankfully I found this recipe that I had never posted this past summer. This recipe is for White Mountain Cake. This cake is very special for me for two reasons. Firstly, this cake recipe comes from a long time family friend who passed away a few years ago. His name was John but everyone called him Jack. He suffered from a stroke when I was a teenager and I’d go to visit him in the nursing home often. I’d always sneak in a coffee and donuts. The stroke had left him unable to speak correctly. He has slurred speech and his words were hard to make out. But, if I played a Christmas song for him he would sing it without missing a beat! I still remember how his eyes would light up when I came into his room. I also remember him telling me how he was ready to go home. I knew that he meant his eternal home and not his earthly home. He was ready to be with Jesus. He would always point upwards when he told me this. It makes me a little teary eyed just thinking about it. As much as I miss him, I’m glad he is home with Jesus, and with no more pain and suffering. He’s probably also eating lots of this cake.
The second reason this cake means so much to me is that I got the icing recipe from my Aunt Sherry. My aunt is one of the hardest working women that I know. It’s something that I never told her, but I have always admired that about her. She is also one of the most fun people that I know! She always knows how to have a good time and knows how to throw an awesome party! What I love most about her is her laugh. It’s hard for me to make this cake without hearing her burst into laughter! She has such a throaty, hearty laugh and it’s so contagious! And she’s absolutely beautiful. In fact, years ago she was chosen to in Woman’s World magazine for a makeover. I didn’t think she could get any prettier than she already was, but her makeover was stunning! The magazine did an amazing job.
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One slice of this cake will leave your taste buds begging for more! This cake leaves the most amazing aftertaste and will have your taste buds begging for me! The cream cheese added to the recipe cuts some of the sweetness, which makes it a perfect combination! You do want to make sure to cream your sugar and butter.  This is a very important step! If you don’t it will leave your cake very flat. Trust me, I learned this the hard way! You can also substitute the cherry filling for another type of berry filling such as blueberries or strawberries! Whichever berries you choose, you’re going to love this cake!





Pumpkin Cake

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If you have been following me for a while, you may already know that of my love for all things fall! I literally love EVERYTHING about this season! Comfy sweatshirts, beautifully arranged mums sitting on porches, and especially pumpkin! Every year I get excited for the announcement that Dunkin Donuts is finally serving their pumpkin flavored coffees! Just give me this pumpkin cake and some Dunkin Donuts pumpkin flavored coffee and I’ll be a happy camper! A few weeks ago I was hungry for pumpkin cake and decided to turn one of my favorite recipes, White Mountain Cake, into a pumpkin cake recipe! The recipe for White Mountain Cake came from an old family friend who went home to be with Jesus years ago. It seemed fitting to turn this cake with great memories attached to it into a cake for my one of my favorite seasons… though I love Christmas, too!

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With the texture of a pumpkin roll, and spiced just right, this cake screams fall! This cake is very moist. When mixing the cake, be sure to not over mix, or it will end up a little on the sticky side. I loved making this cake because it does not require any icing. Tons of whipped cream is all it needs… and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon! Now, if you wanted to make some icing for it, I’m sure you can find something delicious on the internet. I think a cream cheese icing would pair nicely with this cake.
I definitely plan on spending my weekend chowing down on this yummy cake with a nice, hot cup of coffee!


Homemade Crescent Rolls




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Homemade Crescent Rolls 

I grew up eating these Homemade Crescent Rolls every year on the Holidays. My mom would make them for our Christmas eve party. I remember going to bed excited for all the Christmas festivities to begin while the smell of yeast lingered in the air. Oh how they left such a lovely scent. Even now, to this day, when I smell them baking it takes me back to my childhood slopping every last bit of my mash potatoes and gravy up with one of these delicious homemade crescent rolls.

Forming the Crescents: 

I am going to show you how to shape these Homemade Crescent Rolls. I tend to be more of a visual person myself, sometimes it is just easier to see whats going on no matter how clear the directions are.

Step One: Once the dough is formed and has rose to double its size, cut the dough in half. Use your hands to form each half into a circle then use your rolling pin to continue forming the circle. You should have to circles of dough that looks like this:


Crescent - 1

Step Two: Next use a pizza cutter to make 8 wedges. You will end up with 16 wedges all together, 8 on each circle of dough. It should look like this:

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Step Three: To form the crescents you want to start with the fat side and gently roll towards the thin side. Once you have rolled all your crescents place them on a slightly greased air bake pan (they work the best so the bottoms don’t burn) and give them a little bend. Cover and allow to rise for 15 minutes. They should look like this:

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Aunt Marry’s Apple Dumplings




Aunt Mary's Apple Dumplings

Aunt Mary’s Apple Dumplings 

Everyone says Aunt Mary’s Apple Dumplings are the best. I would have to agree but I have a confession to make, I don’t really like apples. Or any fruit for that matter. No, I am the girl who peels off the delicious warm outer layer of the apple dumpling and devours it with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Some lucky soul next to me will get the “guts” or as you would probably call it, the apple, of my dumpling. If this were a perfect world I’d sit next to someone who didn’t like the warm flaky crust that has been drenched with a sticky butter and brown sugar sauce. They could have my apple and I could have  another serving of that warm flaky crust with sticky sauce. But this world is far from perfect and until then I will just have to deal…

In order for your apple dumpling making experience to be more enjoyable there are two things you are going to need.




  1. You are going to want a good apple corer. I didn’t have one and tried coring the apples with a knife and it was a mess, I don’t recommend doing it this way. Not to mention this was very dangerous, I cut myself twice while doing it this way. so learn from my mistake and buy an apple corer. I would actually recommend buying an all in one apple corer & peelers but I will leave a link to both.

Apple Corer & Peeler                                                    Apple Corer Only

                                                          

2. You are going to need some good baking apples. If you use a different type of apple they will not bake properly. Personally, I like using granny smith apples. They seem to bake very nice and everyone loves them.

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Strawberry Crunch Pound Cake

Strawberry Pound Cake

I know I have been making a lot of cakes lately but this strawberry pound cake really takes the cake (pun intended). Due to the upcoming Easter holiday, my sister has come home from New York for the week. I am beyond thrilled! Because when my sister comes home it’s a free for all.. a free to stuff your face with all the food you want with no judgements and no talk of diets kinda all. So far we have been to the long horn for steaks and, of course, she had to one up me and get a steak AND lobster meal. Then the very next day we decided we needed to make a trip to Buffalo wild wings for a sandwich the size of our hands! And as if that meal wasn’t enough, we then decided we needed a slice of pie.. oh, and a coffee from Starbucks. I mean you can’t have pie without coffee, can you? Today she picked my son and I up for lunch at one of our favorite dinners, we did get a salad.. but I am not going to tell you everything else we got =p I am afraid that, unlike my sister, you will judge me. I mean I would probably judge me if I were you too, that’s a lot of food! But it doesn’t happen often, only a few times a year, so we take full advantage. And I am always sad to see her go. But I don’t want to think about that right now. Right now I want to focus on this lovely cake we will be indulging in for the next day or two, three if we’re lucky!

This Strawberry Crunch Cake reminds me of a strawberry scooter crunch.  It is so good! It is a moist strawberry pound cake with a cream cheese frosting and then is topped with “crunch” that is made from vanilla pudding and strawberry jello. This is the perfect summertime cake, your guests will love it!

This recipe was adapted from one of the recipes I inherited from my Nana.

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