Baking Fun



With my daughter’s 21st birthday party less than 3 days away I thought that it might be a good idea to start working on the cake. After all, it is going to be a 2 tiered monster, just because I feel that a 21st birthday is something special, and because I have something to prove to myself. Tie into the equation the fact that our furnace went out yesterday and it is still a tad bit chilly in the house. That is another story all on it’s own and I’m sure you will hear the whining about that later, but for now it is time for some fun! What better way is there to add some heat and of course glorious scents at the same time….bake, bake and bake. See my previous post for the Whacky cake recipe. Another cake being made for the party is a peanut butter and jelly cake. I have included this recipe as well.

Basic White Cake


1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 ½ cups flour

1 ¾ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray pan with cooking spray

Cream together sugar and butter, beat in eggs one at a time and stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Stir in the milk and mix until the batter is smooth. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Let cake cool completely. Since I’m decorating the cakes, I put them in the freezer, to make it easier to decorate.

The first layer of the white cake If the flavor of the batter is any indication of how this cake is going to taste, I doubt I will ever use a cake mix again!Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly CakeIngredients:½ cup softened butter¼ cup peanut butter-I used Peter Pan (every purchase of Peter Pan Peanut butter now through the end of May means $1.00 donation to hungry children in America, courtesy of Con Agra Foods. I’m hosting a “Feed the Hungry Children in America” House party in combination with Abbey’s 21st birthday party).1 ½ cups granulated sugar2 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla2 cups flour3 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 cup milkDirections:Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking pan with cooking spray. Cream together the peanut butter, butter, and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy, add eggs-one at a time and beat after adding each, beat in the vanilla. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, while alternating milk into the mix. Beat very well after each addition, and pour into cake pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.batter of pb & j cake

Peanut Butter & Jelly Frosting


¼ cup softened butter

½ cup, plus 1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 ¾ tablespoons vanilla

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

6 tablespoons milk

¾ cup grape jelly


Beat butter and peanut butter until smooth, add vanilla and gradually add confectioners sugar and milk until the icing is the consistency that you desire. Spread grape jelly on the cake and then frost the cake.