Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Texas Sheet Cake

In honor of all of the January birthdays (my friends, family and me too) I am posting a recipe for my very favorite cake, Texas Sheet Cake.


Texas Sheet Cake

Heat to boiling point 1 cup water, 2 sticks butter, and 4 TBSP. cocoa. Remove from heat.Mix into the above mixture: 2 cups flour(AP), 2 cups sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt(sifted together).Mix well. Then mix 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk or sourcream, and 1 tsp. baking soda together and add to batter mixture. Mix well. Pour into prepared 18 x 13 x 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch sheet pan and bake in preheated oven at 400F for 20 min.

Frosting:1 stick butter, 4 TBSP. cocoa, and 7 TBSP. milk. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat. Pour in 1 lb. box of confectioners sugar(powdered sugar), 1 cup toasted walnuts, and 1 tsp. vanilla and mix. Frost cake while cake and frosting is still hot

By the way - I think nuts in cakes are gross so I leave out the walnuts.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Happy 50th Birthday Smurfs!

The Smurfs -- led by Papa Smurf and Smurfette -- kicked off a year of 50th birthday celebrations Monday with Smurfberry cake and sasparilla juice.

The Smurfs, forest dwellers who live in little white-capped mushroom homes, developed their own "Smurf" language in which nouns and verbs were interchanged.

Their debut on U.S. television in 1981 launched their global rise to stardom and made the Smurfs a household name. A Smurf is a Pitufo in Spanish, a Schlumpf in German, Nam Ching Ling to the Chinese, a Sumafa in Japan and Dardassim in Hebrew.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Dog + Cat = BFFs

A pet dog missed the family’s dead cat so much that he dug up his grave and brought the body back into the house.

When Oscar’s owners woke up the next morning they discovered the dog curled up beside Arthur, the late cat, in his basket.

His owners, Robert Bell, 73, and his wife, Mavis, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, believe that the dog had licked the cat clean before falling asleep.

Mr Bell said that the two pets were constant companions. Arthur, who was a large cat, used to help Oscar to climb on to the sofa.

Oscar, an 18-month-old Lancashire Heeler, had watched Mr Bell dig a grave in the garden and then lower the cat into the hole.Mr Bell said: “He had managed to climb out through the cat flap in the night, obviously with the intent to get Arthur back. Bearing in mind that Arthur was a huge cat, Oscar must have used all the strength he could muster.

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