CLASSIC YELLOW CAKE Food Recipes, Everyone needs a great classic yellow cake recipe, so I would like to share mine. It is very moist, has a wonderful "scratch cake" flavor and texture and even though there are several steps in the recipe, they are all quick and easy.

1 cup butter (room temperature) no substitutions
1½ cups granulated sugar
8 egg YOLKS   (yes, EIGHT!!)
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups cake flour  (see note below)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 350° and grease and flour two 9" cake pans that are at least 2" deep (this cake rises a lot!!)

Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside (I sift it twice).

Beat the butter and sugar together, on high, for two or three minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl about once a minute.

Add the egg YOLKS, one at a time (important), beating well in between each yolk. Add the vanilla.

Now you will need to add the flour alternately with the milk; start with flour and ending with flour. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl once in a while. I add the flour about 1/2 cup at a time, then add a little milk, then another half cup of flour. Batter will be very thick, like this:

Divide batter into two prepared pans evenly; I like to use this recipe for cupcakes. If you make cupcakes, only fill the papers about 1/3 full.

Bake 9" layers in preheated 350° oven for 25-30 minutes. If you are making cupcakes, bake them for about 20 minutes or until golden on top. With either pan, the cake will spring back a little when lightly touched when it's fully cooked.

Cool the layer cakes about 10 minutes before you remove them from the pans. If you make cupcakes, just cool them for 2 or 3 minutes before you remove them from the pans.

NOTE: This recipe calls for two cups of cake flour. If you don't have any, you can substitute the following: put 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a 1 cup measuring cup and then fill the cup with all purpose flour. This is a great substitution for cake flour. You will need to do this twice...once for each cup.
By Coleen Marie


EASY BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING Food Recipes, It seems that I have been on a never-ending search for good pudding recipes...we like pudding!! Picky-picky husbands favorite is butterscotch and I found one, last year, that had a fantastic flavor, but it was a little thick and paste-y for our tastes.

Because it had such a rich butterscotch taste, I've been tinkering with the thickening agents and the final results have produced a real keeper of a recipe.It is light, creamy, very butterscotch-y and super quick and easy to make... no tempering of eggs or anything complicated, just mix, bring to a boil then add butter and is done in a snap!!

1 cup brown sugar
3 level tablespoons corn starch
3 egg YOLKS
2 cups half and half
 2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon rum extract

In a saucepan that has a heavy bottom, mix the brown sugar and cornstarch. Once mixed well, stir in the half and half and the egg yolks; whisk until well mixed (run a spatula over the bottom of the pan to make sure you have everything out of the corners).

Cook on medium high until it just starts to boil (stirring the whole time).  When it starts to bubble, the pudding should already be nice and thick; remove from heat.

Whisk in the butter and extracts; mix well. Pour into dessert dishes and put some plastic wrap or wax paper directly onto the surface of the hot pudding. This will stop any pudding skin from forming.  

 Put in the fridge until well chilled.

NOTE: You get the best flavor if you use a combination of vanilla and rum extracts. If you don't have rum extracts, just use all vanilla.
By Coleen Marie


BUTTER COOKIES Food Recipes, These big 4" cookies are crispy, light as a feather and full of butter-y goodness. They are too fragile to ship through the mail, but straight out of the cookie jar, they are melt in your mouth perfection.

1 1/4 cups butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 egg YOLKS
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 TABLESPOON of vanilla extract

Cream the room temperature butter and granulated sugar with your stand mixer. Once smooth, add the egg yolks, one at a time, and beat well in between each addition; beat in the vanilla.

Mix the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar, and add this mixture to the butter mixture, one cup at a time. Mix well.

Cover and chill the dough for about 30  minutes.

Roll the dough into 1" balls and roll them in granulated sugar.  Place on an UNgreased cookie sheet (3" apart)and flatten slightly.

Bake in 350° preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden.  Recipe makes 3½ dozen cookies.

Rolling dough into 1" balls, will give you 4" cookies, so leave lots of room between each cookie ball on the cookie sheet.

By Coleen Marie

FOOD RECIPES : Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Food Recipes,
I found this quick, easy, delightful recipe on the For the Love of Cooking web site. It makes one dozen super moist, super chocolate-y, super yummy cupcakes. This recipe is going into my "5 star file", that is for sure.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup BOILING water

Preheat the oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with 12 paper liners.

Sift together all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the egg, milk, oil and vanilla and beat together with an electric mixer until combined.

Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the boiling water, mix until just combined but smooth.

The batter will be very watery looking, so don't be alarmed.  Pour the batter evenly into the paper liners.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. Remove from oven and cool before frosting.

Do you have a craving for chocolate?
Give this a try, they are great.

Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes FOOD RECIPES
By Coleen Marie


Oh my goodness, this cake is beyond perfect. It has that wonderful taste that you only find in the "center part" of a good cinnamon roll (does that make sense?). The first time I tried it, I was compelled to close my eyes and savor it in complete was THAT good.

The cake is quick and easy to make and it is one of those great recipes that tastes good (even better) on day two and three (if it lasts that long).It would be a big crowd-pleaser for ANY occasion.
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco (see note)

Put the above ingredients in the food processor and process until the mixture looks sort of like wet-ish sand. Remove from food processor and place in mixing bowl.

To the above mixture, add:

3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 whole large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix everything just until smooth, do not over mix. I did this with an electric mixer on low.

In a different small bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, set aside.

Grease and flour a 9" x 13" GLASS baking dish. Put half of the cake batter in the prepared pan. Sprinkle it with 2/3 of the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture, then top with the other half of the cake batter. Gently swirl a small knife through the batter, making sure that you don't scrape the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle the top of the 2nd layer with the final 1/3 of the brown sugar-cinnamon.

Bake in a preheated 325° oven (yes, that is 325°) for 50 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean (don't over bake).

Remove from oven and let the cake sit for 15 minutes, then drizzle frosting glaze over the top of the hot cake (leave the cake in the pan).


2 cups confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Whisk till smooth and drizzle over hot cake.

Keep this cake in the baking dish, just make sure you cover it tightly with plastic wrap AFTER it is completely cooled.

This cake is beyond moist and delicious on day two and three.

NOTE: The recipe calls for butter flavored Crisco; I have no idea how the batter/cake would turn out if you used something else, (sorry).
By Coleen Marie


TACO MEAT LOAF Food Recipes, This meat loaf is a lot of fun and it is a great way to perk up any week night. It has crushed corn chips, salsa and cheese in it and then its topped with refried beans and more cheese.

The "heat" of your salsa will determine how spicy this meatloaf is, so it is easy to adjust for younger kids (and us grandparents). I like to serve it with Spanish rice, refried beans and coleslaw. It is a great change of pace.
  1 pound of LEAN ground beef (less than 10% fat)
½ cup of finely crushed corn chips
1 beaten egg
3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
½ cup of (your favorite) thick and chunky salsa
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup of Mexican blend shredded cheese

1 cup of refried beans
¼ cup of your favorite salsa
1 cup of Mexican blend shredded cheese

In a bowl, mix the ground beef, corn chips, egg, chili powder, cumin, salsa, black pepper and ½ cup of shredded cheese. Mix thoroughly and form into an oval on the baking sheet (not in a loaf pan).
 You should have an oval meat loaf like this

In a small bowl, mix the refried beans with ¼ cup of salsa and frost the top of the uncooked meatloaf with it. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. The last few minutes of baking time, sprinkle the top of the meatloaf with one cup of shredded cheese and return to oven.

To serve, gently slide a thin spatula under the meatloaf to loosen it from the baking pan and lift it (all in one piece) to a nice serving dish.

NOTE: I do not add salt to this recipe because there is plenty of salt in the other ingredients.
NOTE: By baking this on a sheet pan (rather than a loaf pan) the grease will run out onto the pan and not "soak" your meatloaf.You shouldn't have much "grease" if you use 90% lean ground beef.

By Coleen Marie


PEANUT BUTTER SNACK CAKE Food Recipes, Are you old enough to remember the snack cake craze? Simple sweet cakes made for no special occasion, other than to just "snack on"; they were great. I don't  know when, or why, they faded from the scene, but I've decided to bring them back into my kitchen as a welcome change from the ever present cookie jar. Peanut butter cake, studded with mini-chocolate chips and frosted with a peanut butter and honey frosting...what's not to love?!
This cake is delicious and, if kept covered, stays moist for several days. The recipe ingredients listed here are for a 10" round cake, but you can double the ingredients and bake it in a 9"x13" pan as well.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini-chocolate chips

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the flour, sugar, peanut butter and butter until it is crumbly.

Add the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and mix on low speed until everything is well combined, then mix on med-high speed for three minutes.

Dust the mini-chocolate chips with a tablespoon of flour and then shake off the excess (this will keep them from sinking in the batter as they bake). Stir chips into the batter.

Bake in a greased and floured 10" round pan at 350° fir 35-40 minutes or until toothpick tests clean (my electric oven took 35 minutes).

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto serving plate.

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons milk
Warm the peanut butter and honey in the microwave until it is soft but not melted. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy.  FROST CAKE WHILE STILL HOT.

NOTE:  If you double this recipe for a 9"x13" cake, 
make sure you double the frosting as well.

By Coleen Marie

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