Cream of Coconut Cake

I have been making one version or another of this cake for so long now that I couldn’t even begin to tell you where or when the idea originated.

Coconut Cream Cake is a fairly rich dessert.  It’s similar to a tres leche cake, except it uses cream of coconut as one of the components.  This one is also served right from the pan you baked it in, which can be a blessing for folks like me who can hardly get a small cake out of a pan in one piece.

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Angel Food Layer Cake

Angel Food Layer Cake has a creamy middle layer of cream cheese.  Topped with cherries makes a beautiful presentation.  Other pie fillings can be used to fit your own tastes, I just prefer the stunning contrast of the white and red.

This can be made with either a box mix or by making your own.  I use a box mix because I hate the thoughts of wasting so many egg yolks or looking for a use for them.

There is no rule that says you must bake and angel food cake in a tube pan.    It can be made in a 9 X 13.  It will take less time to bake and it will require some patience and gentle effort to get it out of the pan.  In retrospect, I probably should have used parchment paper or wax paper on the bottom of the pan.

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Ice Cream Cake Roll

Ice Cream Cake Roll makes me a feel a little nostalgic.  One of my earliest food memories is sitting with my dad and sharing a piece of Newlyweds Ice Cream Cake Roll.  It must have been a summer day because I recall the ice cream being a little melty.

It came in a green and pink box.  Sometimes my dad would eat the last piece right out of the box.  It must have saved on dishes or something.  Or maybe Mom wasn’t home to put it on a plate for him.  This is the same man that once, when he was “babysitting” me and told to give me a can of soup fir dinner, literally put a spoon in a can of soup and handed it to me.  Hey, it really isn’t that bad and you should try your next condensed can of soup with little or no water.

As I got older it became hard to find in the store.  Eventually, it was impossible to find and the dessert just kind of fell off my radar.  I suppose I may have been trying to recreate that earliest memory when I eat cake with ice cream and let the ice cream softened a little and then smash it together with my cake and make cake pudding out of it.

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Pineapple Sheet Cake

This Pineapple Sheet Cake recipe was given to me by a co-worker after I requested it. She had brought this cake to work and I had been lucky to have gotten a small taste of it. Like any work potluck, the last one in is lucky to get a taste of anything, so even small tastes are appreciated.

I am so grateful someone did leave a small taste.  Pineapple Sheet Cake was a unlike any cake I had ever had before and I wanted to make it at home so Andy could try some.

My co-worker presented me (and a few others) with photocopies of an old hand-written recipe card. The ingredients are common but this is so worth making. It’s now one of our favorite desserts.  The neighbors love this one too!  Sometimes old fashioned, simple, honest foods are the best.

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Peanut Butter Icing

Peanut butter icing is another one of those recipes my mom made all the time. Originally, this post was supposed to be called chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. It is a comfort food for me. My mom was making this long before it was a trendy “new” idea.

One time, we went to my grandma’s house for a family dinner. We left the house in a rush and the chocolate cake with peanut butter icing got left behind. We were too close to Grandma’s and too late to retrieve it.

When we got home that evening, the cake was missing…….. Cakes don’t normally grow legs and walk through the front door.

Later the same evening, the cake was found in the family room, half eaten sitting next to the telephone. Phones were corded and rotary dial back then. Apparently, even thieves like this combination.

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