July 4th, Independence Day, 2009

God bless America, so say we all.

Uh, sorry… the last 4 words was the geek inside of me. (10 cool points if you can name the source!) Today was a pretty quiet Independence Day, not that we are ever BBQ party maniacs. Did you know that Discovery Channel has a crazy marathon of Deadliest Catch on today? We like that show now that we have been brainwashed by hours of it.   I made fried chicken for dinner, American, yes. And this:


I call it T’s Red, White, and Blue Cake of Looooove.

I started with my favorite yellow cake recipe. It’s quick, easy, moist and perfect. It’s a recipe that I keep coming back to and can use in a number of different ways which in my opinion is the mark of a really great recipe. (You may remember this from a winter entry where I made the cake green and pink :o)

Quick Yellow Cake
* 2 cups flour
* 1 1/3 cups sugar
* 3 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 1 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 2 eggs
1.Heat oven to 350*.
2.Mix dry ingredients in lg bowl.
3.Add shortening, milk and vanilla.
4.Beat on med for 2 minutes.
5.Add eggs and beat for 30 seconds more.
6.Bake in greased 13×9 pan for 35 minutes, or until pick comes out clean.

Next I made two, yes two, berry toppings from the same recipe. It was devine, devine, devine.

Supreme Berry Topping

* 1 pint strawberries or blueberries, cleaned and stemmed
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Cut about 1/3 of the strawberries in half.* In a saucepan over medium heat, combine strawberries, sugar and vanilla. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a blender**, puree about 1/3 of sauce, then mix back into remainder. Store in refrigerator.

*Leave blueberries whole.

** I didn’t do any blending, but I did make a point to crush up some of the berries in the pan with a fork. I didn’t want to clean the blender or food processor :o)

Ok, then to finish I plated a square of cake and topped with strawberry topping. Next was a small scoop of vanilla ice cream (less is more here, I believe. The ice cream added lovely flavor but didn’t take over and fill you up with too much of it.) and then that was topped with the blueberries. If I was really fancy and had it I would have garnished with a mint leaf!

Enjoy my fellow Americans! We are so blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

One comment to “Red, White and Blue Cake of Love”

  1. Jessie

    Just yesterday I was really in the mood for strawberries soaking through delicious cake. My mouth is watering.


Leave a comment