Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Cake and Flowers

I have cake in the oven right now - I'm making more Cinnamon Morning Delight. On request of some of you, (and because I love the recipe myself!) I'm sharing the recipe here. It's rich, but oh so good! Keep an eye on it while it's baking, because you don't want it to over-bake and get dry. You want it nice and moist.

Cinnamon Morning Delight

1 cup butter (soften)
1 cup sugar (white)
4 eggs
2 cups sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup milk
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup walnuts

Begin by greasing (well) and flouring a bundt pan. You want it ready to go, because the instant you combine the wet and dry ingredients, the baking powder and baking soda will begin working, and you don't want that to fizzle out while you're greasing the pan.

Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add sour cream and vanilla. Beat well - really well. I put it in our stand mixture and let it go while I combine the next ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, powder, and salt. I add a dash of cinnamon, but that's optional.

Begin to preheat the oven to 345 degrees.

By now the egg-sour cream mixture should be very well beaten. Stir in the milk.

In another separate bowl, combine cinnamon, brown sugar, and walnuts. Set aside.

Pour dry ingredients into bowl with eggs, sour cream, butter, etc. Mix just until combined. You don't want to stir the fizz out.

Put 1/3 the batter in the pan, and spread out evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 the walnut mixture over this. Top with remaining batter, and top that with the remaining walnut mixture.

Let sit for 5 minutes - no longer. Then bake at 345 for about 40 minutes. This is only approximate. Let your nose and your eyes tell you when it's done. When finished, let sit in the pan for five minutes, then turn out to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

So there you have it.

Oh - and guess what is sitting on our kitchen table? A vase of roses. My brother Curtis gave them to me this morning. A dozen white roses. Just because.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE flowers.

Don't I have great brothers?


Alethea Jordan said...

That is sooo awesome! I never get flowers. Okay. Maybe for my birthday. =( But I'll survive. The cake looks good. =)

Amanda said...

That's really sweet!