"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake!

Mr. Hairball was raised on box cakes with canned frosting and thoroughly enjoyed them until he met me. In fact, one of his favorite cakes was a cinnamon streusel cake made from a mix, and he refused for years to even entertain the thought of me making a scratch version of this cake. One day, I go to the grocery store to buy his streusel cake mix and I can't find it at the store. I go home and tell him and he grudgingly agrees to try a homemade version since his beloved box mix is no longer available. Thankfully, after a few tries I came up with something that he liked and household harmony was restored once more.

The streusel mixture is from my 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book. The original recipe made half the amount I have listed below. This cake is for Mr. Hairball and he likes a lot of streusel mixture in his cake. LOL

Streusel Mixture
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped nuts

Toss together until mixed.

For the cake portion of the program, we will be using a recipe from the Hillbilly Housewife website and substituting butter for the margarine.

Lucy has very kindly agreed to be the background for this shot. In other words, she's blocking out all the crapola that was on the back of my counter. *snorts*

Preheat your oven to 350F. We will be making this cake in a well greased and floured bundt pan so prepare your pan.

Butter and sugar have been creamed and the eggs, vanilla, and salt have been added to the bowl.

Here I've added the baking powder, flour, powdered milk and the equivalent amount of water for the milk. I'm low on milk and saving what is left for drinking. Veteran bakers will note that all of the flour and milk goes in at one time instead of in stages.

Place 1/4 of the streusel mixture in the bottom of your prepared bundt pan. The pan really is clean it's just quite old and has had many cakes baked in it!

Top that with half of the cake batter.

Then add the rest of the streusel mixture.

I've started adding the remaining cake batter.

Now smooth it all out with your spatula and bake it at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until it tests done. Leave in bundt pan for about 15 minutes and then invert onto serving dish or platter and let cool completely. Once the cake is completely cool, it's time to glaze that bad boy. Once again, the amount of glaze is doubled here per Mr. Hairball's request.

1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk, cream, half and half, etc...
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Mix above ingredients until smooth and drizzle over your cooled cake.

Sorry this one is so dark. Mr. Hairball was begging me to hurry up and glaze it so he could eat some so I glazed it right there on the dining table.

Here's a shot back in kitchen after he ate some cake and I packed some up for his lunch. Note the large dark ribbon of streusel mixture there in the middle.

Designer Snuggies for all!!

I am obviously not watching nearly enough TV to have missed this wonderful development in Snuggie technology. Whoot!

Wookies back in '78 were rocking their Snuggies!! Advance it to 4:24 to see the Snuggie content.

If you prefer to see the whole thing in all its glory, here you go. The original commercials are included which is kinda fun. At about 42:00 there's a commercial for the ILGWU that I remember very well.

Hat tip to the folks at Ridiculous Infomercial Review for this important Snuggie update.

Checking in again

I'm way behind on blogging this week. I have some pictures that I need to edit and work into some posts. My camera battery is slowly dying so I have to recharge it frequently which slows things down a bit. I'm also having one of those weeks where I'm not sleeping well so here I am on the computer late at night again.

Hope all of you are well and will have humorous April Fool's Day posts lined up for my enjoyment!