Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother's Day was good...

Mom baked us an all time favorite cake, served plain, with coffee... Simple like that, just like mother's love...

Ingredients for mom's plain cake
2 cups cake flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal or oatbran (her secret ingredient)
1 cup sugar
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup warm milk (another secret)
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs

1) Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Add milk and oil. Mix well.

2) In a separate small bowl, beat eggs and add to the mixture and beat one minute or about 60 strokes. The more you beat the better.

3) Bake in two small oiled and floured loaf-cake pans for 40 minutes at 375˚F (190˚C). Serve plain or with a lime glaze.

Lime and poppy seed glaze
4 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar
Poppy seed (optional)

1) Put lime juice and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved.

2) Remove from heat, poke holes in top of warm cake with toothpick or fork and spoon the warm glaze over the cooked cake. Sprinkle poppy seed.

I love this cake, because whenever I bake it for my kids I have the feeling I am doing something just like my mom used to do when I was a child. I remember her moving around the kitchen getting the ingredients and the utensils ready, turning the oven on etc. That's why I love cooking for my family, so that they can have fond memories of their childhood too.


Elle said...

You had me with "simple cake," but when you added a lime poppy glaze, I knew I wanted some right now!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love that Cris! Simple like a mother's love! You do have a way with words as well as food!

Abby said...

Plain cakes are my fave! What a beautiful color yours is. Yum.

Lisa said...

Just beautiful. The cake on its own would be a perfect dessert but your glaze makes this one impressive treat indeed! Simple, maybe, but satisfying no doubt.

Kelli said...

So pretty! I love plain cake and the glaze sounds wonderful too!

Patricia Scarpin said...

It looks so beuatiful, Cris - I love cakes like this!

Mansi Desai said...

Ooh! such a cute cake for mommy!:) glad you had a great time with your kids Cris, and they too will remember these moments forever:)

Suzana said...

Cris, not only is gorgeous, but it sounds delicious as well! Lovely cake for great childhood memories. :)

Gina said...

This looks so yum! Love your Mother's secrets and the lime glaze sounds wonderful! I will definitely be making this one! :)

Sophie said...

This recipe sounds perfect just that way it is. It's the kind of cake that's always enjoyed by everyone. We would love to feature your mom's recipe on our blog and the first and only digital recipe reader. Please email sophiekiblogger@gmail.com if you're interested :).