One Bowl White Cake

Hey y’all!

Sorry it’s been a while for a post, but with new job and holidays coming faster than expected, things have been a little chaotic. But! I’m going to do three recipes in one day to make up for it =) SO! here is my newest and most favorite cake recipes.

One Bowl White Cake

Ingredients:

2 Cups Flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Cup sugar

1/2 Cup butter (softened or melted)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 Cup milk

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans or you can make it in a 9.5″x13″ baking sheet as well. I’ve found that if you do make it into a sheet cake, it’s rather thin. But it’s entirely up to you.

2. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until the batter is smooth. Medium speed for about 3-4 minutes should do the trick.

3. Pour the batter into the cake pan and cook for 30-35 minutes. (you’ll know it’s done when the edges and top are golden brown or you can do the old toothpick test to see when it’s done as well).

4. Once it’s done baking, let it cool to room temperature before you try to remove it from the pan. I tried doing it when it was still warm and it broke into several pieces.

5. Once it’s cool, remove from the pan(s) and enjoy with or without frosting.

What I love about this cake is that it’s very dense. Not super dry, and not too sweet. Pair it with my One Bowl Chocolate Cake, and you’ve got an awesome cake.

COOK ON!

~A

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Chocolate Whiskey Frosting

Hello all!

As we near my birthday, I’m getting excited to offer my guests a great meal, even if it’s just finger foods and cake! I am trying to figure out my cake for everyone. All the guests will be drinking age, so I’m thinking of making my famous whiskey frosting on a chocolate cake… =) yum… drooling all ready.

Anyways! I thought I’d share my whiskey frosting with you all. I might add that it is quite a delicious filling for cupcakes or just as a frosting. Note: whiskey will not be cooked off, so make sure you make some for any kiddies before you add in the Jack Daniels  =)

 

Chocolate Whiskey Frosting

Ingredients:

– 2 sticks butter

6 tablespoons or 2 shots  Jack Daniels (or your favorite) Whiskey (set aside)

4-5 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (you can also use the same amount of cocoa powder if you don’t have chocolate chips)

2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

In a sauce pan over low heat, melt the butter. Add in the chocolate chips or cocoa powder and whisky until well mixed. Remove from the heat and slowly add confectioners’ sugar one cup, but make sure to not let it get too dry. Let the sauce cool while you continue to whisk it. Add cream or milk one tablespoon at a time until frosting reaches desired consistency. Once the sauce is cooled, whisk in that wonderful whiskey and slather on a cupcake, fill a cupcake with it, or spread it on a cake and Enjoy!

Note: how much whiskey you add depends on how much you want to taste it. If you want to get drunk off of cupcakes, I’d suggest you add more whiskey and more sugar to keep it at a good consistency.

COOK ON!

 

Ultimate Double Chocolatey Chip Cookies

Hello! I know I haven’t been too regular with my posts, but here are some cookies that, mind you, disappeared in a matter of minutes. Haha – these gooey morsels are quite delicious and very good with a tall glass of milk. =)

So! Here we go!

Ali’s Ultimate Double Chocolatey Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

– 3/4 Cup Sugar

– 3/4 Cup packed brown sugar

– 1 Cup butter or margarine or butter, softened

– 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

– 1 Egg

– 2 1/4 Cups Flour

– 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

– 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

– 1 (12 Oz.) bag of semisweet or milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F

2 Mix the sugars, butter, egg, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.

3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. At this point the dough will be rather stiff, but stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons about two inches apart onto a cookie sheet.

5. Bake 8 – 10 minutes, the centers will be gooey, so let them cool on the sheet for a couple minutes before moving to a cooking wrack to completely cool.

Even though they are still rather uncooked looking, let them sit. The steam built up in them will cook them the rest of the way. This way they will stay nice and soft for a few days, as long as you keep them in a cookie jar =)

Thoughts Wanted

Hello!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We spent it in the hot sun of Eastern Washington at our cabin =) What’s better than tanning in the sun with a cheap, ice cold beer in your hand? =) Anyhoo!

I had been giving it some thought and although I love to cook, I’m finding there are times I just throw stuff together and call it dinner (my boyfriend and I are pretty busy and work apposing schedules half of the week). So things can get kind of chaotic. I DO however, want to keep updating the site but I don’t know how often that will be. I can’t promise weekly recipes, but I can try for 1-2 times a month.

What do ya’ll think?

~A

How We Do Things ‘Round Here

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All right.

So, as I’ve been adding posts and such, I had a thought to come up with a rating program for how easy to how difficult recipes could be. Since this is an American Cookin’ site, I’m going to be a little cliche and use the stars from the flag to rate the recipes I post. Here’s how it’ll go:

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These will be posted at the bottom of each recipe just so you know. When I give a 4 star, I don’t mean that it’s impossible, but it does take time and hard work to make that recipe. If I give it an easy recipe, this is most likely something you can do with your kids, or not much cooking knowledge at all.

Any questions? Comment below!

~Ali