Saturday, May 28, 2011

Larry's Birthday Cake

This is Larry's Birthday Pig Cake

What can I say, this was the moistest and tastiest cake I have made or eaten in a long time.
I can't take the credit for it though, although I did make it.  I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Blog.  Now since I have given credit where credit is due I will give you the recipe.

Pig Cake

For the cake:

1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 stick Margarine (softened)
1 can (14 oz can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 cup juice reserved
4 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the topping:
1 package (4 oz box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 can (20 oz can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
4 oz, Whipped Topping (such as Cool Whip)
Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs and vanilla.  Beat for 4 minuutes on medium-high.  Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small.  Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set.  Remove from oven and cool completely.
Once cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples and the vanilla pudding mix.  Add powdered sugar and mix, then mix in whipped topping.  Stir in drained pineapple.  Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.


Saturday, May 14, 2011

More Help Than I Need

My cat Blackie loves to help me with the laundry.  Every laundry day I try to catch him outside or sleeping in one of his favorite places when it it time to fold the laundry.  I don't know how he does it, but before I can get all the laundry from the dryer to the couch (where I fold it), he is in the middle of it.

As I pull the laundry away to fold, he tries to bite me.  It ends up being a game and he (and I) enjoy our time together.  He is just too cute to resit.