Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy 42nd Birthday!

Today is Peter's 42nd Birthday!! Happy Birthday, sweet pea! He had to work today, but came home to gifts and cards, and eventually, cake! Here are my boys with the cake. I am posting the recipes down below for those of you who are interested. It is a family recipe-homemade scratch cake and frosting. Quick and very easy, too. I really hope some of you try it, and let me know of your results!

This is the card I made for Peter. He is a great lover of westerns, especially Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. I like western and cowboy "stuff", and thought it would be funny to use the vintage image of a cowgirl, on a card for him for his birthday!! I used some new BG patterned paper (Granola) from my Secret Sister, some SU! stamps-Wanted, and some navy and brown ink. The scalloped edge punch, the round tab punch, and some computer generated words! He thought it was pretty cute.

This is the card from my Mom. She made it out of an envelope, and added a cardstock base. Great for $$ or gift cards!!Cody and I got Peter this HUGE Realtree duffel. He has a hunting camp, and is often transporting clothes and gear back and forth. The bag he has now is quite small, so this was a great find! It was so big that Cody got in it when I gave it to Peter! Too funny!
Here is a close up of the cake I made. It is an old family recipe-made from scratch. The cake is called Crazy Cake, probably for it's weird instructions, but it is easy, and it doesn't hurt anything to do it like it says to! Frosting is a boiled frosting, but don't let it scare you, it is easy, easy!

Crazy Cake

3 cups.flour
2cups sugar
1tsp. salt
6 rounding tlbsp. cocoa
Sift all together into baking pan (ungreased). Level off with fork. Make three wells in mixture with fork.
In one well put: 2tsp. vanilla
2nd well put :2 tlbsp. vinegar
3rd well put :2/3 cup oil
Pour over all 2 cups cold water.
Mix well with fork.
Bake 35-45 min. or till done when tested with toothpick. 350 degree oven.

Boiled Fudge Frosting:
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margerine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix in a saucepan the sugar and cocoa. Add milk until mixed, then add salt and butter. Begin on medium heat until butter is incorporated. Keep stirring. When the mixture comes to a ROLLING boil, continue stirring constantly, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir in a cold water bath until mixture thickens and you can hardly stir it anymore. Pour over cake and refrigerate til frosting sets. Enjoy!

This cake/frosting combo has been a favorite in our family for years and years. My mom has been making this since she was a kid! Please try it and let me know what you think!!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year!


michelle cook infantino said...

If your husband likes Clint Eastwood you guys really need to make a point to see Gran Tarino. It's not a western by any means but Clint E is excellent in it.

JudyB said...

That is funny! That is the SAME exact recipe that I use for a chocolate cake except, I use warm water and I just throw everything into my mixer. It is a great cake!!! Happy Birthday Peter! Happy New Year all...I hope that your e-mail is fixed soon! I miss you!!

Tanya said...

Happy Birthday to him! That cake looks wonderful. You're such a good wife and momma. Happy New Year!

Sue McGettigan said...

Happy Birthday Peter! That cake looks good Keri :)

tina said...

I love that cake- we make the same one but we call it wacky cake. I'll have to try your icing, I haven't found an icing I really like yet.

specialcraftmom4 said...

I love the western card you made! We just visited Tombstone and I am looking for a great western stamp set! Do you know of any on the market?

coloradoleen said...

I've been making this exact same cake for YEARS and mmmmmmmmmmmm it's soooo tasty!! lol I've never tried a frosting on it though, so I'll have to give that a whirl next time around. :) I hope the birthday "boy" had a wonderful day and a year full of fun!

Holly said...

Loved looking at the pictures! The card you made is great for a western fan! Can you tell I'm liking your blog? LOL!
Just found it through SCS.