To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
July 7, 2013
AN EASY SUMMER CAKE....MAGICALLY DELICIOUS
"When I was a little kid, of course, I was brown all summer.
That's because I was free as a bird- nothing to do but catch bugs all day." ~Roy Blount Jr.
Slip and Slide under the Duke's Waterfall
The Water Park
Ice Cold Popsicles
Shucking fresh golden corn
Making breakfast for Mom
This is an old fashioned dessert known as Magic Cake. There was a restaurant in Jackson called The Elite Café who used to serve a very similar dessert! It is so easy, and would be perfect served with fresh summer berries! It bakes into three layers of cake and a lovely custard pudding!
4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cup all- purpose flour
2 cups milk, lukewarm
powdered sugar for dusting cake
Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch
Separate eggs and add the egg whites to a mixer and mix
until egg whites are stiff. Place egg whites in a bowl and set aside.
Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter
and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which
you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is
well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them
in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in. Another
variation to folding in the egg whites would be to add a third of the egg
whites and gently whisk them in to the cake batter, then reverse the process
and add a bit of the cake mixture to the egg whites and gently whisk in, repeat
until all cake batter has been whisked in.
Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 to 50
minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly
depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it
Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.