Blog Jinx

September 16th, 2010 | Posted by Alison Spath in Party Time

If I ever want something to NOT happen, all I have to do is blog about it and that will most surely put an end to any big plans I had.

Don’t believe me? Allow me to demonstrate.


Yeah, that didn’t happen.  (Maybe in the spring.)

No TV?

We caved about a month later.  (Still no cable though!)

The marathon that I spent all summer training for?

Yup, that’s right. I had to bail. A now resolved but still unexpected crisis unfortunately brought my marathon plans to a grinding halt.  (Definitely bummed, but there’s always next year.)

I guess if the blog is gonna jinx me, I might as well make a claim that I will never hit the jackpot, I will not ever enjoy cookies for breakfast and I will most certainly not make a Barbie cake for Maxine’s 4th birthday.


Barbie Birthday Cake

So here’s my take on cake:

We all eat it. We all like it. (Don’t try to deny it because I already don’t believe you.) So if you’re gonna eat it, you might as well control what’s in it. Why not put quality, organic ingredients into the sugar laden treat you are about to serve your family and friends? I couldn’t agree more.

This is not an extraordinary cake… it’s not fat free, dairy free, gluten free or guilt free. It’s not at all healthy. But it is simple and easy. And tasty too. Best of all, I had all the ingredients, it didn’t have any high fructose corn syrup corn sugar (give me a break!) or loads of additives or preservatives like monoglutawhatchmacallit or any partially hydrogenated awesomeness.

Easy Peasy White Cake Recipe

2 cups of white sugar
1 cup of butter
4 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cake pan(s) or line with parchment paper (as I did) or muffin tins with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder, sift or whisk together and then slowly add flour mixture to butter/sugar/egg batter. Once well combined, pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, checking frequently toward the end. 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes.

Makes one 9″ x 13″ cake, two 8″ round cakes or 24 cupcakes.

And to frost it all off?

Easier Peasier Cream Cheese Frosting

2 8 oz packages of cream cheese (softened)
1/2 c butter (softened)
2 cups of confectioners sugar (sifted or whisked)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream together cream cheese and butter, add vanilla and then slowly stir in sugar.

Smear a bunch on your cake, leave a little left over to add some red food coloring to (Food coloring was fake! Phew, conscience cleared.) for a little bit of pink to match Barbie’s fabulous birthday gala gown.

And for crying out loud let the birthday girl lick the beaters, would ya?

Birthday Girl

The blog is jinxed? Oh well. At least there’s cake!

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