Friday, December 19, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Cake Recipe {aka: Red Velvet Cake}

I've been wanting to share one of my favorite Christmas cake recipes with y'all. Today, I just made my third one for a Christmas get together with friends. It's that good y'all. I use Paula Deen's recipe and I just change out a couple of things to personalize it a bit. I use coconut oil instead of her canola oil and I make it into two chunky layers instead of her three thin ones. It's so yummy and such a southern favorite. Topped with toasted pecans, oh, be still my heart! Enjoy y'all.............

For the Red Velvet Cake:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (recommended: White Lily)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cocoa
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups canola oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk

For the cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup margarine
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 box confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped lightly toasted pecans

For the Red Velvet Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round layer cake pans.

Sift flour, baking soda and coco together. Beat sugar and eggs together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together oil, vinegar, food coloring, and vanilla. Add to the bowl of eggs and sugar and beat until combined.

Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk to the wet mixture by alternating the buttermilk and dry ingredients. Always start with the flour and end with the flour.

Pour batter into pans. Tap them on the table to level out the batter and release air bubbles. Bake for 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted near the middle comes out clean but be careful not to over bake or you'll end up with a dry cake.

Let layers cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Cool completely before frosting.

For the cream cheese frosting:
This is the "official" cream cheese frosting recipe but we always use about 1 1/2 recipes on each cake to cover it well.

Let margarine and cream cheese soften to room temperature. Cream well. Add sugar and beat until mixed but not so much that the frosting becomes "loose". Add vanilla and nuts. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.

And here's a link back to the original over on Food Network:

P.S...... It was brought to my attention that I didn't post pics of the gorgeous "guts" of this fantabulous cake- so here it is in all it's glory.

We served it at a party yesterday with sausage balls on the side- another favorite party treat of mine. Sooooooo doggone good y'all!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Southern Christmas Mantle and A BIG Surprise

Good morning and happy Thursday y'all. I don't usually post on Thursday's, but today is oh so special! Today I'll be doing a post over at Blissful and Domestic revealing our Southern Christmas Mantle. I'd be tickled pink if you'd follow me over to Danielle's to see all the pictures of our little Christmas mantle. Click here and it'll take you right over to Danielle's. 

And in other amazing news I just happened to link up our Christmas Home Tour over at The Nesting Place and to my shock and awe, Myquillyn mentioned it over on her blog. Click here to visit The Nesting Place to check out boocoodles of Christmas decor inspiration. Oh my, feeling so grateful and blessed right now y'all. There just aren't any words to describe how thankful I am!

Have a blessed day everyone!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Being Brave {In The Form Of Frozen Foods}

A very brave friend of mine recently had to relinquish some of her commitments because life got hard. Real hard y'all. Sometimes we can't do it all, not even close. You know what? That's okay, not just okay, but brave even. Saying "no" or "it's too much" is hard, but oh so necessary. 

Sometimes all this blog stuff with it's fancy, shiny all dolled up posts, is hugely deceiving. Don't get me wrong, blogs serve a great purpose of inspiring us through others. But you have to remember that my house doesn't look like those pictures that you see posted here from time to time. You can't see all the fur on the sofa and fuzz balls on the floor in the pictures because the camera lens just doesn't pick them up- thank heavens! If I'm doing one thing well, then you can surely trust that there's a handful more that I'm not. I don't have it all going on! My life, why,  it gets just as messy as yours.

This week I found myself in the frozen food aisle. That's probably not all that earth shattering of a concept to some, but for me, the organic, wholefoods, bake from scratch, me, it's BIG. This week, I really wanted to have the time to bake for others and hand-make some gifts for our friends on top of our usual LIFE. I- can't- do- it-all. I just can't. So I found myself on the convenience food aisle begging for a helping hand from Stouffer's and Sara Lee and anybody else that could help me with this week's meals. I felt soooooo guilty putting those boxes into my cart, but listen, my load feels so much lighter because I did. 

Sometimes we all need a little help. Sometimes we have to be brave enough to let go.

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