Monday, September 17, 2012

Lemon Glaze Cake

Lemon Glaze Cake
 
This past weekend my daughter and her boyfriend were in from college.  We didn't do a whole lot, but it was SURE good to see them!  I always like to feed college kids.  I think it is in college when kids most appreciate the person who cooks in their family.  They eat enough cafeteria and restaurant food or their own cooking to really be grateful for a plate homemade family favorites!  

I had a smoked pork loin in the freezer so Friday night I mixed up some Homemade Tangy Barbeque sauce and made pulled pork sandwiches with cheese fries.  Definitely cannot go wrong there and since I already had the meat cooked and in the freezer, it was simple enough.

I made homemade biscuits Saturday morning which we ate with the homemade peach jam that my daughter herself made from the few peaches we got from the little tree in our backyard.  There's really nothing like a pan of hot biscuits slathered in butter and homemade jam! 

I knew my daughter's boyfriend likes the Chicken & Dumplings at Cracker Barrell and so I decide to cook up my Homemade Chicken & Dumplings (that taste just LIKE Cracker Barrell's) for Sunday dinner.  Not everyone at my house likes chicken & dumplings (crazy, I know!) so my husband also fried a few chicken strips (we used the gas grill burner and an iron skillet to keep the heat, the grease, and the mess outside for that little adventure).  Of course, we had seasoned green beans and mashed potatoes (for the child who doesn't like Chicken & Dumplings) and because here in the Midwest, everyone loves mashed potatoes with just about everything!

For dessert, I made a Lemon Glaze Cake.  My daughter's boyfriend just loves lemon and since we just love him, I decided to make it especially for him.  This cake is light and beautiful.  I usually make this cake in a bundt pan but I wanted to send some home with Rachel and Kyle so I baked it in two loaf pans, one for me, and one for them to take home.  That worked out perfectly!  My Mom made this recipe alot when I was growing up.  It's glazed, not frosted and I remember being really excited to see it on the counter!

Here's how I make LEMON GLAZE CAKE - AT HOME MY WAY:

Lemon Glaze Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake mix (not the "butter recipe" - use a regular yellow cake mix)
  • 1 box (small) lemon jello
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs

Combine all ingredients and beat 4 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes in a well sprayed bundt pan.  (If baking in two loafpans, the baking time will only be about 30 minutes).

Let cool about 5 minutes before removing from the pan(s).

Pour the glaze on the still warm/hot cake:

Glaze:

1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice (bottled or fresh) or use orange juice/pineapple juice

Mix until smooth and drizzle around on the cake.

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