Sunday, December 27, 2009

Paula Deen’s Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

I found this recipe on Paula’s Site several months back when I was searching for something to make for a family reunion. The first time I made it I didn’t read the instructions well and dumped what was left of the strawberries in the icing mix and the icing was too runny, it was so good though. I made this again a few nights ago for our Christmas Eve dinner at my Mom’s house and it was so delicious!

PD Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake


1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin
1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed
1/2 teaspoon strawberry extract
7 cups confectioners’ sugar
Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add pureed strawberries, eggs, oil, and water; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour into prepared pans, and bake for 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.

For the frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the vanilla extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.

Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.

Cook Time 20 min
Level Easy
Yield 8 servings

Monday, December 7, 2009

Italian Meatloaf

If you by chance haven't discovered The Pioneer Woman's recipe site Tasty Kitchen, You really should! This is where I found this yummy Meatloaf recipe! The only Meatloaf I've ever made that we liked as much as this one is the Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf!

Italian Meatloaf (Mom's Best!)

from: Tasty Kitchen click name for link to the recipe!


  • 1 pound Beef
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 8 ounces, fluid Tomato Sauce
  • ¾ cups Dry Oatmeal
  • ¼ cups Grated Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, beat egg and tomato sauce together. Add beef , oatmeal, onion, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Pour onto cookie sheet and shape into a loaf.

In a small bowl, make sauce by mixing together brown sugar, ketchup, nutmeg ( dont be tempted to leave out this key ingredient!! It really makes the sauce special!) and dry mustard. Spread sauce on top of meatloaf.

Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour.