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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Farmer's Daughter Cake



     It is finally time to share this cake!  I actually made it in July thinking I was really ahead of the game getting August's Cake Slice post done so early.  They I realized I had looked at September's list instead of August... so I was even more ahead than I thought!  I used to be the queen of writing a paper the morning it was due. If only my college professors could see me now!


    All four choices sounded delicious as always this month.  But this one definitely stood out for a couple of reasons.  The first being I had all of the ingredients on hand. That is always one of the most important factors, so that one alone would have probably been enough!  The second was that it made a small single layer square cake.  We were having dinner at my mother-in-law's and I knew it would be the perfect size to bring and share without burdening anyone with 15 pounds of leftover cake. (I know, life is rough sometimes isn't it?)  The third intriguing part of this cake is that instead of using oil or butter, Maida uses cream.  And last but not least, this cake had a fun chocolate frosting and we all know that as far as I am concerned it is the frosting that makes the cake.



     I don't actually have a square cake pan.  It's hard to believe, I know.  But I did have a glass square pan.  Had this cake been a layered cake, the hard edges would have been more important.  But I figured in this case with one layer and a more rustic feel to start with the rounded edges of the casserole pan would work fine.  In the end I actually liked the rounded look, but again would not recommend using a pan like this if I were stacking.



     The frosting was a little hard to deal with. Maida made it clear that you had to pour very slowly or you'd end up with a cake in a pool of frosting.  She wasn't kidding!  I thought I was working slowly enough and the next thing I knew, there was frosting pooled around the cake.  Luckily I had rimmed the cake with wax paper strips.  I just spooned a bit of the frosting at a time back onto the cake until it mostly stayed put.  Other than that, I really liked the frosting.  It did form a skin as time went on and the cake traveled fine to dinner.  But when you cut into the cake, the inside of the frosting was still super soft and moist.  It was almost like a thick chocolate pudding.  It went really well with the cake.

    We all enjoyed a slice after dinner and a few even went back for seconds right away, which is always a good sign!  Luckily my in-laws were happy to keep the rest of the cake, which was especially good as I had made a couple of cakes that weekend.  This is definitely a cake that would be worth making again!  It has been a lot of fun baking our way through Maida Heatter's Cakes with the Cake Slice Bakers.  I have had good luck with most everything I've made and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone else's bakes as well.  It won't be long and we'll be starting our new book.  I can't wait to dive in!



Farmer's Daughter Cake
makes 1 8" cake, serves 9

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and grease and flour an 8x8x2 pan. (I use the spray with the flour in it)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, or your mixer, beat together the eggs, vanilla & almond extracts and sugar until combined. Add the cream and mix until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients, beating just until smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top. 
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. (Maida warns that the top may dome, but will flatten and that is may crack and that is ok.)
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, place upside down on a cake plate so that you have a flat surface on top.


Icing Ingredients:

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (I used a nice dark chocolate)
1/2 cup cold milk
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 generous Tablespoon butter
1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, stir together milk and sugar.  Add chocolate and heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted.  Be sure to stir frequently as you go.  Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks just enough to break them up.  Gently temper with a bit of warm chocolate mixture.  (I added a few Tablespoons of chocolate mixture and beat vigorously then repeat the process to temper the yolks and keep them from scrambling in the hot chocolate mixture.)  Then add egg yolks to the remaining chocolate mixture, beating to combine.
  3. Warm the chocolate mixture over low heat, whisking constantly, for one minute. (Mine stayed pretty smooth, but Maida warns that it may not and you should forge on anyway.)
  4. Transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of your mixer and stir in the butter and vanilla.  Let stand until cool.  This may take a while, but I put mine in the refrigerator for a bit to hasten the process.
  5. Beat the icing at high speed for 10-15 minutes.  It should be smooth, shiny and about the consistency of corn syrup.
  6. Be sure to place wax paper strips under you cake as this icing can get messy if you are like me and are short on patience! 
  7. Pour about half of the icing on the cake and then step back for a minute or so.  Then continue to pour the icing just a bit at a time onto the center of the cake.  If you poor too quickly, all of the frosting will run down the sides.  Gently coax the frosting with a spatula if it needs help going in a certain direction.  
  8. If you went slowly enough, the frosting should have stayed mostly in place.  If not, just scoop the large puddles off the wax paper and place back on the center of the cake until most of the frosting is on the cake.  Carefully remove wax paper strips.
  9. Let the cake sit for a couple of hours so the icing sets.
You should follow along on Pinterest as well!





And now to see what everyone else baked!


This recipe was shared at Meal Plan Monday




60 comments:

  1. Looks delicious and I had to smile because my own dad made a cake very similar to this but he wasn't a farmer, lol.

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    1. Ha! Maybe in heart he was? My dad fancies himself a farmer some days ;-)

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  2. I love this cake Carlee! And it's the best cake to bring with you, small and compact but enough to satisfy the sweet tooth! YUM! Hazel x

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    1. It really is perfect for taking along! I love doing the layer cakes, but by the time you put them on a pedestal plate they are nearly impossible to travel with unless you have a willing husband to hold it!

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  3. Hi Carlee, I love the look and sound of this cake. The slight roundness works, making it look more attractive (I think). I find it interesting that the fat in the cake is just thick cream, which must make it nice and moist.

    This is a cake I will be trying for sure!

    xx

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! Isn't it cool that the cream provides the fat? Plus it is so easy to put together. I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. Carlee -- my favorite kind of cake - white/yellow with chocolate frosting - yummy and your picture makes it look so good too - I am going to get my daughter to make this recipe for me - she loves to bake and try new things and I like that it's called the farmers daughter cake - cause when I think of farming, I always think of rich and delicious home baked goodness. thanks for sharing at #WayWow where I found you.

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    1. That's usually my favorite cake combination too, Debbie! I hope you both enjoy it. It is a fun one to make and of course even better to eat!

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  5. This would be my mom's (and mine) favorite type of weekday cake. If the frosting flowed onto the plate I'd have to clean that up before serving. Oh darn!! Looks good enough to eat, Carlee.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. It's a shame when you have to help clean up that extra frosting, isn't it? ;-) Thanks so much, Linda!

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    2. I made this. Everybody loved it. My granddaughter ate the frosting with a spoon.

      Linda

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  6. This cake looks and sounds so sweet! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! It was a fun one, that is for sure!

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  7. This cake looks great!
    I love the portion too!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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    1. Sometimes it's nice to have just a bit of cake rather than a monster! Thanks, Michelle!

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  8. Your cake turned out really well... It's a good recipe to have

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  9. Mmm...looks so simple and delicious! Thank you for joining the Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesday, I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

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    1. You have to love a cake you can just stir together real quickly! Thank you!

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  10. It turned out great Carlee! You have me craving this cake again, time to get it on the menu!

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    1. It's definitely worth making again, don't you think? We really enjoyed it!

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  11. This looks so delicious! That frosting - YUM!

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    1. Isn't that something?! It was definitely a fun frosting to try!

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  12. Yummy cake! It looks light and fluffy, would love to try it!

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    1. It really is good and so simple to make! You should definitely give it a go!

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  13. Glad that you made the frosting.It sounded like a great one, but difficult. Your cake looks wonderful!

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    1. It was kind of fun. A bit of a mess (probably because I have the patience of a toddler sometimes) but really delicious and it turned out with a really fun texture!

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  14. Your cake turned out perfectly. I love how the frosting looks. It's really awesome when everyone likes it.

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  15. I like the way your frosting look on your cake, and good to know that the cake took to travelling well! Happy that some at your get together went for seconds!

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    1. I love it when people go back for another round! The frosting had such a fun consistency, I think I'll have to make it again soon!

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  16. Carlee, once again I have not eaten breakfast and I'm looking at this cake wanting to pull it off the screen! I love pour over frosting, I do that with my bundt cakes and brownies, but I have been lazy and just warmed the frosting I buy from the store. I know that this is not the most healthy way to do frosting. I will be using your recipe from here on out, this way I know what we are eating! Thanks for sharing! You are the best!

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    1. It's dangerous to go looking at food posts before breakfast (or really any time of day in my case!) I have really loved getting introduced to so many new frosting ideas through this group. I know we are both frosting girls at heart, but I am learning how limited my repertoire was before. I am loving this broadened and dangerous world I'm living in now ;-) I love the ease of a pour over and the smooth finish, so this was a fun one!

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  17. I found the frosting a bit finicky as well. I after pouring just a bit on top I stick the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. It was much easier to work with after that!

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    1. I bet it was a lot easier after a trip to the freezer! I kind of had fun playing with it, but having it a bit more set would have helped a lot!

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  18. This cake looks awesome! Thanks for linkin' up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  19. I love this cake, Carlee! It's so nice not to have a huge cake - but to have a couple fun ones just to whip up for a weekday or a simple party...we used to call them snack cakes and back in the day, no one had special pans. We all used our 8 x 8 casserole dishes! I think it's charming!

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    1. Thanks, Mollie! I kind of thought so too. I need to look into more snack cakes. It was fun to be able to just stir it together and have it be ready in no time with no real effort!

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  20. I am always on the look out for new recipes and this looks like a great one for my bookmarks. It looks fantastic, will be trying it out next :) # WAYWOW

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    1. Thank you so much! It is a fun one, especially when you don't need a huge cake!

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  21. I used to be the queen of writing fast papers too! I was never much of a "spend multiple days on a long paper" kind of girl 😁 And that frosting? I was sold at "thick chocolate pudding"!

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    1. I always did much better if the deadline was looming and I could just sit and follow one thought all the way through. I tried to do a bit at a time a couple of times, but I always end up just starting from scratch and powering through at the last minute anyway! The style suited me just fine ;-) Isn't that frosting kind of dreamy?

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  22. Oh, that frosting!!! This recipe looks mouth watering good! Pinned and sharing. Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week.

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    1. Isn't it amazing? So different than the buttercreams and cream cheese frostings I am used to! Thank you!

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  23. Thanks so much Carlee for sharing this luscious dessert with us at Weekend Potluck. It got our attention and is being featured at this week's party. YAY you! *-* http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2016/09/easy-pineapple-cake-weekend-potluck-242.html


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    1. Thank you so much, Marsha! I always love visiting your potluck!

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  24. Wow...this sounds amazing! YUM!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  25. I have had a square pan on my list for years!!!!!
    They are nothing unusual and I come across them all the time! Why can't I just simply buy one?! Ugh! The reason why I didn't make this cake!

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    1. I would love one too. I don't know why I find it so hard to pull the trigger on something like that. It isn't even like they are all that expensive. I think the casserole pan worked just fine for this cake though, in fact I kind of like the way it turned out!

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  26. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured this week at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a fantastic weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  27. Your cake looks so delicious, and the crumb looks both light and moist. I can see why this cake was such a popular choice in the group.

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    1. I was surprised how many of us chose it, but it was definitely a winner in my book! I love it when the group ends up baking all 4 choices!

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  28. Was it a moist cake? Seems every scratch recipe is too dry for my liking. May try this

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    1. I thought it was nice and moist. It's hard to replicate the texture of a boxed mix, but the flavor of homemade is out of this world (and the frosting.. mmmmm!)

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