Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Kitchen Kneads in Ogden, UT has wheat grinders for a GREAT deal! They have a few that were slightly damaged for $200!!! They still have a FULL warranty! There are also some with only damaged boxes, and I believe those are only $240!!! They are normally 259.99. There are only a few left. Remember...they all come with a complete warranty!!!

See what I'm making to celebrate the holiday!!! Isn't it cute...and healthier than most desserts. I am going to make the Rich, Delicious Chocolate Cake tonight, let it cool, cover it and save it until tomorrow...believe it or not it will be just as good!!! So, tomorrow, since we are actually celebrating our holiday on the 3rd this year, I'll whip up my buttercream frosting and frost it. Then place the blueberries and strawberries on it about five minutes before serving (or the juices will run onto the cake and make it ugly). If you are doing your festivities on the 4th, just make the cake tomorrow and do the rest on Sunday. This is SO CUTE and SO DELICIOUS!!!

This cake is truly fantastic. I have made it for so many people and not ONE person could tell there was wheat. I have then had friends make it for people and not ONE person that my friends made it for could tell there was wheat in it. I will NEVER use another chocolate cake mix again, when this one is SO AWESOME and SO MUCH HEALTHIER!!! (until you add the frosting!!!)

Rich, Delicious Chocolate Cake

1 C buttermilk
½ C vegetable oil
2 C sugar
½ C applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1¾ C whole wheat flour
¾ C cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 C boiling water

Preheat oven to 315 degrees. Grease and flour 9X13 pan. Mix buttermilk, oil, sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Mix together, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients. Bring 1 C water to a boil and stir into the cake mix. Mix for 1 ½ minutes until well-blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. When cool, frost with Fluffy White, Buttercream Frosting. Five minutes before serving line up 48 blueberries in rows 8 on the top, 6 down. Then slice the strawberries in half and line them up end to end to make the stripes (make sure they are all facing the same way). SO CUTE!!!

Fluffy, White Buttercream Frosting

5 sticks butter
9 C powdered sugar
3 T milk
1 tsp vanilla

Two hours before preparing frosting, get 5 sticks of butter out of refrigerator. Whip butter for several minutes until creamy and fluffy. Add powdered sugar 1 C at a time, beating the entire time. Keep beating until frosting is very thick. Add milk and vanilla and beat.
Note: If frosting seems too thick, add an additional tablespoon of milk.

As for the suckers...well, there is no wheat, they are just cute. Since I usually post something fun to do with your kids on Fridays, I thought I would post this as an option for kids to make if you are having a 4th of July party at your house or going to a big get-together where there will be lots of children. Kids LOVE making these are they are easy and fun!!!

Fourth of July Suckers

Jolly rancher candies
Sucker sticks
Parchment paper

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put three jolly ranchers in a vertical line, touching each other. (You can do this as many as will fit AS LONG AS YOU HAVE ROOM TO PUT THE SUCKER STICKS IN THE BOTTOM!!!) Melt in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and press sucker stick into the bottom of the sucker (you want at least ¾ -1 in of sucker stick inside the sucker). Roll the sucker stick completely around until the whole stick is coated in melted sucker. Add sprinkles or colored sugars while still hot. Let cool until solid (at least 10 minutes). We then wrap them in sucker bags and tie them with ribbon. Kids LOVE these and they can do ALMOST all of it by themselves!!!

FYI...this dessert is great for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Flag Day, or if you live in Utah the 2
4th of July. You could also make the Ooey Gooey Not-So-Wheaty Brownies instead of chocolate cake (it is in the dessert segment of my blog)

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