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Cake with Raspberry Cheesecake Filling

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It was Mom’s birthday and I got to make the cakes for her.  My family loves chocolate cakes so one of the cakes was a German Chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting.  I wanted the other one to be a white one, but I wanted to try something new with it.  I read about cheesecake filling on the net so thought I would try that.  Now I needed another flavor.  I love raspberry cheesecakes, so that is the flavor I decided on.

First I made the white cake and let it cool.  Then cut the two layers to make four layers.  I put cheesecake filling on the first layer, then a layer of Wilderness Raspberry Pie Filling, next another cake layer… continuing till I used all the cake layers.  Then I covered the cake with butter cream frosting that had a touch of almond flavoring.  It was one of the best cakes I have done and it turned out beautiful.  I can’t wait to make another.

cake21 – 2 layer White cake
1 container of cheesecake filling
1 can Wilderness raspberry pie filling
1 recipe butter cream frosting

Divide the cakes so you have 4 layers, trim off the top of each cake so it is level.  Place first top of cake upside down and spread a layer of cheesecake filling on it to half an inch from the edge.  Next spread a layer of raspberry pie filling, also to half inch of the edge.  Use 1/3 of each filling on each layer.  Put another layer of cake and the next layer of the fillings. Continue, ending with the cake layer.  Spread the frosting on the edge then finish it off by frosting the top.  Decorate as desired.

An easy way to cut the layers so you have 4 layers instead of 2 is to insert toothpicks into the side of the layer of the cake, half way up the side of the layer.  Push the pick in about 1/2 an inch, spaced about 3 inches apart.  Get a length of string, thread, (or my favorite) floss that will go around the cake plus about 9 inches longer.  Lay the floss around the cake so it rests on top of the picks.  Cross the ends over each other, grasp them and pull.  The floss will slice through the cake evenly, making 4 perfectly sliced layers.

*You can find the cheesecake filling in the dairy section next to the cream cheese.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 What's Cooking No Comments

Aunt Rose’s Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh apples make this cake moist and full of flavor.  Fresh apple cake is one of my favorite desserts.

Aunt Rose, you would love her.  92 years old with a heart and spirit that is timeless.  Every year for our family reunion, she bakes a couple Fresh Apple Cakes.  They are the center of several family fun-loving disputes, like “where is the other cake?  Who ran off with it?”  All of us love the appley goodness that is topped with cream cheese icing.  Mmmmmmm…  thoughts of it make my mouth water.  Aunt Rose lives hundreds of miles away and I get cravings for the cake more than once a year when she is around to cook it so I asked her for the recipe.  Well…  it looked the same, but the taste?  No, not the same cake!  I made a point of being in the kitchen with her when she made it a couple years ago and watched what she put in.  Like other good cooks, she had her secrets…  I caught her embellishing the recipe that she had given me…  In went a few more spices.  I questioned her about that and the fact she hadn’t put that in the recipe ingredients she had given me and she said “Ohhhh…  I just throw in a few extra spices I feel like, at the time.”  Of course, I forgive her, for I’ve done the same to favorite recipes.  And who couldn’t forgive her?  After all, she is AUNT ROSE!

4 cups grated apples (preferably tart ones)
2 cups sugar
½ cup corn oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ to ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (or more to make the batter a little thicker than regular cake batter)
1 cup walnuts

Set oven at 350.

Mix first four ingredients, apples through eggs, in a large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes.  Add the dry ingredients and mix well.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until center springs back when touched.  Remove from oven and cool.  Frost with basic cream cheese frosting.  (Aunt Rose added some cloves and allspice to taste.)

Aunt Rose's Apple Cake

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