March 10, 2012

Happy Saturday - Have some Cake!

I lost my camera. How it could get lost in a tiny 900 sq ft. home with very few hiding places is beyond me. The Lord knows where it is and I trust he will show me soon.

Until then, I am a little sad that I can't show you the picture of...

Warm spotlights shining on a happy row of  7 and 8 year old children.  They smile broadly in their matching black t-shirts, boys with slicked back hair and girls wearing braids. Some with tongues reaching for an ear, they play their violins, squeaking and creaking in unison simple songs like "Mary had a little lamb" or "Hot cross buns."  What sweet bows they made to the applause of proud parents.

Nor can I show you a picture of the yummy cake we enjoyed this afternoon with a pot of tea.  But, I can share the recipe!  I owe this recipe to my dear dear friend, Mrs. R.  I don't know how many times I have made this since she introduced it.  If you like nuts and caramel, you will enjoy this easy cake.

(not my photo, click for credit and another recipe)

2 cups flour
(I'm sure that any flour would work. I use fresh ground wheat)
2 cups sugar
(I usually cut the sugar to 1 and 1/2 cups. Also, I sometimes mix white/brown sugar)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
2 small cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
(I have used one large can, 15 oz. of mandarins, peaches, or pears - NOT drained with good results)

Mix all ingredients together in one large bowl.  Be sure to break up the fruit so that all the moisture is released.  Pour batter into a greased/floured 9x13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees til toothpick comes out clean, 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.

In a small saucepan bring to a boil while stirring constantly

Brown sugar
cream (or milk or half/half)

Pour this over entire cake while it is still hot.  This is a very sweet and rich cake.  We enjoy it with a cup of hot green tea or a glass of raw milk.  QUITE a treat!  Mr. Santos enjoys it with coffee.


  1. Ooh, this looks so yummy! I must give it a try, I believe I have extra cans of mandarin oranges in the pantry.

    I do hope you have found your camera!

    1. Hope you enjoy the cake. No, have not found my camera yet. I gave up looking for it.

  2. Hope you find your camera, I know how frustrating it can be. The cake sound yummy:)


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