Thursday, June 26, 2008

Show and Tell Friday -cake plate and apricot nectar cake recipe

It's Friday, and time for Show and Tell - be sure to go to Kelli's blog to see what everyone else has to offer today!
This old cake plate is from one of my great grandmothers, I am not sure which one. I received it from my grandmother, who kept it in her china cabinet.
It is not a fancy one, or an expensive one.
But it is cherished because it is a piece of the past I can enjoy.
And those green candles are pine scented, just Christmas leftovers that smell great when I open the hutch doors!
If I'm showing a cake plate, I think I should add a recipe.
This recipe is from The Cake Mix Doctor by Ann Byrn.
Favorite Apricot Nectar Cake
1 pkg (18.25 oz) plain white or yellow cake mix
1 pkg (3 oz) lemon gelatn (but we have used peach in a pinch)
3/4 c canned apricot nectar
3/4 c. vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, or soybean oil
grated zest of 1 lemon (1 t.)
4 large eggs
3/4 c. confectioners' sugar
2 T fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
4 T. canned apricot nectar ,or more as needed
Lightly mist Bundt (or angel food cake) pan, then dust with flour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Mix all of the 'Cake' ingredients together with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then mix at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes more. The batter should look thick and smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. PLace the pan in the oven.
Bake the cake until is is light brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger 35-42 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 10 - 15 minutes.
Prepare the glaze by combining the 'glaze' ingredients in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat, stirring, untilthe sugar has dissolved, about 3 - 5 minutes.
Run a knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto a serving platter (or beautiful cake plate!)
While the cake is still warm, poke holes in the top with a toothpick or wooden skewer. Spoon the glaze onto thecake so that it seeps down into the holes . Let the cake cool before slicing.
This is a flavorful, moist, not too sweet cake! Try it if you are having trouble keeping your weight up (j/k :) !


DeNiece Barnes said...

What a great memory to have very your great grandmother, the crystal cake plate is so beautiful, stop by and visit me sometime if you ever get the chance and have a great weekend.

Capturing Today said...

I love cake plates! My mom has one at her house waiting for me to bring home!

Linda said...

Your cake plate is lovely. I have one from my granma and like you, I treasure it too. Hugs, Linda

Jewelgirl said...

Just to have this from your family
makes it a treasure in itself.....
Got Cake? :)

Susie said...

It's beautiful and I know you must cherish it. It will be a wonderful family heirloom.

Hootin' Anni said...

To have this wonderful antique cake plate in your possession is one treasure to hold to dearly! It's beautiful. And I love how you have is all decorated so nicely surrounding it too.

My show n tell is shared. Hope you can stop by for a "howdy do!" Happy weekend to you---

A Hint of Home said...

What a pretty cake plate and wonderful treasure to pass down to generations to come.

Constance said...

I enjoyed your cake plate because it hits home with me. My grandmother gave me her old brown, stoneware bowl. She was selling it in a rummage sale and I remember screaming,
"NO!!!! You can't possibly get rid of that! Do you realize how many memories I have of dinners at your house with Mashed Potatoes or Banana Pudding for dessert in that bowl?"

She must've thought I lost my mind but she gave it to me anyway. I even offered to give her money for it but she refused. I used that bowl for years until the crack in it got so bad I was afraid it would be ruined forever! Today it sits on top of my kitchen cabinets, ever a reminder of my precious grandmother! I have no idea though where it came from? Maybe her mother?

Kristina said...

yummmmm! I have that cookbook so I don't veen have to print it out. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!!

Lisa Ann said...

That cake plate is a treasure. Thanks for the yummy cake recipe.

nannykim said...

You gotta love old cake platters!! I am on a gluten free diet otherwise WOW that recipe sounds delish!!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

What a beautiful cake plate! I love cake plates, there really should be one of your nummy apricot cakes sitting on your beautiful cake plate :). I will jot down your recipe and try it soon! Thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful day :)

Joy said...

Thanks for the yummy recipe. Love the pretty cake plate too. It is extra special since it came from family too!

Kelli said...

What a beautiful cake plate and thank you for the recipe, too!

Barbara H. said...

What a sweet way to remember your great-grandmothers! And what a neat idea to put candles in a hutch to release fragrance whenever the doors are opened.

Love Bears All Things said...

I think the cake plate is beautiful.
Mama Bear

The Apron Queen said...

Mmm, my mouth is watering. The recipe sounds wonderful. And thanks for letting me drool over your beautiful plate. What a treasures.

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