One more time…because it’s really important

I know, I know…I already posted about Livestrong Day, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want…so there! :)

When we were in a bit of stress I tried to make life a little better for my hubby. He loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Unfortunately, he likes box cake and frosting from a can(vomit). I do, on his birthday make him cake from a box but I just can not do the frosting. Which he is now fine with because he likes mine better(thank God). But he wasn’t getting box cake this time. So I baked two types of cake, one he would eat and one I would want to eat. I made an apple cinnamon with caramel frosting for me and a banana chocolate frosting one for him. One recipe two ways. Then I noticed…hey, it’s yellow. I could do another Livestrong post, so I will.

Again, I can not point out how great I think this event is. Not only is my mother a cancer survivor, so are my 2 aunts, my mother-in-law and many of my mom’s friends. Sadly my mom’s best friend died a little over a year ago from stage 4 breast cancer. :( I’m sure you know someone too!

I made these cakes using 4 ½ inch diameter cake pans, making two of each kind. I could have made four varieties if I wanted, but lets remember here people, I am lazy. And speaking of lazy, let me just go off on a hockey tangent here and say that my Sabres were lazy, lazy, lazy on Thursday and lost the game. If they don’t pull it together this Saturday night there will be much swearing going on at the house of Pea!!!!!

Yellow Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half of the flour mixture then half of the milk.
Add vanilla. Mix until blended; add remaining flour and milk and beat until smooth. Fill 4 greased and floured layer cake pans(4 1/2 inch diameter) with the batter. Bake at 375° for 25 to 35 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched near center.
Frost as desired.

Source: Souther US Cuisine section

For the caramel apple version:

1 pink lady or any more tart apple, peeled and chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP sugar
squeeze of lemon juice

Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Seperate the yellow cake batter into to medium bowls. Pour the apple ingredients into one of the bowls and mix. Pour batter into 2 of the mini cake pans and bake as yellow cake recipe directs. When cool frost with caramel frosting.

Caramel Frosting
3 cups (light) brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons half and half
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Mix sugar and half and half in a heavy saucepan and cook, stirring over low heat until syrup reaches the soft-ball stage, 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. If lacking a thermometer, check doneness by dropping a tiny bit of syrup into a cup of cold water. When the syrup can be gathered up in fingers and will almost hold its shape, it has reached the soft-ball stage.

2. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter, then let syrup cool. Add vanilla and beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency. A little cream (or half-and-half) may be added is mixture is too thick.

1 large banana, sliced

Take the remaining half of the batter and fold in the sliced bananas. Pour into the remaining two cake pans and bake as recipe indicates. When cake is completely cooled, frost with chocolate frosting.

Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

3 ounces unsweetended chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 TBSP vanilla extract

1. Put both chocolates in a stainless steel bowl and place bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chocoalte is completely melted. Remove the bowl from the pot and set the chocolate aside to cool.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium until creamy, about 30 seconds. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat at high speed untl light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. Add the cooled chocolate at low speed, mixing until blended and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Increase the speed to high and beat until slightly aerated, about 1 minute.

Source:  Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle


  1. So glad you did another for this event. I ‘m just not going to manage it.
    And I love your yellow cake with the caramel and apple! That is really terrific!

  2. There would be no one for him and one for me with these cakes.. hells no. He could go eat his boxed cake and I’ll just force these down. =)


  3. That caramel frosting sounds and looks amazing. I’m definitely saving that recipe!!!

  4. Here’s to Yellow, Peabody!

  5. so perfect and moist…….and you have such a good heart…always thinking of someone else! I would eat anything you prepared!!

  6. It is an incredible event.
    The more posts, the better!

  7. Beautiful mini cakes! I’ve been looking for a yellow cake recipe too! thanks so much!

  8. I keep meaning to make your caramel frosting…now there is no excuse! How did the hockey go?

  9. Peabody, you have such a knack for making everything so much more drroolworthy. These cakes are look so delicious and for such a great cause.

  10. It is for a good cause…that yellow cake is a favorite doesn’t hurt!
    Thanks for the post.

  11. Yummy looking cakes there lady! I especially love the caramel apple version.I just did a sort of yellow post, but since the livestrong accepting for the roundup was closed, i just left it as a regular post. But here’s to letting you know…I support LIVEStrong Day!

  12. yum! These look fabulous and right up my alley! I love yellow cake. My birthday is next year – I will be sure to let you know when! ;)

  13. Hi Pea – these are both great looking cakes – but the caramel apple one sounds superb! I think it’s so wonderful that you made another contribution to the LIVEStrong event!

    Best wishes for tranquility in the House of Pea!

  14. Both are just so moist and delicious looking. I am definitely going to keep your chocolate frosting in mind for when I need one.

  15. Oh my,I would need to try both your cakes, they look so good, couldn’t possibly choose between them! :)

  16. Bananas and chocolate. I’ll take ‘em any way I can get ‘em. Yum.

  17. Oh, so moist and delicious! The caramel frosting is especially appealing. Will have to try frosting my apple cake with that next time. Thanks for sharing!

  18. This REALLY makes me think of a cake that a lady my mom knows make. My parents were college Sunday School teachers and had lots of college students who are special to them. One of the girl’s mother’s makes cakes for a living and does a WONDERFUL yellow cake with caramel icing. This is the BEST cake I have ever had…I’ve decided that SHE’LL make my wedding cake! :-) Anyway, this makes me think of that…maybe I’ll have to try it out of my mom one day and see how it compares! ;-)

  19. Wonderful post.


  20. OMG, are you and I married to the same man?! My hub *prefers* box cake and canned frosting over my cakes, bakery cakes, anything. It is so sad. I will make it for him on his birthday but not for any other reason.

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