Don't forget to stop at the local farmer's market at the Calsonic pavilion on Thursday afternoons. You never know what you might find for dinner.
I just finished writing an education column. Need-less-to-say, this blog today is going to be pretty light, but heavy on the cream.
I do want to say congratulations to Cascade High School on your new facility. The kids looked so happy this morning.
Now for fluff, that is, cake talk.
Do you remember in the old days how cakes of all kinds, shapes and fashions were the mainstay of social events. My older church cookbooks, which I still cherish, are chocked full of cake recipes.
I thought a lot this week about the cake recipes from the 1970s. Because of the popularity then, and especially now of colas, there are recipes online including every drink imaginable.
Here are a few: Grape Soda Cupcakes, Cherry Dr. Pepper Cake, Vanilla Coca Cola cookies, Orange Crush icing, ginger ale cookies and blondies. Oh my!
I'm not a fan of root beer, with the exception of those little barrel-shaped candies we use to eat and Dum Dums. But I'm sure some folks who like it would devour Rootbeer Strawberry Cake or perhaps a cake using Gatorade-all recipes found online.
One of my favorite recipes was always Coca Cola Cake, or Pepsi Cake, whichever is your preference. I love this cake includes cola, marshmallows and buttermilk, among other yummy things. Yep, like my grannies, I'm a buttermilk gal.
The main idea is to use the soft drinks in place of a lot of ingredients. I'm not sure we really ever took anything out of our cakes, despite the cola? That would explain their allure.
Here's something else I discovered this week, which actually sort of blew my mind. I have been trying to switch to lighter colas, or none at all. I read on the back of a popular soft drink yesterday that it includes 77 grams of sugar in 20 oz. Bottle. Are we adding more sugar? Another dark cola includes 65 grams in the same size container.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugar you should consume in a day for men: 150 calories (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) and for women: 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons.) The AHA reveals that anything over these amounts predisposes a person to Type II diabetes.
O.k. Back to the sugar-laden desserts. If you're going to put that sweetener in your system, it may as well be through cake consumption. That's my vote.
Speaking of votes, I found this cake recipe called, “Governor Cake” in one of my antique cookbooks. Though it's a pretty traditional recipe, I think cooks will find it is full of decorating potential. I can see this cake in several layers, all decorated with nasturtiums or with multi-color marshmallows for a kid's birthday cake.
I dedicate this Governor Cake recipe to John Cooper, a former Tennessee governor's son and now in a run-off for Nashville mayor. Way to go!
John is one of Shelbyville's own. His mom, the late Mrs. Hortense Cooper, would no doubt be proud of his accomplishment, as would his dad, the late Gov. Prentice Cooper. When I saw John on the news this morning, I immediately thought of Mrs. Hortense.
I always enjoyed covering Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meetings with Mrs. Cooper. I suspect she might have made this Governor's Cake from time to time. In fact with all the family dinners she hosted, I think it is a sure bet.
From cakes to weekend picks . . . What's cake without ice cream! Another weekend pick is the Flat Creek Community Center ice cream supper.
Did I say cake yet again?
Another great weekend pick is the annual Wartrace horse show Saturday night at Jernigan Field. Don't miss it. Tell Hal Skelton Dawn said hey.
In all the old cookbooks I've collected over the years, there's always a recipe for happiness. I like that.
So here's your sunshine for the week, topped off with the Governor Cake recipe. Enjoy! Have a blessed and cake-laden weekend.
Happiness Cake: 1 cup of good thoughts, 1 cup of kind deeds, 3 cups of forgiveness, 1 cup of consideration for others, 2 cups sacrifice and 2 cups of well-beaten faults. (I like this one.) You mix thoroughly. Add tears of joy, sympathy and sorrow. Flavoring is of course, love. Fold into daily life. Beat well with the warmth of human kindness and serve with a smile, anytime.
1 pkg. white cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can cream of coconut
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) container frozen whipped topping
½ can coconut
Prepare and bake the cake according to package directions using a 13x9x2-inch pan. While the cake is baking, blend together cream of coconut and sweetened condensed milk. While cake is still hot, poke holes throughout the cake with a fork. Pour liquid mixture over cake. Cool completely. Top with whipped topping and sprinkle with coconut.