Marble Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Sometimes it’s just nice to be in your kitchen. After a quick inventory I realized I had everything I needed to make a homemade marble cake with a light fluffy vanilla frosting. I literally had everything! Who can resist that!

This delicious cake is moist and not to heavy the vanilla and chocolate flavors are perfect together and the light marshmallowy frosting adds just enough sweetness. And I’m here to tell ya making a cake for no real reason other than just to have some cake is awesome!

Here’s what you need:

Cake

2 1/4c. Flour

1 2/3 c. Granulated sugar

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 c. Butter or Shortening

1 1/4c. Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla

5 egg whites

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour a 9 x 13in glass cake pan.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder in a large mixing bowl add butter milk and vanilla mix on medium speed till well blended. Add egg whites and mix on high speed 2 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl as you mix. In a medium bowl reserve 1 2/3c. batter. Pour remaining batter into the cake pan. Add cocoa powder and baking soda to reserved batter mix well. Spoon onto the top of the vanilla batter and use a butter knife to swirl together for marble effect. Bake 40-45 minutes.

Frosting

2 room temperature egg whites

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/4c. Corn syrup

2 Tbsp. Water

1 tsp. Vanilla

In a large mixing bowl mix egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan stir together sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to a boil covered. Uncover and boil 4-8 minutes or until candy thermometer reads 240°F. On medium speed slowly pour syrup mixture into the egg whites and mix until glossy peaks form. Add vanilla and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Cool cake completely before frosting. Enjoy!

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Homemade pizza

Tonight’s menu…homemade pizza! I love the variety of ingredients that can be used to make fresh pizza. Everything from pineapple to pepperoni…veggies, and my favorite cheese! Pizza can bring something to the table for every appetite. 

Pizza’s creation dates back to ancient times when Neolithic people would add vegetables to flat bread to make them more palatable and the recipe grew developed and changed from era to era ever since! 

Modern day pizza is thought to have originated in Italy when the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy,  and the Neapolitan pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita“.

This dish consisted of a crust topped with basil mozzarella and tomato. The colors of Italy.
Enough history for tonight…here is a great recipe for pizza crust that doesn’t take long periods of rising and kneading to make a fabulously tasty crust. I add premade pizza sauce and the veggies and cheeses that we enjoy the most! 

Start with:

1 pkg dry active yeast

1 tsp. Granulated sugar

1c warm water

2.5c bread flour or all purpose flour

2 tbsp olive oil

1tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 450F, in a medium bowl stir together yeast sugar and warm water. Let stand for 10 min. Add flour, oil and salt. Beat until smooth and let rest for 5 min. 

Turn over onto a floured surface and roll it out into the desired shape. Transfer to a lightly greased pizza pan add toppings and bake 15-20minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!