Monday, January 10, 2011

Recipes from My Christmas Cake Tradition

I make these cakes for Christmas gifts every year.  And after Christmas, there are so many requests for the recipes.  So, instead of emailing and writing them time and again, I am posting them here.

My apologies for the chaotic photo.  I admit, it's awful.
 I didn't have a lot of time on my hands when I took it but,
everyone wants to know about the wine.  It's found most
anywhere...Food Lion, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Martin's, etc.
Square bottle, most always on the right side of the wine aisle.
First up,

Blackeberry Wine Cake
 1 box white cake mix
1 box blackberry jello
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup oil
1 cup Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

Combine cake mix and jello.  Add eggs, oil and wine, mix until batter is smooth.  Pour batter into a greased bundt pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Let cool 10 minutes and invert onto a platter.  While cake is warm, poke holes in the top and sides using a meat fork (or whatever's handy.)

Blackberry Wine Glaze
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

Whisk sugar and wine together until smooth.   Slowly pour over warm cake, allowing glaze to soak in.  Be patient, don't worry if there's a pool of glaze on your platter, eventually it will soak into the cake.  You can serve this warm or cool.  It can also be frozen.

Now, for the

Five-Flavored Pound Cake
3/4 cup margarine, softened
3/4 cup butter-flavored Crisco
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
5 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. coconut extract
1 tsp. butter extract
1 tsp. almond extract

Cream margarine and Crisco in mixer.  Add 1 cup of sugar at a time, beating well after.  Add 1 egg at a time, also beating after.  Sift flour and baking powder, add to mixture - alternating with milk.  Add extracts and mix well.  Bake in greased and floured tube pan at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours (I had to add a couple minutes to mine, use your own judgment.)  Let cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto platter.  This also can be frozen.