Friday, April 13, 2012

Busy Day Cake

Don't you just love the name of this cake? "Busy Day" I have been making this cake since I was in elementary school. It was one of the first things I learned to baked from the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that my mom gave me. I often imagine that it got it's name from homemakers that were so busy with housework, chores, working, errands, that they wanted a quick, easy dessert to throw together for after dinner. This is it! Over the past 20 years my cooking and baking has evolved to the love of simple ingredients that make delicious food. This recipe is one of them. Another short list of ingredients that is whipped up in a matter of minutes and baked under 30. You probably already have everything you need. I find that when I use the best ingredients that I can afford, my recipes taste that much better. This cake is absolutely delicious with a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar, or frosted with your favorite frosting, and even better in the summer with fresh picked berries and some homemade whip topping! It's one of those desserts that like a great pair of jeans, can be dressed up or down. I am admitting that after I made this cake, I had an urge, yes an urge from where I don't know, but I put a piece in a bowl and poured some milk over the top! I really can't believe I was doing this, but with one bite, another, and another, I was hooked and ready to pour milk over the rest of the cake and devour it. I never wanted to try milk over cake, ever. Milk is suppose to be in a cup, to be drunk with the cake. After watching my husband's family do this for years, I have now crossed over to their side. It was absolutely delicious. This warm slice of cake soaking up the milk, tasting like a Snickerdoodle cookie. With just the right ratio of milk to cake there was  no sogginess at all, just pure wonderful deliciousness all in one bowl! Cake will never be the same. Trust me you have to try it. I hope that even among your busiest days, or on the days when you have some down time, you take the time to make this cake. You can never be to "busy" for Busy Day Cake! Our oldest son thinks this should be an Every Day Cake!! and it just might, they ate it all in one sitting.

Busy days. This verse in Joshua 3:9 got me thinking, Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come and listen to the words of the Lord your God. "Come and listen." Are our days too busy and filled with too much to do, places to go, people to see, never ending list that we forget to come and listen. How do you come and listen?, Psalm 5:3 says that In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. I love how it says "in the morning you hear my voice" before your day starts and gets busy. Starting your day alone with God, quietly, laying your requests, praising Him, giving thanks and listening for His voice with expectation that He is going to respond. Let us not get so busy that we forget that This is the day that The Lord has made!

Busy Day Cake 
(Better Homes and Gardens Complete Step by Step Cookbook) What is great about this cake is that you can make it your own. Change out the extract for lemon, orange or almond. Add some grated lemon or orange zest. How about a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice whatever mood you find yourself in.


1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


Grease & flour a 9x9" square cake pan. Preheat oven to 375.

In mixing bowl add butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add 1/2 the milk, egg and vanilla. Mix well and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add the rest of the milk. Beat for 2 minutes more. Turn into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until tester comes clean. Cool and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar, frost with your favorite frosting. During the peak berry season, top with fresh berries and a dollop of whip topping, or place a piece of cake in a bowl pour some milk over the top and enjoy a sweet moment.

Eat Well, Sonya