Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker Giveaway and A Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe Too!

I love things that make my life easier. Who doesn’t? I also love things that make baking desserts easier and not heating up my entire house. That is why I am currently in love with my Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker!

pound cake maker

You can seriously make pound cake now in about 10 minutes, and that’s including preheating! It took me longer to find the ingredients in my pantry than it did to make a pound cake!

pound cake sliced

Seriously! Literally, you mix the ingredients together, add to the Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker, wait about 8-10 minutes and done! I frosted and decorated after it cooled off. I’m including the pound cake recipe I used, because I never knew I could make chocolate pound cake! Also, let me just say, yum.

Chocolate Pound Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¾ tsp salt
  • 1¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Slowly add wet ingredients.
  3. Add to Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker and bake for 8-10 minutes.

This pound cake maker is so easy to use. I will be making pound cakes to take camping with us this weekend. That’s how good and easy they are to make! Since I am in love, I want one of you to get one of these too. I have arranged for one lucky winner to win one! Here’s what you need to do:

Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker Giveaway

Gluten Free Quinoa Cake Recipe

Gluten Free Quinoa Cake Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups quinoa flour
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 3 organic eggs
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup seedless dates
  • ¼ cup orange juice
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together flours and dry ingredients.
  2. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and orange juice. Then beat to combine.
  3. Stir in the carrots, coconut and dates by hand.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  5. Pour the batter into the backing pan and bake for about 25 to 35 minutes.

 

Special thanks to cibo verde  for the recipe!

Fun Easter Cupcakes for Kids to Make

If you are looking for a fun, easy Easter activity to do with your kids, then give these Easter cupcakes a try.  After they are decorated they look like they have a little bird nest with eggs in it sitting on top of each cupcake.

You can easily substitute a store-bought cake mix and pre-made frosting for homemade, but if you have the time, your children will enjoy the work it takes to make homemade cupcakes. Baking with your kids teaches them an important life skill, and it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family. Decorating the cupcakes is the fun part. This recipe is very simple, and your kids will enjoy creating little bird nests on top of their cupcakes.

The bird nests are make out of flaked coconut.  You will be coloring the coconut green to look like grass. The bird eggs are jelly beans.

Your children will really enjoy coloring the coconut.  First have them put a handful of coconut into a ziploc bag.  Next have them dip a toothpick into green food coloring and then have them stir the coconut with the toothpick to distribute the food coloring throughout the coconut. Next help your children seal the ziploc bag and have them gently knead the bag until the coconut is completely green.

After the cupcakes are cool, they will be ready to decorate. Have your children spread on the frosting first then sprinkle with green coconut.  Your children can then arrange jelly beans or “bird eggs” on their coconut nests.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
Paper baking cups

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tins with paper baking cups.  Stir dry ingredients together first.  Next add shortening, milk, and vanilla.  Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.  Scrape side of bowl with a spatula.  Add eggs. Beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Fill baking cups 1/2 full.  Bake for 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 36 cupcakes.

Icing:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

With a mixer, blend the powdered sugar and butter.  Stir in vanilla and milk and mix until smooth.  If necessary, add more powdered sugar or milk to get desired consistency. You can add food coloring if you want to change the color of the frosting.

Baking can be one of your family’s new Easter traditions.  Activities like these are something your children can look forward to from one holiday to the next.

 

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more crafts, recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.