Lumberjack Cake

http://www.bhg.com/recipe/fruit–date-lumberjack-cake/

If you are thinking of presenting the aprons and oven mitts from the previous post as a gift, then you can add this recipe to complete it. You could either make the cake and give the recipe or just add the recipe. (Writing the recipe on a pretty recipe card is a bonus!).

As usual, I tweak the recipe…

Instead of boiling a cup of water I use a red wine or even some fruit juice for more flavor since you will add the liquid to the cake mixings.

I cut the sugar a bit to just under 1 cup. I also have substituted some of the white sugar with brown sugar for flavor and color depth.

In addition to or in place of the apple/pear I add some chopped dried fruit too, whatever I have on hand. Even nuts! Be careful, you are what you eat…

I love recipes that can be tweaked to use what I have on hand since running to the store is a major event for me.

I have never performed the Glazed Pears and Kumquats addition to the cake. That is just too much work. Sadly, that is really what I think but it has never been missed. It is a hearty sticky yummy cake for breakfast, dessert or just because.

Keep checking back for my next post on a Maraschino Party Cake with Maraschino Cherry Frosting. It is a pretty pink cake, sweet, and reminiscent of an old fashioned cake from childhood, that will REALLY go well with your apron gift. 🙂

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