Mandarin Orange Cake (with a little help from baby)

Mandarin Baby

Look at this little baby boy helping me to bake a cake. So adorable! I am not usually one that plays the Black Bantam gachas for babies, but this time I did. We are going to be making a Mandarin Orange Cake today. If I can stop him from eating all of the oranges.

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Most of the recipes that I found were made using a box of cake mix. Since Black Bantam went through the trouble to make the flour, we are going to make it from scratch. I am going to share this recipe from Just a Pinch Mandarin Orange Cake from Scratch

Ingredients

2 1/2 c flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 c butter, room temperature
2 1/2 c sugar, divided
4 eggs
11oz can mandarin oranges, undrained

Frosting

2 c whipping cream
1 box 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained 8 oz.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Grease and Flour two 8 inch cake pans.
In a small bowl, whisk flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Cream Butter and 2 cups Sugar. Add Eggs one at a time until all combined.
Add entire can of Mandarin Oranges. Beat into batter, slightly crushing up oranges.
Slowly add flour mixture until well mixed.
Divide batter between the 2 cake pans. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool on wire racks.

Make Frosting while cake is baking:

Whip cream with remaining 1/2 cup of Sugar and Pudding Mix until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use. Spread on cooled cakes. Enjoy!

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This cake was super easy to make. I simply placed oranges on top of the Tres Blah Bon Appetit Cake for decoration.

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I wanted to share this recipe that also had a tiny helper in making their cake. https://julieblanner.com/mandarin-orange-cake/

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Ice Cream

Can’t you just smell the warm chocolate chip cookies coming right out of the oven? Cookies are always a special treat. It does not matter if it is wintertime or summertime.  They are great with a cup of hot cocoa or to take for a snack on a picnic.

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Cooling

To make chocolate chip cookies Ultimate you will want to make an ice cream sandwich with them. Just add a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies. I think most any flavor ice cream would do just fine. Below is a recipe for a batch of Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies that comes from Gold Medal Flour’s website. I added that including nuts in your recipe is optional.  Dust Bunny’s Homemade Summer Treats

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gold Medal Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1egg
  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 375ºF.

  • Mix sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Baking Cherry Pie from Scratch

Cherry Pie Recipe

Cherry Pie makes me think of summer. Honestly, if you can find cherries then you can have it anytime. I found several recipes to help us bake a cherry pie today. The one I used was easy to follow and everything was made from scratch. Sally doesn’t cook her cherry pie filling before placing it in the pie crust and that saves time. Anybody can go to the store and buy a ready made pie crust. We are doing this by scratch. Please follow the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, or look up a different recipe to suit your tastes. Continue reading Baking Cherry Pie from Scratch

Bear Nuts Cookies

Bear Nuts Cookies

Look at these adorable little teddy bear cookies holding on to their nuts! So darn cute! I definitely have to make these. These little goodies are from the store 8f8. The set is called Snuggled In and is only available at Black Kite.

A recipe that I found on Superbcook.com will help you to make very similar cookies. I think these cookies would also be delicious with some m&m’s. I found CuteSimpleStuff doing that version and has a bonus video.

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How-to Christmas Ornament Cookies

How-to Baking Christmas Cookies

We have been baking and decorating Christmas cookies today. I have two recipes to share with you to make your own at home. The first batch are easy sugar cookies. Just add some icing, m&m’s, and a ROLO candy and you have a Christmas Ornament cookie. Use any assortment of colors for your ornament decoration.

Christmas Ornament Cookies Recipe

To keep things easy, I’m going to show you a recipe from the same blog for the next cookie. It is so easy to make! 4 ingredient Christmas cookies cannot be more simple. Prepare the cake mix, scoop small dough balls on to cookie sheet, bake, cool, and place your Hershey’s Kiss candy on top.

4 Ingredient Christmas Cookies

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