If I create it, then I get to name it, right? So, I’m naming this scrumptious, moist strawberry bake the Strawberry Excuse Cake! Because, beside a delicious ruby red batter made from fresh crushed strawberries and jell-o, The top is, well, over the top! The cake is basically an excuse to incorporate all of your favorite cake toppings! I’ve added things like strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, star fruit and chopped Snickers bars, but you can add whatever your heart desires! Besides achieving a deep, rich cake batter, I also wanted the real flavor of fresh strawberries to come through, so instead of the cup of water required in the cake mix, I replaced the water with strawberry juice. (For this recipe I used V-8 V-Fusion Strawberry Banana Juice) This optional, but I also added several tablespoons of strawberry liqueur to the batter, which gave the cake another boost of berry! Buttercream or a white icing goes beautifully with this strawberry cake and all of the delicious topping! Need an excuse to make dessert this week? This one takes the cake!
It’s Arizona State Fair days! Time for your deep-fried-everything fix! This year you’ll find the usual fan favorites like corn dogs, deep-fried butter, cotton candy and cheese fries. But they’ve added more of the zing factor the year with things like a jumbo hollowed out pickle stuffed with melted cheddar cheese, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and jalapenos and the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crusted turkey leg. Oh! Also new this year, bacon and Cheetos cotton candy that will feel a bit like pop rocks in your mouth! To get you into the state fair spirit, I’m sharing my recipe for Deep Fried Onion Rings. They are super easy to make and really fun for a side, snacks or game day munching. They’re as delicious as you’ll find on the midway!
Watch my How To Video for Homemade Onion Rings Here!
The one thing we do know about this cake is that it was first printed in Southern Living Magazine in 1978 and eventually became the most popular and requested recipe in the magazine’s history. What we don’t know about Hummingbird Cake, is how it got its name. This moist, 3-layer slice of heaven was created and submitted to Southern Living by Mrs. L.H Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina forty one years ago. Over the years, information about Mrs. Wiggins was lost, but a recent post on line from Southern Living revealed this:
“Stay tuned, because in the coming weeks, you’ll more about cracking the case of the Hummingbird Cake in a new Southern Living podcast—including exclusive interviews with Mrs. Wiggins’ family and Southern Living food editors throughout the decades.”
So maybe we will find out about the cakes’ origin and its name. Once you make it, you’ll find out why it’s been a time-tested and beloved recipe for dessert lovers for decades!