My faithful readers should know by now, I like to keep things simple. I’m a simple man of simple tastes. A quiet, tableside martini, mixed by a thin man in a white dinner jacket, in the elegant bar of a five star hotel and you’ll find me serenely happy.
While “Simple wife, simple life” may be a complete fiction, in the kitchen, there’s no need for complexities that drift beyond the male mind’s comprehension or attention span, especially when it comes to baking a superb cake for the ravenous, but unworthy multitudes.
I settle for the masculine outlook: Huummmm, cake good, me want more! Next time me use fork.
This culinary delight is not the usual cake because this one uses pie filling. Pie filling in a cake? Yes, those who are faint of heart, release your inhibitions. Cast aside those dark, spurious doubts. This cake is so simple and delicious you’ll never buy another box of cake mix! You’ll be able to smile benevolently at the admiring throngs and brag “Naturally it’s made from scratch! I grow my own heirloom wheat, fertilized by free-range bovines who graze on sustainable native shrubs.”
Snobby, organic eating friends, who often avoid you, will lower their upturned noses and invite you over for a glass or two of wheatgrass flavored champagne. But, before you accept their invitation, get your wife to teach you about forks.
Simple Cake, Simple Icing – Elegantly Simple
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)
Butter an 8 X 13 inch (21 x 33 cm) baking dish. I prefer glass or ceramic.
2 Cups white sugar
1 Cup butter (2 sticks)
4 Teaspoons vanilla extract
3 Cups flour
3 Generous teaspoons baking powder
1 Cup milk
21oz can of fruit pie filling (Sometimes I use peach and sometimes cherry)
1. Cream together the sugar and butter and set aside
2. Crack the eggs into a small bowl
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder
4. Alternately beat in an egg and some flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar, until everything is combined.
5. Add the milk and mix until the batter is smooth
6. Mix in the fruit pie filling.
7. Put the batter in the prepared baking dish and slide it in the oven.
Bake for 80 minutes. Every 20 minutes, test with a knife to insure it’s done. ALL OVENS BAKE DIFFERENTLY. The first time I tested, all I had to do was shake the baking dish to see the center jiggle. I cooked it another 20 minutes, then another 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center came out clean.
VERY IMPORTANT: Let the cake cool completely before putting on the icing.
Make the simple Icing:
2 ¾ Cups confectioner’s sugar
4 Tablespoons butter, softened
½ Cup sour cream
¼ Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Cream the sugar and butter. (Simple man that I am, I use an electric handheld mixer)
2. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until the icing is smooth
3. Spread the icing on the cooled cake and decorate (For the cherry cake version, I used cheery pie filling for the cake, but maraschino cherries as decoration.)
Now it’s time to pop the cork on some bubbly, slice the masterpiece, and show your guests the real reason they’ll love your cake as much as they love trousers with an elastic waist!