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National Bundt Cake Day!

Posted in Today Is with tags , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by Raven

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Did ya know that today is National Bundt Cake Day.  I think that’s reason enough to celebrate with some chocolate!bundtcake4

I used to own many different Bundt Cake pans, but somewhere along the way, I must have given them away or tossed them. Now, I’m missing them. BooWoo!

The Famous Bundt® Pan was introduced back in 1950 by Nordic Ware from Minneapolis, MN.   Ten years later, it was the number one selling cake pan.

One of my favorite recipes was for Rum Bundt Cake. While the cake was cooling, you would take a toothpick, poke holes in the cake, and then…pour rum into the cake. YUMMY!

One of my weakness is chocolate.   Love the stuff!   And warm tunnel fudge cake is to die for!

An all-time favorite is Tunnel of Fudge Cake.bundtcake12

Just in case you get a craving for a slice….here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:
Cake:
1 3/4 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
2 cups powered sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups chopped walnuts*

Glaze:
3/4 cup powered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk

Preparation:
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12 cup Bundt Pan. In large bowl beat margarine and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add powdered sugar; blend well. By hand, stir in remaining cake ingredients until well blended. Spoon batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 58-62 minutes**. Cool upright in pan on cooling rack 1 hour, invert onto serving plate. Cool completely.

In small bowl, combine glaze ingredients until well blended. Spoon over top of cake, allowing some to run down sides. Store tightly covered. 16 servings.

*Nuts are essential for the success of the recipe.

**Since this cake has a soft tunnel of fudge, ordinary doneness test cannot be used. Accurate oven temperature and baking time are critical.

High Altitude – Above 3500 feet; Increase flour to 2 1/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons.

For a helpful How to Bake a Perfect Bundt Cake, click here.

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ENJOY!

What’s your favorite bundt cake?

Where to Go? Where to Go?!

Posted in Horse Trips with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by Raven
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Ya know…sometimes there are way too many options!

Take this weekend, I plan on horse camping and trail riding. But I have way too many options, as I have friends going in every direction to horse camp/trail ride.

  1. Wildcat State Park – WI
  2. Tamerack State Forest – MN
  3. Zumbro Bottoms – MN
  4. Triple HHH Trail Ride
  5. Forestville State Park – MN
  6. Govenor Knowles State Forset – WI

I want to go to each of these rides…but I can only choose one.

I decided to go to Tamerack. I have been wanting to ride these trails for many…many years. There have been a few different reasons, that I have never made it up there. Too buggy most of the season, way too many bees (I’m allergic) and trails too challenging to go without someone who DOES KNOW the trails.  Who likes getting LOST?

Last year I was all set to make the 3+ hour drive up to Tamerack with my saddle club. At the last mintue the ride was cancel due to high temps, too buggy and way too many bees. Darn. HA!

So, you can see that this year I was once again…soooo looking forward to going up to Tamerack with my friends.

But…today, I got an email that our ride location has been changed to Hay Creek State Forest. As it’s too buggy and there are way too many bees at Tamerack. HAHA! I’ll get up there…one year.

It’s not a big deal…I do so LOVE riding at Hay Creek Forest Management Area, the trails are beautiful. And spending time with my great friends is what really matters!

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Have an awesome weekend!