When my grands and I made the cozy village cakelets, back in December, I had a few leftover, which I stuck in the freezer. I pulled those out today and sprinkled them with some powdered sugar "snow" and put them on my snowflake-edged plates that I found at Kroger several seasons ago. My teddy bear is dressed for the occasion, and I'm sharing my old copy of Frosty the Snow Man, back from 1976. My little electric candle has a snowman bulb to shine some glow on my tea table.
Here's a close-up of my mug, which I'm having some Constant Comment tea, that goes well with the citrus flavor in the cake.
Aren't these the sweetest little cottages? I had my two little neighbor boys over to decorate some, also, and the oldest, who is eight, said on the way out, "Thank you, Miss Kitty for having us over. That was so kind of you." Oh my goodness, my heart just melted right there on the spot!
Snowy Village Cake Recipe, courtesy of Nordic Ware:
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 and 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon orange extract
grated orange peel from 1 orange
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour Cozy Village Baking Pan; set aside (I used Baker's Joy).
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt (or sour cream), butter, eggs, vanilla and orange extract; beat on medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well blended.
Add dry ingredients; blend on lowest speed, scraping bowl often, until well combined. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in orange peel.
Spoon half of batter into prepared pan, filling each well 3/4 full. Tap pan onto countertop to release air bubbles. For best results, spread batter up to reach the top edges of each well, so it is slightly lower in the centers. Set remaining batter aside. Bake for 22-27 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Invert cakes onto cooling rack and cool completely. Wash and dry out pan. Prepare pan as previously instructed. Repeat filling and baking procedure with remaining batter. Decorate as desired.
Makes 12 little cakes. I'm sure this would also make one large bundt cake.
Here's the little cottage all decorated with icing and Rice Krispie treat trees. Teddy Grahams are the greeters!
I just realized that I never shared this photo of the five of my seven grandchildren with their adorable cottages. They all turned out so cute and everyone could take one home to enjoy and not have to share. We used tiny candies, and sprinkles, all on foil covered cardboard . Don't they look proud!?
I am sharing this with these lovely parties:
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