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Apricot Brandy Cake

christmas 2013, apricot cake, pan-fried heart 028Valentine’s Day is upon us.  Actually, it’s been lurking in the stores since Thanksgiving. Junior Deerslayer refers to it as “Singles Awareness Day”.  Everyone in our family has decided that it would be a sneaky move for all of us to secretly decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 16th instead.  All the cards, flowers, and candy will be 1/2 off.  The restaurants will have put away their “special occasion menus”… the ones that feature only a couple of entrees that cost about four times the regular price. There are 364 days a year that my dearly beloved can show me how much he loves me.  He lavishes me with tokens of his affection every day.  Okay, most days, pretty often, often enough. No need to run these things into the ground.

 For anyone who succumbs to societal pressure and feels the need to come up with SOMETHING before February 16th, try this delicious cake.  Save the $6 for a card, $100 for flowers, and $200 for dinner out.  Prepare this wonderful cake.  prepare a small personal note, and fix a nice dinner at home.  Priceless!

 Apricot Brandy Cake Ingredients
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cooking spray with flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 package yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup apricot brandy
Directions:
Sprinkle nuts and dried apricots over bottom of a 10 inch tube pan or 12 cup bundt pan that’s been liberally sprayed with cooking spray w/ flour.smoked pork shank, rum cake, tamales, dance, christmas 048
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Stir together cake mix, eggs, water, oil and apricot brandy.
Pour batter over nuts.
Bake at 325 in oven for 1 hour or until knife inserted half way between center of tube and edge comes out clean..
Cool 10 minutes in pan.
Invert onto serving plate with a lip around the edge (to collect glaze) and prick top with skewer or knife so that glaze can soak it.
Glaze
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1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup apricot brandy
  1. Melt butter in saucepan.
  2. Stir in water and sugar.
  3. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir in apricot brandy.
  6. Brush glaze evenly over top and sides of cake. (It’s pretty tasty! You might want a sip or two.)
  7. Allow cake to absorb glaze.  As glaze collects in serving plate, I pour it back into the pan and reapply until fully absorbed.
  8. Repeat until glaze is used up.

This cake is even better the second day.  Good luck with that, though!

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Recipes, Sweet Things, Uncategorized

 

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Fabulous Rum Cake

smoked pork shank, rum cake, tamales, dance, christmas 047 This recipe has become a family favorite.  I first found it in a magazine ad for Bacardi rum.  It became REALLY popular the year I ran out of regular rum and made it with 151 proof.  The clan loved it.  Recently, I’ve been using Appleton’s Reserve from Jamaica.  The taste is so smooth and candy-like.  It lends itself nicely to the recipe.

Ingredients

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  • Cooking spray with flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1  package yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix*
  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup rum

Glaze

Directions

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  1. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of greased 10 inch tube pan or 12 cup bundt pan.
  2. Stir together cake mix, eggs, water, oil, and rum.
  3. Pour batter over nuts.
  4. Bake at 325 in oven for 1 hour.
  5. Cool 10 minutes in pan.
  6. Invert onto serving plate and prick top and sides.
Glaze
  1.  Melt butter in a saucepan
  2.  Stir in water and sugar.
  3.  Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add rum.
  5.  Brush glaze evenly over top and sides of cake. (It’s pretty tasty!  You might want a sip or two!
  6.  Continue to spoon glaze over cake until all is absorbed.
Cake is even better the second day.  Good luck keeping any that long!
*The original recipe lists the option of using yellow cake mix, a package of vanilla pudding mix, 4 eggs instead of 3, and 1/2 cup of oil instead of 1/3.
 
 

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