Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Papa


I decided to celebrate the Feast of St. Bernadette with our meal tonight (we might sing Happy Birthday and blow out candles to our Holy Father), but if you are looking for a quick cake recipe to celebrate our pontiff's 83rd birthday today, I love this yummy scratch cake. It is a recipe I turn to often for our Blessed Mother, because it is white, but I also used it to celebrate the white smoke that came from the chimney at the Vatican the day our new, beloved pope was announced -- it was our habemus papam cake.

Butter Brickle Cake

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2 cups flour
11⁄4 cups sugar
1 T plus 1/4 t. baking powder
1 t salt
1 cup milk
1⁄2 cup shortening
11⁄2 t vanilla
3 egg whites, room temp.

1⁄4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T half & half
2 T hot water
1 - 1⁄2 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl.

Add milk, shortening and 1-1/2 t. vanilla.
Beat at medium speed until well blended.
Add egg whites, beat 2 minutes.
Pour batter into greased and floured 13”x9” pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cake tests done with a toothpick.

Melt butter in heavy saucepan.
Cook over low heat until butter is golden brown.
Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, half & half, water and vanilla.
Beat with a whisk for 3 minutes, or until smooth.
Spread evenly over top of cake.


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