Vermont Spice Cake

If you’re a fan of pumpkin spices you should love this cake, especially when fall weather is here.  I love the way this cake smells when it’s baking in the oven.  Your entire house will smell of pumpkin spice and we all know how wonderful that smells.  This cake is from a magazine I bought in 2006 called “Nestle Very Best Baking.”  As soon as I saw this cake I had to write it down so I would be sure to make it.  I was not disappointed in how it turned out and it’s not too hard to make.  I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do.  I use this cake recipe for cupcakes also and they turn out just as moist and just as delicious.



3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1/2 cup Carnation Evaporated milk

1 and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1 and 1/2 cups 100% pure pumpkin

1/4 cup water

(see frosting recipe below for Cinnamon Frosting)


Preheat oven to 325 F.  Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans.

Combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl.

Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl until creamy.  Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes.  Beat in pumpkin, evaporated milk, water and vanilla.

Gradually beat in flour mixture and spread evenly into prepared pans.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 15 minutes before inverting onto wire racks and then cool completely.

To Assemble:  Cut each cake layer in half horizontally with a long serrated knife.  Frost between layers and on top of cake, leaving sides unfrosted.  Garnish with walnuts of desired.

*I did not cut layers in half, I left layers as they were and iced between the two layers and I iced the outside of the cake.

**Cupcakes will not take as long to back and it makes about 28 to 30 cupcakes.  I baked them for about 16 minutes…check cupcakes every so often in the final minutes so you will know how long your oven takes for them to bake.

 See frosting recipe below.

3 cups sifted confectioner sugar

1/2 stick butter (melted)

1 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Extract/flavoring if desired (I used 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and I added 1 teaspoon cinnamon)

Combine confectioner sugar and butter in medium size bowl.  Stir in 2 Tablespoons heavy cream.  If desired, add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy, add more cream 1 Tablespoon at a time if necessary, or add more confectioner sugar if you prefer your icing to be thicker.


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Silk Pie

I saw this recipe in one of my Southern Living magazines and told myself I have to try this pie sometime….soon.  Well, I put the magazine away in a stack of other magazines and forgot all about it.  I occasionally browse through some of my old magazines to look for things I said I wanted to make and then forgot about. So, my new thought is this….I own the magazine, it’s my magazine, so, I should be able to rip the page right out of the magazine.  I don’t have to quietly rip a recipe out of a magazine in the doctor’s office and then feel badly that I took something that was not mine….after-all, God sees everything! lol  So, now I just rip recipes right out and put the magazine back in the stack.  Now when I have down time, I write the recipe out on a card and file in my loose-leaf cookbook for viewing later, and to make later. Awwww, the guilt is now gone!
This is a really good pie, it’s rich, but very good if you love chocolate and peanut butter. I love this pie cold, but it’s very good room temperature also. The chocolate in the pie is so soft and then you get that taste of peanut butter on top…then you have the crunch of the drizzled chocolate across the top and the crunch of peanuts in your mouth….mmmmmm so delish!


1 recipe Chocolate Pastry
3 cups whipping cream
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons crème de cacao or whipped cream
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup semisweet chocolate pieces, melted


1. FOR CRUST: Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare Chocolate Pastry. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry circle around rolling-pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate and trim to ½ inch beyond edge. Fold under extra pastry even with plate edge; crimp as desired. Generously prick bottom and sides of pastry with a fork. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil. Bake about 8 minutes more or until set and dry. Cool on a wire rack.

2. FOR FILLING: In a medium heavy saucepan combine 1 cup of the whipping cream, 1 cup chocolate pieces, 1/3 cup sugar, and butter. Cook and stir over low heat about 10 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat. Stir half of the hot mixture into egg yolks. Return egg yolk mixture to saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat 5 minutes or until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. Remove from heat. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Stir in crème de cacao (or whipping cream). Place saucepan in a bowl of ice water; let stand 20 minutes or until mixture stiffens and becomes hard to stir, stirring occasionally.

3. Transfer chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high-speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl frequently. In a mixing bowl beat ½ half cup of the whipping cream on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Fold some of the whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Fold chocolate mixture into the remaining whipped cream. Spread filling in pastry shell. Cover and chill for 5 to 24 hours.

4. Before serving, in a large mixing bowl whisk together ¼ cup of the whipping cream, the peanut butter, and ¼ cup sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in the remaining and 1/4 cups whipping cream on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Spread whipped cream mixture on top of pie. Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Chocolate Pastry Crust:

In a medium bowl stir together 1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and ½ teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in ½ cup shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ice water over the part of the flour mixture; toss gently with a fork. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until all the flour mixture is moistened (3 to 4 tablespoons ice water total). Gather flour mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together. Follow directions above on how to roll out crust.

Apple Bread

This bread is from a cookbook I bought while visiting family in Pennsylvania. I was at an auction siting next to a Mennonite lady during the auction.  We began talking about various things when we suddenly realized we both had a love for baking.  I asked her what was her most favorite “go to” cookbook and she told me about her favorite cookbook called “The Basics and More Cookbook.”  She told me I might find this cookbook at a local Mennonite store.  As soon as the auction was over I had to find this store!  When I got to the store, I began looking in the cookbook section and there it was… on a bottom shelf…my new “go to” cookbook! lol  I have made quite a few recipes from this cookbook, but most of the time I go to the BAKING SECTION!

I love the smell of bread while it’s baking, and it doesn’t matter what kind of bread, regular bread or sweet breads!  I love the smell of yeast breads, but there are so many breads that do not require yeast that are just as awesome…but, yeast breads will always be my favorite.  Even though this bread does not require yeast, it’s still a very good bread; although I thought this recipe was a little on the dry side, but, the next time I make it I would probably add some sour cream to it, or an extra egg.  I don’t want to discourage you from making this bread, it may not even be on the dry side to someone else.  So. why post this recipe instead of it’s a little on the dry side?  I still think it’s a good bread! lol  It’s great warmed up with butter on top!  You can taste the cinnamon along with the apples and then the crunch of the nuts….oh, still yummy indeed!  This bread recipe did not call for icing drizzled on top, so this is your option of you prefer the additional sweetness the drizzle icing adds to the bread.

Happy Bread Baking!



1 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 and 1/2 cups grated apples

2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


Cream sugar and shortening.  Beat in eggs.  Add apples.  Mix dry ingredients and add.  Stir in nuts.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350F approximately 1 hour.  Do not slice until cool.

*Optional : This bread did not have an icing, but I like a little icing drizzled on top.  Just mix some powdered sugar with a little water until you have the desired thickness you want.  I also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the icing, but his is also optional.

Recipe from a cookbook called “The Basics and More Cookbook.” 2005


Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Here is another great recipe for those who love lemon and blueberries.  This cake is refreshing and full of flavor, and easy to make.  This cake calls for fresh blueberries, but you can also use frozen blueberries if fresh is not available.  I would just make sure the frozen blueberries are completely thawed and rinsed well to avoid the blueberries turning the cake batter the color of blueberries!  This is a great cake to take to any gathering, and you don’t even have to drizzle icing over the top, you can simply sprinkle confectioner sugar on top instead. If you are a fan of the combination of lemon and blueberries, you may also love a recipe I posted called “Lemon Blueberry Drizzle Bread.” This recipe is from a cookbook called “Martha Stewart’s Cakes” 2013.  I hope you enjoy this cake recipe as much as I do!

Happy Cake Baking!



1 cup (2-sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan

2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon for blueberries and zest, plus more for pan

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

2 cups fresh blueberries

2 Tablespoons finely grated lemon zest

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on bottom shelf.  Butter a 12-cup Bundt pan; dust with flour, tapping out excess.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 and 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder and salt.

2. With an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of sour cream and beating until just combined.  Toss blueberries and zest with remaining 1 teaspoon flour; gently fold into batter.

3. Transfer batter into prepared pan; smooth top with an offset spatula.  Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 60 to 70 minutes.  Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes.  Turn out cake onto rack to cool completely.  (Cake can be stored at room temperature, wrapped in plastic, up to 3 days.)  Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving if desired.

*Optional:  I drizzled cake with confectioners’ sugar mixed with a little bit of water.  You can make the glaze thick or thin according to your preference. I like my drizzle icing thick, so I add very little water.  You can also add flavoring to the drizzle icing if you like.

Recipe from cookbook “Martha Stewart’s Cakes.”  3013




Note to my Followers

I know it’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted a recipe, but I’ve had some personal issues that have taken priority over my blog.  I hope to be able to continue to post new recipes and keep things updated and fresh as I had before.  Thanks to all who have remained as my followers! I appreciate each and every one of you. ~hugs~  Rosetta

Harvest Pumpkin Brownies

Another great brownie recipe…and so easy to make!  These brownies are so moist and they taste like pumpkin pie, but in a brownie form.  So easy to make and you can bet they will be gone in a flash!  Great brownies to take to any fall gathering.  Great in place of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving for those who are intimidated to make a pie.  If your new to baking and want to take something to a gathering, this is an easy recipe to make!  Hope you enjoy!

Happy Pumpkin Brownie Baking!

Harvest Pumpkin Brownies


1 can (15-ounce) pumpkin

4 eggs

3/4 canola oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

1 Tablespoon pumpkin spice

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt


1. In large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla until blended.

2. Combine dry ingredients; gradually stirring into pumpkin mixture.

3. Pour into greased 15×10 pan and bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out of center clean.

4. Cool on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting:


6 T butter, softened

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon milk

1/8 tsp salt

1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar


1. In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, eggs, oil and vanilla until blended.  Combine the dry ingredients; gradually stir into the pumpkin mixture.

2. Pour into a greased 15-inch x 10-inch x 1-inch baking pan.  Bake at 350F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting:

3. In a small bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and salt until smooth.  Gradually add confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Frost brownies.  Store in the refrigerator.  Yield 5 to 6 dozen squares.

Recipe from Taste of Home Fall Baking (special edition for 2012)


Pumpkin Bars

If you love pumpkin pie, then you are going to love this recipe. These bars are soft and yummy just like pumpkin pie.  This would be a good recipe to use for a beginning baker who is afraid to make a pumpkin pie. These bars are spicy just like pumpkin pie, and they are very easy to make!  I absolutely love fall baking! When these bars are baking, the aroma fills the house with pumpkin pie scent and that is definitely a smell I love to have in my house in the fall.  I took these to work and they were loved by all…and that is a good thing in my book! I hope you enjoy these bars the way my co-workers did, and the way I do!

Happy Pumpkin Bar Baking!




2 cups all-purpose flour

1 and 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cloves

4 eggs, slightly beaten

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

1 cup vegetable oil

1 recipe Browned Butter Icing (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves.  Add eggs, pumpkin and vegetable oil; stir until combined.  Spread batter evenly into an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan.

2. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours.

Browned Butter Frosting

In a small saucepan heat 1/3 cup butter until butter over low heat until melted.  Continued heating until butter turns a light golden brown.  Remove from heat.  In a large bowl, combine 3 cups powdered sugar, 2 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Add browned butter.  Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined.  Beat on medium speed until spreading consistency, adding additional milk if necessary.  Makes 1 and 1/2 cups.

Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Fall Baking Magazine.