Category Archives: Cake

Courtney’s Baby Food Cake

My Aunt Rayna and I were talking about cake a few months ago. At that time, we were talking about carrot cake, but I looked up some recipes after that conversation for other kinds of cake.

Yesterday, I wanted cake. I looked up recipe after recipe. I wanted one that used a cake mix and I found a few, but none of them were exactly right. I combined a few and came up with this:

Courtney’s Baby Food Cake

  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 12oz Baby Food Fruit
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
Place all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix for two minutes (either by hand or with a mixer on low.) Bake at 350F degrees. Your baking time will be pretty close to the package directions for the white cake. I baked for 35 minutes for two 8 inch pans.
Frost if you like, but we felt it was perfect without.
NOTE: Baby food containers come in various sizes. If you don’t have twelve ounces of the same flavor, just pick something that you think will go nicely with the other fruit you are using. I used 7 ounces of Pears, 4 ounces of Applesauce, and 1 ounce of Apple Cherry baby food.
If you don’t have baby food you can drain canned peaches or pears and puree them in your blender or food processor.
Only fresh apples or pears? Boil them until they are tender and then puree them.
Don’t look for problems. Look for ways to be successful.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Look what I made! Oh! The wonderful pleasure of chocolate. Devil’s food cake. I had planned to make a spice cake, but it was not to be.



This cake is so lovely and moist. Even my daughter, who won’t eat chocolate, is desperate to try it. I had one slice yesterday and it was every bit as good as I had hoped.

>What a difference a few weeks can make.

>As some of you may have noticed, I have been blogging less than normal lately. I tossed in a restaurant review I had been saving for this very reason and I think I tossed up a cat story, but that’s been it.

There has been so much going on that it feels like it’s all stuck in a tube and I haven’t figured out a way to clear the word clog yet. I suppose I’ll start with the biggest and possibly most surprising thing.

I got married. (SURPRISE!)

On March 12th, James and I got married in a small and slightly hysterical ceremony for two. We eloped, kind of. I told my family because they hate surprises and they get their feelings hurt sometimes. James didn’t really tell people until a few days ago. I was surprised because I have a huge family and things like this don’t really stay quiet for long, but I don’t know his family yet so maybe that’s just how they are.

The person who performed the ceremony was Spanish speaking and he had one of the most hysterical accents I have ever heard. I don’t know why, but I think it was because he was trying to be so earnest and sincere. The look on his face was just so hopeful and then he said “repeat after me.” I was trying so hard not to giggle. It doesn’t help that my left ear has 60% hearing loss, so repeating after him was really hard. I possibly should have studied prior to showing up, but I wasn’t sure what vows he would use.

We only had one true mishap during the ceremony. Apparently, I was nervous and my hands swelled. When he attempted to put on the wedding band it didn’t really want to go on. I helped him out and we finished the ceremony without any further trouble.

We had lunch at Subway afterward, which was awesome because I was starving and they had Sun Chips. I love that they have tons of veggies to put on their sandwiches, so it’s like having a salad with some bread. We followed that up by going with Sadia, Jeff, and my brother Cameron to the Hard Rock in Orlando for dinner and to see Gabriel Iglesias. Gabriel Iglesias was hysterical. I think what I like about him the most is that he’s really funny, but he’s not mean. Some comedians seem to get off on being cruel, but Gabriel isn’t like that. He tells these really funny stories and loves chocolate cake. How can you not like this guy?

I still have my apartment and we basically take turns at each others house, but my lease ends in about a month. I’ll be moving out of Tampa and into James’ house. I’ll admit, I’m a little freaked out. We’ll have to take this one step at a time.