Thursday, October 21, 2010


Scroll down to the bottom for my FIRST BLOG HOP PARTY: KIDS CRAZY COOKING. If you have a blog and have a post with a recipe from your kids and/or your kids cooking PLEASE link up (does NOT have to be a current post, just remember to please ADD A LINK BACK HERE) just any recipe you made with your kids. We would love for you to share it here at KIDS CRAZY COOKING Blog Hop Party. (if you don't have a blog, feel free to write a recipe in the comments). This way all the moms can read, blog hop and try lots of different recipes with their own kids (young kids or teenagers, doesn't matter)!


Good Ole' Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook came to the rescue when my little one was craving "SPICE CAKE". (yes, he is 11 years old, and informed me yesterday "Mom I am almost a teenager", but he is still my baby) He was begging "Mom, please make Spice Cake" and I told him only if he helped, of course he did (but not so willingly, he wanted me to just go in the kitchen and whip it up like I do everything else)! Last year on his 5th grade field trip to the Brig Pilgrim Field Trip he was on the "galley crew" and he learned a few things in the kitchen as they reenacted the days of long ago. In the kitchen on the over-night field trip he learned how to make Spice Cake and ever since then he has been talking about it.

I searched my cook books and not a ONE had a recipe for Spice Cake, until I found this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook "The New Cookbook". (so, the first assignment here is that if YOU have a spice cake recipe we would LOVE LOVE if you would share it with us.) We would LOVE to make another Spice Cake, since this one he said was just not quite the same. Good, none-the-less BUT not the same. (and HE; not me elected no frosting, he said they didn't use frosting on the ship, so he insisted NO frosting)

As we were mixing and pouring and using my fancy Kitchen Aid Blender to mix it all up, his comment was "this is NOT how we made it on the ship, we had to mix it by hand and I think it taste better when you mix by hand" and then as we were whisking the dry ingredients he says "we didn't use a one of these things (a whisk), all we had was a spoon" (I guess they were really reenacting the good'ole days before all these modern conveniences.)

My all time FAVORITE photo of this trip of my son.
"King of the Galley"
I will say my son and I had a great 15 minutes of bonding time in the kitchen, even with his funny faces and licking the batter. And the outcome of his Spice Cake was perfect!

Spice Cake
from Better Home and Gardens New Cookbook

1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile grease and lightly flour 9x13 pan. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer. Add in sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Alternating by adding in flour mixture and buttermilk; until well combined. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until wooden toothpick comes out clear.

This post is linked to: Follow Me Friday, Inspiration Friday Party, Kids Cook Monday, Food on Fridays, Foodie Friday, I'm Lovin' It Fridays, Friday Potluck , Family Friendly Fridays and Tasty Tuesday !

This is a KIDS CRAZY COOKING Blog Hop Party, please join in and link up a post with a recipe from your kids and/or your kids cooking. If you would like to add this BLOG PARTY to your own blog post, see below directions and get the code. (you can also grab my button for the KIDS CRAZY COOKING if you'd like, or just add a line LINKING BACK!) THANKS & ENJOY! 


  1. Spice cake looks moist and delicious. Always a favorite for the fall and winter. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Plan B

  2. He's a cutie! It's nice to know that there will be more young men in this world who know how to cook. :-)

  3. Thanks, I hope I find some bloggers with kids who will post a recipe! ;-)

  4. OH that spice cake looks delicious, and even better that your son made it.

  5. This looks fantastic!! Thanks for sharing with Friday Potluck... I love the idea of kids cooking blog hop. We don't have any kids yet and the dog is a great taste tester but that's about it! I'll be your newest follower and will be including you in tomorrow's Saturday Sevens!

  6. Your spice cake looks and sounds yummy but I'd have to have frosting on mine. It's the reason I eat cake, lol.

  7. @ Erin (thank you thank you)
    @ Brenda (yes, i totally agree, i love frosting, but it was my son's cake, so we had to have it his way)

  8. wow, its cute and sweet...happy weekend! :)

  9. Your cake looks yummy! Baking is always a great project to do with the kids.

    Have a great weekend! La

  10. Yum, I love a good spice cake. Your pictures remind me of when I was a kid learning how to bake with my mother. It's wonderful that your kids are so handy in the kitchen.

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