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Friday, March 27, 2015

Brooke's Red Cake Recipe


Please say howdee to my good friend, Brooke!

I met Brook a couple years ago at a photography workshop.  We hadn't met each other in person until the workshop, until we were roomies that is.  Then I met this sweet woman and had the opportunity to stay up way to late, talk in bed till the wee hours of the morning and yak about photography and adoption and all things life.  Brooke is a southern gal, Alabama to be specific. Like complete with a big ol' thick accent. I luv that part of here.  And just as sweet as sweet tea too.  Because of this southern-ness, I know she knows good food already.

Back then, she was trying to hard to be patient while she was waiting for her sweet Jack to come home to her from his South Korea.  It took a lot longer than they expected it would, but y'all familiar with international adoption know how the unexpected in the norm.  Jack is home now an watching him bloom in pictures is such a treasure.  Brooke's family blog is here.

So here is Brook and her gorgeous Jack sharing her grandmomma's Red Cake recipe that I will make, for sure, without a doubt.  I know the kids are going to enjoy not only eating it but making it too!

And ya, she actually use words like grandmomma. She's that kind of southern!  Luv her so!

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Spring has officially sprung.  And with exception of our little one day teaser last week, Alabama apparently forgot to check the calendar.  So, we have really been trying to embrace the rain and make the most of our time indoors.
I have been letting some monogramming I needed to get done pile up because, frankly, Jack Cruz is still pretty much my shadow, and sewing with a two year old isn’t exactly a piece of cake, but it came time to bite the bullet and thread the needle. 
My Grandmomma is most famously known for three things:  she’s the baby whisperer, the sewing guru, and the mastermind behind this beautiful thing we like to call Red Cake.  So, while we crashed her house for me to sew (that’s where all the sewing supplies are), Jack Cruz and I also decided to ask her to help us whip up a little Red Cake yumminess!!
After his very first bite, Jack Cruz declared, “TACOO’S CAKE!”  I think its safe to say he loved it just as much as the rest of us do!
Red Cake Recipe:
1 box strawberry cake mix
1 box cherry jello
4 eggs
¾ cup corn oil
¾ cup water
Put strawberry cake mix, cherry jello, eggs, corn oil, and water in mixer.  Beat on low for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl.  Pour into greased and floured tube pan.  Bake in 325 degree oven for 1 hour.
Glaze:
½-1 box cherry jello
½ cup hot water
2 Tbsp butter
2 cup confectioners sugar
Dissolve the jello in hot water.  Add butter and confectioners sugar.  When hot cake is taken from the oven, punch 100 holes in cake with ice pick (or chopsticks work too!), punching through to bottom of pan.  Pour icing mixture over hot cake.  Let stand in pan until cold. 
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Thank you so much, Brooke!  I cannot wait to try your grandmomma's Red Cake! And it's totally obvious from your pics and how you describe Jack Cruz that you are raising the perfect southern gentleman.  
And thanks for sharing it with us, Brooke!  
Missing your wonderful company and staying up late in the night talking,   

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