Tuesday, December 27, 2016

7-up Pound Cake

Okay as I looked at this, it sounded as if I was going to be attached by sugar fairy and also the cake will taste horrible as it has pop in it.  But to my amazement this is the most fluffiest, softest, tasted incredible and oh I can go on and on...delicious !

This will be my next favorite pound cake recipe.  Thank you to here for posting this wonderful recipe.

This recipe I halved it and made just one loaf size.

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening ( I used 1/2 cup butter)
2 cup sugar
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon or orange zest
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup 7-up soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Generously grease a bundt pan or 2 ( 8in) cake pan

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar till fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time.  Add in the zest and vanilla and salt.

Slowly add the flour, mix lightly,  Now add the 7-up and heavy cream,  Beat till everything is well combined and fluffy.

Bake for about 1 hour and test with skewer and if it comes out clean, remove to a cooling rack.

Once it cools slighty remove cake from pan and let cool completely.

8th Birthday

My son's 8th birthday was a blast.  We had it in Chuck E Cheese and all he wanted was a Captain America cake.  Oh I was thinking of just ordering the cake when the baker told me she cannot specifically make a shield cake so mommy had to do something about it.

When searching on pinterest and came upon some wonderful ideas.  Well I did it, I made my son's day by doing what he requested.  Its a simple here  cake with buttercream frosting. Simply loved it and it kept moist even after 2 days in the fridge.

We even had our Elf friend visit us for the birthday dressed up as Captain America.

And I also made cupcakes

Chicken and Kale Soup

I made this wonderful soup today. Well, this sounds like your regular soup but with a hint of cumin and ginger.  The flavors really come together well in this dish.  I also added some dirty rice in it.


Chicken breast, cubed
Carrot, cubed
Zuchini, cubed
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
Onion, cubed
Garlic, minced
Chicken broth
Salt and pepper


Marinate the chicken cube with chili powder, salt and pepper.

In a pot add olive oil and saute ginger, garlic and onion.  Add the marinated chicken.  Cook till slightly browned.  Add the carrots, kale, zuchini and cumin.  Stir for a bit and add the chicken broth and dirty rice.

Add seasoning according to taste and let cook until rice and vegetable soften.

Pumpkin Bread

For the love of pumpkin and its almost Thanksgiving..what more can I ask for other than Pumpkin bread and Pumpkin Pie.  I decided to make the pumpkin bread today and my oh my this is a keeper recipe.  Its so easy to put together since its a one bowl mix.

The bread is so moist and the aroma of the spices simply filled the air in the house. I think I better get on with the recipe and go cut a slice of the pumpkin bread for me to munch on....


1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
4 egg
1 cup Vegetable oil ( or 1/2 cup butter, melted and 1/2 cup oil)
2/3 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp cloves, optional
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp pumpkin spice, optional ( if you have it might as well use it)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix flour, spices, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl.

In another big bowl, beat the eggs and sugar.  Add pumpkin puree, oil, water,and beat till just combined.  Add slowly the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Prepare 3 loaf pan,  Bake for 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean when inserted.