Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Busy Day Cake

My mom was a busy woman.  She was a stay at home mom with 4 kids with a self-employed husband.  Being small business owners, that meant even though she "stayed at home," she always had something going on.  From business related tasks, household chores, kids to take care of, kids to pick up from band practice/football practice/church meetings/boy scout functions, not to mention her own craft projects, mom always had something going on.

Even though she always had (and still has) something going on, she would always make time to cook dinner for the family and on Monday nights have an activity and treat prepared for family night.  I don't know if this cake was ironically named or was something she came up with, but it is super yummy, fast and easy.  This made from scratch cake recipe is almost as easy as opening a box of cake mix, but with the satisfaction that you made it yourself and it is much tastier!


1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup self rising flour
3/4 cup milk

additional 1-2 Tbsp Milk
1/2 cup blueberries


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Place shortening in a mixing bowl.  Add sugar, egg, vanilla and mix until moistened.

2. Gradually add flour and milk at the same time.  If desired, add extra milk and blueberries and gently stir until incorporated.

3. Bake in a greased and floured 9x9x2 pan for about 25 minutes.

Just a quick note.  If you do not have self rising flour, you can make your own by sifting together 1 teaspoon baking powder for each 1 cup of flour

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