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Pork and Beans Cake

 

Yes, you read that headline right – it really does say “Pork and Beans Cake” – and it’s AWESOME.

A coworker sent me the recipe, not because she knows how much I love beans, but because she knows I love to bake and try different things. 

You cant even see the beans!

You can't even see the beans!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can pork and beans
  • 1 8oz can of crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup veg oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 T Baking powder
  • 2 T baking soda
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Drain some of the bean juice and mash beans until pureed. Add pineapple (do not drain any juice), sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add flour, powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Blend for two minutes until smooth. Bake in well-greased jelly roll pan for 30-35 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

This cake is awesome!!! My roommates love it too. It has a carrot cake consistency, and if you didn’t tell anyone it was made with pork and beans, they would never know. I think the next time I try this, I’m going to use baked beans. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Next up is a bag I made a few weeks ago. I fell in love with the tree fabric immediately. It has a vintage feel, colors, with a modern twist – save the trees! The Tree Tote is fully lined, top band made with double sided biased tape, and the same belt/luggage strapping used on my plastic tote bags.

Tree Tote
Tree Tote

 

Tree Tote lining

Tree Tote lining

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Not Too Pretty To Eat

My mother insisted it was not right that I make my own birthday cake, and demanded she help. I let her. 

The parents always made birthdays special, one of my favorite traditions was The Cake. My mom would make whatever cake we wanted! And by, ‘whatever cake we wanted’ I mean we got to choose the cake color and frosting color. I always picked angel food. Purple, teal, black, she always made the perfect cake. When I was two, she was still into Wilton cake decorating and was making me a Pink Panther cake. I didn’t want to wait for the cake, so when it was cooling on a rack on the table, I snuck in the kitchen and ate about 3/4 of it. I don’t regret it. And every year she reminds me that she had to make me another cake. Thank you, Mom!

A few months ago my friend Karess sent me this link for a Rainbow Cake. Genius. I feel like an idiot for not thinking of it myself.

Here’s what went down:

 

Separate the batter into X amount of bowls. I choose 5 colors. Also make sure your pans are sprayed well so the cake pops right out.

Separate the batter into X amount of bowls. I choose 5 colors. Also make sure your pans are sprayed well so the cake pops right out.

 

Make your colors! We used LOTS of food coloring - all from your generic four-color box of liquid red/blue/green/yellow. Use as much as you like!

Make your colors! We used LOTS of food coloring - all from your generic four-color box of liquid red/blue/green/yellow. Use as much as you like!

 

Scoop the batter into the pans. Try to make each pan equal. We used bigger spoonfuls, next time I will try smaller. Shake the pans, hit them on the table a few times, to get the air bubbles out. Bake cakes.

Scoop the batter into the pans. Try to make each pan equal. We used bigger spoonfuls, next time I will try smaller. Shake the pans, hit them on the table a few times, to get the air bubbles out. Bake cakes.

 

 Add filling! Perfect Cake Filling: 8oz box of cream cheese, 1 package of instant pudding, 1/3 cup of milk, 8oz (1 container) of whipped topping, 4tsp flavoring (optional, use any flavor - I choose raspberry extract)

Add filling! Perfect Cake Filling: 8oz box of cream cheese, 1 package of instant pudding, 1/3 cup of milk, 8oz (1 container) of whipped topping, 4tsp flavoring (optional, use any flavor - I choose raspberry extract)

Frost cake. Decorate. Use lots of sprinkles.

Frost cake. Decorate. Use lots of sprinkles.

 

Eat.

Eat.

Eat more.

Eat more.

 

See how delicious the cake looks, and keep eating more.

See how delicious the cake looks, and keep eating more.

Stop being jealous, go make your own cake.