This is my new favorite cake ever. It was the first sheet cake I've ever made as well. It tastes very similar to my Almond Butter Cake (found here) except this one is more moist and has more of a buttery-almond flavor as opposed to the lighter flavor with a touch of apricot. I baked this sheet cake last night to take to school today for a party in civics, and I honestly had to force my parents to not eat any more pieces after I gave them some. My mom says - hands down - that it's the best thing I've ever made. I swear, they would have eaten the whole cake. I don't blame them though...I had to force myself to only a couple slices because I wanted to have enough to take to school. And it was totally worth the wait because they were soooo delicious today as well! I can't decide if I like this cake better warm or cold; it's phenomenal either way. What makes this cake so good is the flavor of almond extract. I absolutely love almond extract, and I know it has a tendency to be overpowering in desserts, but it was the perfect amount for this recipe. The sour cream also makes this cake super duper moist. One thing I love about this cake is that it bakes up so quickly! And putting the frosting on it when it's warm makes the frosting seep into the cake and soak up all that yummy, sweet flavor. Do NOT skip the frosting! It truly makes the cake.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Oh yeah. I'm not kidding in the slightest...this is the BEST french toast recipe ever. I first had it a few year's ago at my friend Lisa's house; her mom made it for us for breakfast. I loved it so much...I had at least thirds. I kept telling her how incredible it was, and she made it every time me and Lisa had a sleepover. It cuts like butter, and the inside is perfectly eggy and soak up the egg/milk mixture sooo well. The addition of orange zest gives it a wonderful, fresh taste that makes it so much better than any other french toast recipe. And the honey makes it perfectly sweet and...ohmygoodness everything about this recipe is just SO perfect. It's just as phenomenal every time I eat it. It's one of those recipes where once you have it, you have to have it every couple weeks or so or you'll go insane because you love it so much. She gave me the recipe and I can honestly say I've only made it once, but I used a different bread, so it didn't turn out as good as she makes it. You have to use a good Challah bread, or it won't taste like the absolute best french toast in the entire universe. But I promise you that if you follow this recipe exactly, it will be the best. After you try this recipe, you will never eat another french toast recipe EVER again. Whenever me or a friend or family member makes or orders french toast, it seriously tastes almost gross, because all you can think about is how much better this recipe is. I recommend serving it will pure maple syrup, a little bit of powdered sugar, and fresh strawberries. Please try this recipe...it will not disappoint. You can find this recipe here.