Friday, June 4, 2010

Sunset, Royal Tropicana, Oatmeal Cake

Good morning everyone. Hope you all have a great weekend. It's hard to believe it's Friday already.

We've had some thunderstorms the past two afternoons giving us some much needed rain, and lowering the humidity a tad. Yesterday morning DH and I were both outside moving a few things, and our clothes became wet in no time from the heavy humidity. It was awful.

This morning I've got a loaf of Italian herb bread going in the bread machine, it smells good already. I'll be heading off to work later, and I'll see how it is there, as this is our off season, and we have road construction going on there, plus a down economy.

These clouds sure got my attention. It was after a thunderstorm and the sun was setting. Just beautiful.

Here is the Royal Poinciana with dark sky behind. I really love that contrast. This tree is only in bloom for a short while, so I am enjoying the show while it lasts.

Now here is a picture of a new recipe I tried yesterday afternoon, and oh my, this was absolutely scrumptious. I cut the cake in half to have a layered cake. The cake recipe was from here. I'm not sure where I found the frosting recipe.


1 1/2 c. boiling water
1 c. quick oatmeal
1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 1/3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

CAKE: Pour boiling water over oatmeal and butter, cover for 20 minutes. Add sugars, eggs and beat. Sift dry ingredients and add. Pour into 13 x 9 inch baking dish (greased and floured). Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


1/2 c. butter
1 1/3 c. coconut
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 c. milk
2 c. sifted confectioners' sugar

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut and stir until golden brown. Remove about half the coconut; set aside.

Melt remaining butter in skillet with coconut. Add brown sugar. Cook and stir over low heat 2 minutes or until blended. Then add milk, bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cool.

Gradually add confectioners' sugar until it's about the right consistency to spread, beating well after each addition. Spread on cake. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Makes 2 cups frosting, or enough to cover tops and sides of two 8-inch layers, one 9-inch square, or 24 cupcakes.

P.S. I used some coconut milk I had left-over from when I made coconut bread the other day, in place of regular milk.


It is the sweet, simple things of life

which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Rebecca said...

I shall make this cake the next time I'm serving guests. It sounds moist and delicious (I like coconut.)

Like you, I'm functioning (reluctantly) in the heat and humidity. It is hard for me to get enthused about yard/garden chores when it is like this.

I enjoy seeing the blooms and blossoms on your compound :)

Kudzu said...

the cake and the frosting both sound so good! i was looking for a frosting recipe last week that i thought was called burnt butter or burnt sugar, like my granny used to make, but never did find what i wanted. this coconut frosting would have been great!

Floridagirl said...

Lovely quote. Love those dramatic scenes. You have some awesome views from your garden! Your cake looks yummy too.

Antique ART Garden said...

Ahh, to see that coconut cake made me remember my grandmother, the one who lived on a small ranch-farm. She would make yellow cake, and then make sparkling white coconut frosting to top it. Then she would cool the cake on a plain board with waxed paper thrown loosely on top ( loose enough I could stick a little finger in and sneak a taste ), out on the porch...leading to the outside. The porch was a small covered room. Very nice, too humid for me too, thanks as usual!! Gina

tina said...

It is SO sumptuous looking!

sweet bay said...

I know what you mean about the heat and humidity -- I hate it more with each passing year.

The cake looks wonderful. My husband would like that, coconut is one of his favorites.

The sunset and the vivid orange of Royal Poinciana against the dark gray of the skin are beautiful.

Becca's Dirt said...

Oh yummy yummy. I love coconut. Beautiful sky photo. Have a good weekend.

Ami said...

Reading your post always make my tummy tumbling. Yummy cake! That sunset picture is so gorgeous, so is the Royal Poinciana with dark sky. I agree that the rain is much needed here. A garden soaked in the rain looks so fresh. Have a great weekend!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Glad you are getting the rain you need. The garden seems to appreciate a good soaking by mother nature.
The cake looks delicious! What a great idea to cut the cake in half to make it layered!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Yummy Oatmeal cake. I love the photo of the tree in bloom with the cloudy sky behind. But nothing can compare to a sunset! Laura Ingalls Wilder had a wonderful view of life. Some might call it simplistic, but I like to think of it as honest.

lemonverbenalady said...

Beautiful sky and I think I gained 10 pounds back! Love the peaceful music! Have a great weekend, FlowerLady!

Gayle said...

I really love baking and haven't done any since the baskets I made for the teachers. Just doesn't seem to be time. The cake looks yummy and that tree is beautiful!

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm hoping to see the sky tomorrow! We've had so much rain. Your cake recipe looks yummy!

gld said...

The cake looks delicious. I am
saving the recipe. My MIL loves coconut. I think I will make it for her birthday this month. She will be 92 on June 30th.

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful job you are doing on your blog! It's a real treat.

Balisha said...

My mouth is watering. My Mom used to make a cake called Lazy Daisy cake. You broiled the coconut frosting after the cake was done. I love anything with coconut. Have a great weekend. Keep cool

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh boy, oatmeal cake. I have not baked one for years but I have the same recipe. A yummy moist cake. I have not tried the coconut frosting recipe before but I know I would love it. The problem is I am the only one around here who likes coconut. That is just not right LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.

Noelle said...

Oh, I just love coconut and oatmeal. I need to try this recipe. Like you, I am not spending too much time outside if I can help it. I love my AC this time of year :-)

Kit said...

So very pretty! I am looking forward to our sunsets, if the rains ever stop coming....LOL Pretty soon I will have a series of picts of my new shed from start to finish. Have a great week! Kit

Jeri Landers said...

Oh my gosh, that cake looks soooo good. But I am on a diet, so I will have to settle for a bowl of oatmeal with a spoon of sweet n low.... not quite the same is it?