Pat’s Louisiana Stranger Cake!
My dear readers, let me introduce you to my early morning singing buddy….Pat!
This is Pat and one of her creations with a blue ribbon!
Pat and I used to work together…she, for TWA/American Airlines and I, for Boeing… and we used to arrive at work very, very early in the morning, because we were both diligent and dedicated and, and, and, well, maybe we were just plain goofy.
And in those very early morning hours, we would sing songs that echoed down the empty quarter of a mile long hallway. (not an exaggeration folks….. and of course my office was at the very end of that long hallway…Pat’s office was back up the hall about a third of the way from the end)
Pat and I have kept in touch, even though she left the airline long before I left Boeing. She has kept busy working with stained glass (more on that in a later post,… I will show you some pics of her beautiful work) AND Pat has put her culinary baking skills to work. She has won ribbons for her baked goodies and several businesses call upon her to bake cakes and cupcakes, etc for different events.
Today, I want to talk to you about Pat’s Louisiana Stranger Cake. She asked me if I had heard of this cake and I had to admit that I had not. Pat’s words to me were “Ya gotta make it…it is so moist and delish and fool-proof”
You see, this cake is made with a cake mix, eggs, oil, water and …wait for it…canned frosting! Not frosting on the cake, altho one could frost it…but in the batter. AND, Pat says you must use a bundt pan!
So, I checked my pantry for a cake mix and found one that I had gotten on sale (marked down twice)…. around thanksgiving.
It was a blue raspberry cake….apparently no one else wanted this mix, so the supermarket marked it down twice and the only canned frosting I had on hand was a vanilla! I’m not sure these two go together, but, since Pat said any cake mix would do…I forged ahead.
Apparently, blue and white make green???… because that is the color the cake turned out…I would not call it a pretty cake because of the mix and frosting I used….but it certainly had a moistness and flavor.
The Captain really liked it…. except for the color! I am sure a white cake mix would have been a better combination with the vanilla frosting. I believe the blue cake mix would have been perfect for a “Frozen” themed party cake!
However, I would suggest you stick to Pat’s recipe with the spice cake mix and maple frosting!
You will find Pat’s recipe below….in a handy dandy printable….and a pic of her Louisiana Stranger Cake.
Oh, and just as an FYI…..you may have noticed my electric mixer on a pull out shelf in the pic above.
A little over 2 years ago the Captain re-designed my kitchen cabinets by installing pull out and roll out shelves! There is not a day that goes by that I don’t silently (and sometimes out loud) thank him for the convenience of these shelves that pull out with only one finger….especially my electric mixer shelf. Love it! Love it! Love it!….My green artisan Kitchen Aid mixer is on a shelf that pulls out and up to counter height and my heavy duty red Kitchen Aid is more conventional and sits on a rolling table in my dish pantry. If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you know how heavy they can be to move around. Both of mine are now easily accessible and I never have to lift or move these heavy mixers. I highly recommend this shelf if you have a space for it.
Just sayin’ !!! If you missed the post on all the roll out shelves in my kitchen cabinets….just click on the following link.
Those shelves have made my life so much easier….plus, I know where everything is.
Sorry, I digress a bit….lets talk about this cake.
Have any of you heard of Louisiana Stranger Cake?
I did a bit of research and found that the few recipes I saw… called for butter pecan cake mix or a yellow cake mix and coconut pecan or maple frosting. However, Pat’s recipe, using a spice cake mix and maple frosting sounds pretty good to me. I will try that one after I do some grocery shopping! As far as the Louisiana stranger part of the name of this recipe….nothing! Perhaps one tossed the frosting and cake mix together accidentally when a stranger came to the door in Louisiana? OK…sorry about that reference.
Hugs and thanks Pat! Perhaps we could sing….”if I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake”….;)
More to come on Pat’s other hobby…stained glass.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
- 1-spice cake mix
- 1- tub of maple frosting
- 1/2 c oil
- 1-c water
- Throw the whole thing in the mixer and let it go.
- Pour it into a bundt cake pan and bake it @ 375* for 45 mins.
- Let it cool, turn it out and dust it with powdered sugar.
- Pat says: I've tried it as a lemon cake, caramel apple cake, chocolate cake, and a spice cake.
- You gotta try this. It stays moist FOREVER!!