Keeping Cake

Keeping Cake
Great gift idea.

I came across this recipe in one of those fun coffee break moments at work when everyone is escaping tasks and chores for a few moments and recycling their brains with some chatter about home.  I have used the recipe a few times, mostly around the holidays,  and I have found the assertion that it “keeps” for a lengthy period of time to be absolutely true.  In fact, as difficult as it may be to believe, it improves with age (as most women do, of course).

Keeping Cake
  • 3 cups cranberries, rinsed and divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon orange peel
  • 2-1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups cranberries, sugar and orange peel.
  3. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until berries pop and mixtures thicken (about 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Chop remaining cranberries and add to the cranberry mixture.
  6. Cool
  7. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
  8. In another bowl beat eggs with sour cream.
  9. Stir egg mixture into dry mixture.
  10. Stir in butter, cranberry mixture and pecans.
  11. Pour into two greased and floured 8X4 inch loaf pans and bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool the cakes in the pans 10 minutes before removing from pans and cooling completely on wire racks.
  13. Wrap cakes in aluminum foil and allow to age 1 week.
  14. The flavor will continue to improve over several weeks.
  15. The cakes will keep up to 3 months in a cool, dry place.


Keeping Cake
Tastes great with fresh brewed coffee.

FREEZE ME — Freezes gracefully and when defrosted tastes great.  Freezing prolongs the “keeping”

This is a perfect recipe for GIFTS!

Refill my coffee, please…..DebraJ.

I have not received any compensation or free gifts for creating this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

With Soup the Heart Grows Fonder – Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Hubby

I think the men have it a lot easier when it comes to gifts for Valentine’s Day because, let’s face it, the female recipients are a LOT easier to buy for when it comes to a simple little “pretend” holiday like V-Day.

Valentine’s Day is a little tricky when it comes to buying gifts for men.  They aren’t usually quite as touched by flowers or chocolate, or something that smells good.  So what’s a girl to do to show her affection for that special guy?

This year I decided to go with true practicality.  Dear Hubby loves soup, and if we have it around the house he will eat every can, every day, until it is gone.  For that reason, I don’t buy it very much to avoid all the negative things that come  with eating canned food every day.


So this year, I bought him soup.  Yes, that’s right,  soup.  You’ll notice that I did select one of the healthier varieties – Progresso LIGHT.

I also hopped into Dollar Tree to pick up some snazzy decorations to make a pretty presentation.

So, with something in my imagination (which doesn’t always work!), I proceed.


I chose a transparent red bag type wrap (the kind you use to wrap gift baskets) and a heart-shaped mini-balloon and some pretty curly bows.  Okay – the bows are more for me than him since he won’t even notice, but they make me happy.

I realized that I couldn’t just place the cans of soup into the bag as they were or it would look like a sack of soup.  So, I used a piece of cardboard cut a size large enough so that I could sit the four cans of soup in a square.


After that I just bunched up the bag, inserted the balloon on a stick and wrapped the twisty tie around the top.  Oh — and I placed the beautiful bows on, too.


Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear!


NOTE:  I did not receive any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions were my own.