Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Grinch and EggNog Cake

Rather smart man...the Grinch! I think he was absolutely correct in that thinking! It's something we should all remember during the holidays. We all get so caught up in the hustle and bustle, shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking, more shopping, parties and even more shopping...whewwww by the time THE day arrives, we are worn out....and probably a lot less $$ in our pocketbooks! But the spirit of the season is giving .... so we give! And then we delight in the joy in the faces of those we give it comes full circle, bringing us joy as well.
I remember Christmas' of past when we were children...we gathered at my MawMaw's house, the excitement building all day. We would all groan because they made us sit down and eat before opening gifts...we were too excited to eat, but did as we were told. The gifts under the tree were overwhelming, and not a one of them had a name on them! MawMaw knew exactly which present belonged to who. We all got the normal socks, slippers, pj's etc, and of course a book of lifesavers! One year we each got a yard stick that had bubble gum all along one side...we thought we had struck gold!!! You see, we didn't have expensive extravagant gifts, but we were so blessed and felt so rich...
and we were rich, in love, in family, in togetherness and in faith!
That's what its all about!
 Things were so much simpler then.
Thank God for memories!
I hope the coming week brings you peace and you remember to slow down,
and remember the true meaning of



1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 cup eggnog
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon rum extract
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 cups flour
For the glaze
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons eggnog
dash of nutmeg
mini chocolate chips for garnish, if desired

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugars, oil, eggnog, eggs, and extract until well combined. Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, and flour. Slowly beat the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Do not over beat.
  2. Spray a 10 inch bundt pan with non stick baking spray. Gently spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes.
  3. Cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. If needed, level the bottom of the cake with a sharp knife before placing on a serving tray.
  4. Stir together the glaze ingredients. Spoon over the top slowly. Let set for a few minutes. Top with mini chocolate chips if desired. Cut into 14 slices.

YES...we also had one of these....