Monthly Archives: June 2014

It’s Aloha Friday

… no work til Monday!  Everybody go surf!

aloha friday, everybody go SURF!



Boomer Cake aka Prune Cake

boomer cake by joey

This cake is courtesy of my chefy-gal-pal Joey in Colorado. Both Joey and I are of the Baby Boomer Generation.  The back story to this cake is that every once in awhile, everyone needs a little “help” , especially as we get older.  This cake is a tasty way to get things moving along.  *wink*  I asked her if it would be okay if I shared this with the class, and she was cool, so here it is.

 Boomer Cake aka Prune Cake

2 C. Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

¼ tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Ground Nutmeg

1Tbsp. Ground Allspice

1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Dash of Chinese 5 Spice

1 ½ C. Sugar

½ C. Corn Oil

½ C. Olive Oil

3 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 C. Buttermilk

2 Tbsp. Triple Sec

1 ½ C. pitted Prunes, plumped and chopped

1 C. chopped Walnuts

Buttermilk Glaze:

1 C. Sugar

½ C. Buttermilk

¼ C. Butter

2 Tbsp. Honey

½ tsp. Baking Soda

½ tsp. Vanilla Extract

Whipped cream, optional

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Beat together sugar and oils. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir vanilla. Add sifted dry ingredients to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, a third at a time, blending well. Stir in prunes and nuts. Pour into a buttered springform pan. Bake in preheated 350⁰ oven 1 hour.

Fifteen minutes before cake is finished baking prepare glaze. In 3-quart saucepan over medium heat combine all glaze ingredients. Bring to a full boil, stirring frequently. Boil 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove cake from the oven once done and gently loosen side of springform pan. Pour glaze over hot cake. Let stand in the pan overnight. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

prune cake by joey

*Tip from the chef-

All of the glaze may not get absorbed by the cake, that’s okay.  When serving, spoon that yumminess over each slice as a sauce.



oops-edit- I totally am losing my mind now, I forgot to title this post …

In Our Recent Travels

I know that I haven’t been around for awhile, but we’ve been traveling again. It’s been a crazy, chaotic, frustrating, painful, frantic, GREAT TIME! So much has happened, but I wanted to post first about the one thing, well one of a couple of things truth be told, that made me the happiest.

My husband and I helped my Mother move back to her hometown of Reedley California. As a kid, Mom took us kids back there for our summer vacations, several times. A very fond memory that I have is going over to Hanford, to the Superior Dairy and having fresh Peach Ice Cream, all the while sitting at the lunch counter with pink leather swivel stools.

Well, I got to relive that memory with my Mother and husband. It was just as it was those many years ago as we walked in. We opted for a booth on this visit, also done up in pink leather.

Fresh Peach Ice Cream @ Superior Dairy in Hanford California

This is a SINGLE SCOOP! Mom and I shared it.

My husband wasn’t sure about ordering Peach Ice Cream, if it would be any good or if this was simply a distance memory we both had.

Chocolate Ice Cream @ Superior Dairy in Hanford California

He decided on chocolate instead.

Do I need to tell you that he wound up eating a goodly portion of our dish?