If you find yourself in need of a cake recipe for the holidays, try Sunbonnet Cake from my book, A Wedding for Julia!
A Wedding for Julia centers around the story of an Amish woman who dreams of opening her own café. What fun! Wouldn’t we all like to be paid to cook?
The more I researched restaurants, the more I realized owning one would be a lot of work! There’s all those permits you have to apply for, and then there’s the constant cooking.
Hungry people wait at your door every day, or at least that’s the goal. No sending them out for pizza. Keep cooking!
There have been times when I felt like I was running a restaurant. When my college-aged son moved home after receiving his degree, I felt like I was running a café at a university. He could eat at the strangest hours!
Researching recipes was one of the best parts of this book. What would I cook if I did open a café? If I were Amish, what dishes would I want to share? They’d need to be wholesome, made from fresh foods, and appetizing. Yummy!
Today I thought I’d share with you one of the recipes included in the back of my book. I hope you’ll give it a try. I did, and if I can cook it, anyone can. Feel free to replace half the butter with natural applesauce or fresh banana. Reduce the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2 and season with cinnamon or vanilla extract instead. Substitute skim milk for the whole milk. And by all means, let me know what you think after you’ve baked and tasted your creation.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup milk or water
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon rind, grated
- 4 egg whites, beaten
- Cream together the butter and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with the water or milk.
- Then add to the butter-and-sugar mixture.
- Stir in the flour, baking powder, and grated lemon rind.
- Then fold in the beaten egg whites.
- Pour into a greased and floured Bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Enjoy!
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
Her latest novel, Anna’s Healing, is now available!