cherry cake

Cherry Cake
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup raisins
1 cup nut meats
1 quart Royal Ann cherries
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Cream together sugar and shortening; add eggs. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternately with milk. Add lemon extract. Stir in nuts and fruit. Pour into large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Kahlua cheese cake

Kahlua Cheese Cake
Chocolate Crumb Crust:
1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon sugar
Filling:
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup kahlua
2 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, cut into pieces
Whipped cream, optional
Chocolate leaves, optional
Combine all crust ingredients; press firmly into bottom of 9 inch springform pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan, over medium heat, melt chocolate with kahlua and butter; stir until smooth. Set aside. In bowl, combine eggs, sugar and salt. Add sour cream; blend well. Add cream cheese to egg mixture; beat until smooth. Gradually blend in chocolate mixture. Turn into prepared crust. Bake for 40 minutes, or until filling is barely set in center. Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Then refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Garnish if desired.
Makes 12 to 14 servings.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

chunky chocolate cupcakes

Chunky Chocolate Cupcakes
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
Creamy Orange Frosting (see below)
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into bowl. Combine eggs, oil, vanilla and milk in small bowl. Beat well. Combine egg mixture with dry ingredients; beat until blended. Stir in chocolate. Spoon batter into paper-lined 2 1/2 inch muffin-pan cups, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cupcakes test done. Remove from pans and cool on racks. Spread with Creamy Orange Frosting.
Creamy Orange Frosting
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
3 tablespoons soft butter or margarine
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons orange juice
Combine all ingredients; beat until smooth.
Makes 1 dozen.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

One bowl chocolate cake

One Bowl Chocolate Cake
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups water
In large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add remaining ingredients; beat well. Pour into ungreased 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Banana bonanzas

Banana Bonanzas
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole bran
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup walnuts, optional
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in bran. Combine egg, bananas, milk and oil. Add liquid ingredients all at once, stirring just until flour mixture is moistened. Fill well-greased muffin pans two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Coffee cake muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
Combine brown sugar, walnuts, flour, cinnamon and butter; set aside. Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Cut in shortening to resemble coarse crumbs. Combine egg and milk. Add all at once to flour mixture, stir just until moistened. Line muffin tins with paper cups. Spoon in small amount of batter. Top with layer of nut mixture. Repeat layers, filling two-thirds full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Chocolate chip surprise muffins

Chocolate Chip Surprise Muffins
1 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup apricot or peach preserves or apple jelly
Grease 12 muffin cups (2 3/4 inches in diameter). Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add egg, milk and oil; stir just until blended. Fill muffin cups one-fourth full. Add 1 teaspoon chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon preserves or jelly. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.

Virus-free. www.avg.com