Fresh apple cake

Fresh Apple Cake
1 1/3 cups oil
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1 cup black walnuts, chopped
3 cups apples, peeled and diced
Non-dairy whipped topping, optional
Cream together oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add salt, baking soda, baking powder and flour; mix well. Stir in dates, walnuts and apples; mix well. Pour into greased 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake at 325 to 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool for 20 minutes in pan before removing.

Twinkle cake

Twinkle Cake
1 white cake mix with pudding
1 cup milk
5 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
Icing (see below)
Prepare and bake cake according to directions on package. Cool; slice in half. Meanwhile, cook milk and 5 tablespoons flour over low heat, stirring constantly; cool. Combine sugar, shortening, margarine, vanilla and salt; mix well. Beat together milk mixture and sugar mixture until light and fluffy. Spread between cut cake layers and on top layer.
Delicious Easy Icing
1 egg white
Pinch of salt
1 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
Bring corn syrup to a boil; remove from the heat. In second bowl, beat egg white with salt, slowly pouring in corn syrup while beating. Add vanilla. Fold until cool. Frost cooled cake.

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Strawberry rhubarb jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, crushed
1 1/2 cups finely diced fresh or frozen rhubarb
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
In a large kettle, combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar and pineapple. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Cool. Top with lids. Refrigerate or freeze.
Makes 5 1/2 cups.

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Cupid cakes

Cupid Cakes
1 (12 ounce) package pound cake
Raspberry or strawberry preserves
3 (16 ounce) cans frosting (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry)
Assorted Valentine candies
Using a serrated knife, slice pound cake horizontally into 3 equal layers (trim off rounded top). Separate layers. With 3 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 2 heart shapes from each layer. Spread preserves on top of 3 hearts. Cover with remaining 3 hearts. Decorate with frosting and candies. If desired, pipe your favorite frosting onto cakes.
Makes 3 cakes.

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Pesto

Pesto
1 cup tightly packed fresh basil or cilantro leaves
1 cup tightly packed fresh parsley leaves
1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor. Cover; process on high until pureed. Refrigerate for several weeks or freeze in a tightly covered container for up to 6 months.
Makes 3/4 cup.

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Autumn apple cake

Autumn Apple Cake
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups apples, diced
3/4 cup nuts, chopped
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In large bowl with mixer, beat oil and sugars for 6 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla; add flour mixture. Fold in apples and nuts. Pour into greased 9 inch tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

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mississippi mud sheet cake

Mississippi Mud Sheet Cake
1 stick butter
1/2 cup oil or lard
4 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup water
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
Frosting (see below)
In saucepan, combine butter, oil, cocoa, water and buttermilk; cook for 2 minutes. Add cocoa mixture to eggs, vanilla, baking soda, salt, sugar and flour. Pour into jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Frosting
1 stick butter
6 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 pound powdered sugar
Place butter, milk and cocoa in saucepan and cook for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar; stir well. Frost warm cake.

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