Delicious Cake – A cake that lives up to it’s name!

This cake is so delicious, it’s called Delicious Cake!! Miss Party’s Grandma, Great Grandma, and Great, Great Grandma were amazing country cooks. They often used this rustic cake recipe for family gatherings over the last 100 years. The cake recipe was requested for family birthdays, dressed up as Coconut Cake at Easter, and later in the Spring, drizzled with fresh raspberry or strawberry sauce and homemade whipped cream as a berry shortcake. Yum!

Miss Party has often used this cake recipe for dessert at large parties as a base for a MYO shortcake station. She most recently had servers cut the cake into 2 inch cubes and prep the cubes into high quality plastic drinking tumblers for walkaway sundaes. She had a bowl of mixed berry sauce, a bowl of sliced fresh berries and a bowl of freshly whipped cream. Yes, it was a hit on a summer afternoon!

37 Pine Street, Nantucket

Delicious Cake:

2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup milk
2 tsps vanilla
4 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter.

2) Add wet ingredients. With mixer on med-high speed, beat well for 2 minutes, or hand-beat for 150-200 strokes.

3) Pour batter into a 9×13 oven to table baking dish for 30-35 minutes. If you prefer a layer cake to a sheet cake, split the batter into 2 round or square pans.

4) Cool cake completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, frost with icing or leave plain for shortcake. Cover dish with plastic wrap.

When ready to serve, slice three rows lengthwise and then gauge the thickness of your slices by how many you need to serve. 1 1/2-2 ” slices would be adequate, or cut into squares if preferred.

Miss Party’s misadventures in entertaining overnight visitors! Part 3 – Updating/Redecorating

Here’s this week’s latest ‘going’s on’ with the updating and redecorating of Miss Party’s guest suite. As you’ll see there’s been quite a bit of buying going on this week. Some things work out, lots of others don’t. Such is the way of these sorts of projects.

Purple Martin Birdhouse in SpringtimeThe floors are scheduled to be refinished at the end of this week, Miss Party has the room down to the bare bones but still has a couple of days of packing and moving furniture out. Furniture can’t be put back into place until 4 days AFTER the last poly coat has been put on, so around 7th of March. The window treatments should be installed around the 10th. Miss Party never thought she’d still be fooling around with this project in March (and even April for one last piece), but when one thing leads to another and another and another, that’s what you get…when you “give a mouse a cookie!”

Since, Miss Party is sort of in limbo for a few weeks, she decided it was a good time to get shopping for a few furniture pieces and other decor items that would be strong ‘maybe’s’. Then, when she is able to really decorate the room, she’ll be ready to go. Finding good stuff takes time!

– Ordered a slipcovered upholstered headboard for the queen bed, the slipcover will be ecru tweed (So cool to have a slipcover that can be machine washed or changed periodically!), slipcover won’t arrive until end of April, though. ;(
– Ordered Hunter-Douglas Vignette Roman Shades in a nubby white linen, with light blocking fabric for both windows.
– Purchased an awesome acrylic waterfall console table to use as a slim desk under the window – ‘Peekaboo’ line on
– Scored big at Home Goods on a beautiful 4×6 lambswool rug (I’ve never seen this large a size at Home Goods before!).
– Bought a 5×7 gray/ivory white zigzag wool rug on sale.
– Found an adorable gray/white bone inlay nightstand for left side of bed to balance the whitewashed pine nightstand on the other side.
– Tracked down 2 beautiful, matching Robert Abbey, stacked-crystal, bedside lamps with square, white shades.
– Found an inexpensive but cute, green-gray velvet, tufted bench with modern acrylic legs to put at the end of the bed.
– Found some super-practical, collapsible, fabric open containers at Home Goods. Large one for guests to store bed pillows or used towels, etc., and small containers for each person’s toiletries.
– Ordered a practical triple chrome hook for the back of the bedroom door.
– Purchased under-bed boxes to store daughters extra shoes, sandals and boots out of sight.

Miss Party shopped her own home for a dark teal blue garden seat which looks quite chic under the acrylic desk, confiscated several large white ceramic urns and decorative items to put on top of the whitewashed pine armoire, and dug out a yellow cashmere throw and pillow from storage to put on the white club chair.

Today it’s time to pack up a big bookcase and bedroom closet from the second floor landing and guest room. It seems like this project that was only supposed to take a few weeks, is now pushing into spring and will never be through. Are you in the middle of a home project that was supposed to be quick, but grown exponentially? Please share, she doesn’t want to be alone on Redeco Island!

Gotta get crackin’…oops, packin’! ;)

(If you could use a little help to get started, check out Miss Party’s checklist to help you get your guest room whipped into shape and another list of ‘to do’s’ when you have guests arriving for a visit. You can find them up at the top of the blog, hover over ‘THE PERFECT GUEST ROOM’ for the pull-down menu.)

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