Wednesday, June 30, 2010


We spent a weekend in May at a friend's house.  We had a lovely time and came home with great memories from the Dads' and kid's camping trip and, as it turns out, cooking.

Olivia, my darling kitchen helper, has pleaded many times since to make the cake we enjoyed that weekend.  We eat a lot of desserts at our house, so for a new one to catch her attention is impressive.  Yesterday, I relented.  It is not a chocolate dessert, but I will say:  I'm completely smitten.

Olivia calls it Angel Cake. It was originally coined "Neiman Marcus Cake", because - yes, you guessed it -- it is so rich!  We all thought that was a bit cheesy, so hopefully the new name will stick (at least at our house).

Angel Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
4 eggs, divided
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted (liquified, not just soft)
1lb. pwdered sugar (see conversion post)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Blend cake mix with 2 eggs and melted butter.  Spread into a greased 9x13 pan. 

Combine cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar.  Mix well (beater works best) and spread over batter.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until firm.  Edges should be just golden. 

I enjoy it with a dollop of whipped cream on top.  Seriously, after you've used an entire pound of sugar in a recipe, what's the difference! 

It is indeed rich.  A decadent treat.  But when sharing good times with family and friends, it strike the perfect entertaining balance: easy and memorable!  

Thanks, Mel for the memories and the cake!

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