Eggnog Cake and Frosting

  I have stumbled upon some fascinating things in the past few months. First an Eggnog Cake and Second an old word that stirs up memories of sweet times gone by.
Today I'm going to share an Easy Eggnog Cake and frosting Picked as one of the favorite cakes by Ann Pillsbury.
Now I have a word to add to my vocabulary. Entremets, it means between dishes, it origin is French. Centuries ago people used to have sweets or vegetable refreshments between dishes or entre's. They'd also have festive entertainments like dancers, music, jesters or other performers. When I learned this word's meaning it took my mind back to when our children were very young. We'd plan  to put on skits in the living room or sing carols and recite poetry. Often times they'd make decorated invitations, just to make the event official:). These are memories I cherish. Memories, that keep in mind that even when life isn't perfect i.e. going the way expected (who's life is?) Still there is always something to be grateful for.  Hopefully, in your day you will take the time to look for what is going well or some good came out of your day...and maybe, I hope you will this get to make this cake.

"Easy Eggnog Cake"

10 in. Tube/Bunt pan
mixing bowl,
 or Mixer

1 box of yellow cake mix
1 small box of vanilla pudding(eggnog if you can find it)
1 c. of eggnog
4 eggs
1 chopped pecans
a few whole pecans and candied cherries, for decoration (optional)

Blend all ingredients except the pecans in a mixing bowl. Beat with mixture at medium speed for 5 min. Brush pan with oil and sprinkle pecans in the bottom. Pour in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 60 min(depending on your oven.) Check for doneness by inserting a skewer.
Invert the cake for 30 min and remove from the pan and Frost with Eggnog Frosting below.

Eggnog Frosting

1/4 c. eggnog
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 c. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

Heat the eggnog and butter, then beat in the confectioners sugar and vanilla. Beat until it is a smooth and spreadable consistency, that you desire. Decorate the Easy Eggnog Cake and place pecan and cherries or other candied fruit. 


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