[FHCx236] National Sponge Cake Day

Because “cake” wasn’t enough…


Sponge cake doesn’t exactly seem all that exciting. Buuuuut, it’s got some good history. Most cakes were yeasted throughout humankind’s baking. The first historical record of a non-yeast cake was in 1615 by a guy who wrote a book about how to be a good housewife (i.e., a book about recipes and remedies). Yeah. This guy. This book.

And to this day, sponge cake is confused with angel food cake or pound cake. Sponge cakes contain whole eggs, and the leavening only comes from the egg whites. Chiffon cakes don’t have the egg whites beaten separately and employ a bunch of oil. Angel food cakes have only the egg whites and a higher proportion of egg white to flour.

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Thanks, Mrs. Freshley!

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But you’ve gotta dress it up. SP‘s sponge cake with reddi wip, raspberries and bananas, topped with a bit of hot fudge.

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AK‘s sponge cake with… well… stuff on it. I guess.

Tomorrow is National Waffle Day and National Peach Pie Day!


[FHCx224] National Raspberry Tart Day

Can we pledge to be done with raspberries for a while?


We’ve talked about raspberries enough. They’re a good fruit and they mean well. When seedless, they are a popcorn-level fruity treat. Goes great with desserts. Like this one, thanks to HyVee!

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Tomorrow is National Julienne Fries Day!


[FHCx220] National Raspberries ‘n’ Cream Day

Had enough of raspberries?


[Fruit] and cream has been done before. Twice this year. And raspberries have been featured here, here, and here, with another raspberry day coming this Thursday. So now we put raspberries in cream.

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n cream

Tomorrow is National Zucchini Day and National Frozen Custard Day!


[FHCx214] National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Raspberries again?


Now this one SP can handle. He and SPom used to make these yogurt/jell-o pies quite a bit back when he lived with the SParents. It’s simple and really fun and light.

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Cool Whip Free is awesome. Yoplait Light Red Raspberry, and a sugar free raspberry Jell-O.

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Use the whole pack of Jell-O but with only a quarter cup of boiling water. Mix it reeeeally good.

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Add in the yogurt and 3/4 of the Cool Whip tub.

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Normally we would use one graham cracker crust, but these looked too cute not to try.

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Fill each with the goo.

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Plop a raspberry on top and refrigerate for a couple hours until they’re set.

Very tasty and refreshing! Go try it for yourself. It works for lots of flavors, too. We’ve tried Strawberry, Key Lime, and a bunch of others. Really, it depends on what Jell-O you can match with a yogurt!

Tomorrow is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!


[FHCx213] National Raspberry Cake Day/National Jump for Jelly Beans Day

Blow a raspberry at someone!


Jump for Jelly Beans day is NOT Jelly Beans Day. Been there, done that. Instead, today celebrates the acting of jumping for said beans. Why? Enthusiastic leaping is just something that needs to be done. If SPAK were to invent a few holidays in this vein, only to revisit foods we love, we might include

  • Squeal for Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Making Wild Hand Gestures for Spaghetti Day
  • Do a Backflip for Baked Alaska Day

or other obnoxious titles. Still, we force ourselves to continue on the tradition of food holidays so… SP put the jelly beans on the top shelf of the cabinet.

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We jumped. Yay.

AK had a recipe handed off to her from cousin SPamy for a raspberry cake. Essentially, you take a white cake mix and infuse some frozen raspberries into it, making it very pink.

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Ooooooooooh hurts your retinas, don’t it?

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The frosting is a bit of Cool Whip and some of the raspberry sauce we froze a few months ago

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Overall, pretty good. Could be better, but we did what we had to. We’ll try again tomorrow for National Raspberry Cream Pie Day! Somebody needs to use up their raspberries we guess…


[FHCx160] National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

Jelly blobs!


As everyone we talked to was excited to celebrate donut day last Friday, we imagined that people would similarly get excited about jelly-filled donuts. Well, as it turns out, as you get more into niche kinds of donuts, people are less pumped up. And if you’re like AK you prefer the donut to the jelly. In fact, her inexperience with jelly-filled donuts was apparent when we went to pick out a donut at the grocery store and SP could immediately tell which donuts were filled with custard, raspberry, and lemon, without a sign or anything. He’s magic.

For this outing, we picked raspberry.

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So good. By the way, if you aren’t cutting it open… pro-tip: your first bite should be at the jelly-injection location.

Tomorrow is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day!


[FHCx124] National Chocolate Custard Day/National Raspberry Popover Day

Chocolate and framboise…


It’s also National Teacher Appreciation Day. We appreciate SP and the work he does, as well as the many many other teachers out there who are breaking their backs to help serve the public. We salute you! And we will celebrate by eating some food.

When we think custard, we think Frozen Custard. And when we think Frozen Custard, SP immediately interrupts the conversation and talks about how Bobby’s is the greatest thing on the planet and nothing can even come close. (I’m looking at you, Ted Drewes, he says.) Unfortunately, Bobby’s is about 9 hours away from here. So instead we go to the Midwestern chain favorite, Culver’s.

A dish with one scoop (approximately 5 fl. oz.) of chocolate frozen custard is 280 calories. For the equivalent, you could eat over a half pound of tuna. You choose what’s worthy of you.

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AK went the cake cone route.

Good stuff! But that wasn’t dessert enough for us. We had a light dinner (can you believe we are saying this) at Chipotle thanks to their Teacher Appreciation Day special, so we saved up our points for the day for some custard and some raspberry popovers. We used essentially the same recipe as Blueberry Popovers Day, but with raspberries!

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1 cup skim milk, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla

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Mix in 1 cup of flour

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Some of these used a spray, some of these used actual melted butter to act as a greasing agent.

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Put some raspberries in…

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1 Tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon

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Sprinkle that stuff on the top of each.

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Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes and boom! Raspberry popovers.

If SP were a smarter, more patient man, he could have strung together a nice time lapse of the popping over. That’s ok. The taste was good. Leftovers for the masses!

Tomorrow is National Orange Juice Day and National Candied Orange Peel Day.