Test Kitchen #37 ~ The Non-Chocolate Edition

Our church eats together every Sunday after our worship service. Actually, I’d say that it’s a continuation of our worship as we feast on the bounty that God has blessed us with. The exception to our corporate meal is the first Sunday of the month when we try to gather in homes for smaller group fellowship. But trust me, smaller group does not equal a smaller feast! Today we had brisket, grilled chicken, fresh green beans, corn on the cob, three salads and three different desserts. It was good food and good friends all day.

Which is why I am sharing not one, but two recipes with you today. Neither of which I cooked but thoroughly enjoyed so much that I scraped my original post for this week just to share them with you. (And yes, I know I mentioned that there were three desserts and it may seem unfair that I am only sharing two of them but in my defense, Betty Jo is an amazing cook and I just about killed myself on her brisket and home grown green beans and I had no room left for even another bite of cake. It was, however, Rob’s favorite so I will be getting the recipe post haste and will actually bake it before I blog it on it’s own.)

Here is a smallish confession. I am not a big cake eater unless the word cheese is in front of the word cake. I love how they look and I am amazed at the beautiful cakes people can bake but normally I pass right by them and head straight for the pie or brownies. Oddly enough both of these recipes are cakes though. Really really good cakes.

This first recipe is for a coconut cake that is out of this world crazy good. If you or someone you love enjoys coconut then this is the recipe for you! Bonus is the recipe is found on a really great new to me blog called Family Favorite Recipes. I’m pretty sure that I will be visiting there more often now that they have been discovered.

The cake has a lovely texture and a delightful coconut flavor that is nicely balanced with a yummy cream cheese frosting. Toasted coconut adds a nice touch to the finished confection making it as pretty as it is tasty.

The other recipe is also from a new to me blog. A Cup of Jo seems to have a little bit of everything with some rather nifty photographs that catch the eye.  But the star shining so bright for me right now is the best ever buttermilk blueberry coffee cake. It is moist and delicious and is bursting with nutmeg and it also has a really good brown butter vanilla glaze drizzled on it. I’m giddy at the thought of the slice I have tucked away for tomorrow morning’s cup of coffee.

Since blueberries are a favorite this cake is definitely on my to make list. It will be a perfect addition to brunch or tea.

And, yes, for the record I did take pretty pictures of my friend’s food for this blog post. I did wait until my friend’s were gone which means only my neighbors got to wonder what craziness I was up to out on my front porch. Of course my neighbor’s might be used to it by now 🙂 

2 thoughts on “Test Kitchen #37 ~ The Non-Chocolate Edition

  1. They both look and sound delicious!Totally know what you mean about your neighbors. I know mine think I'm crazy lying down in my front yard with my camera all the time. 🙂


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