If baking is any labor at all, it’s a labor of love. A love that gets passed from generation to generation. ~ Regina Brett
A mixer is worth a thousand words? What is this crazy lady talking about now? A kitchen mixer – that’s what I’m talking about. A question was posed to me about mixer-related childhood memories, and as odd as it sounds, there is some nostalgia there. Weird right? Let me tell you why…
When my sister and I were younger, my mom was a single mom most of the time. She worked hard and she worked a lot. Now she cooked, don’t get me wrong, but a lot of the time is was convenience foods, one dish combos or something of the sort. There’s nothing wrong with that, it was great for our situation and my sister and I were happy and well fed. There just wasn’t a ton of “from scratch” stuff going on in the kitchen on a daily basis. Every now and then though, we’d see that mixer come out and we knew we were in for a treat!
One of my very favorite treats that my mom would whip up is an Apricot Nectar Cake. She usually saved these for my birthday and very special occasions. I just remember not so patiently waiting to lick the beaters when she was done with the mixer. (That’s still my favorite part and I still request an Apricot Nectar Cake every single year for my birthday!)
So that my friends, is why I have such fond memories of a kitchen mixer. It’s amazing now that I take a moment to reflect, how important a role a kitchen appliance can play in a child’s life. I will definitely be sharing the Apricot Nectar Cake recipe with my daughter and hopefully when she is older, a simple mixer will remind her of love and family too.
In the meantime, since my daughter is only 2.5 and loves to eat cake, but is not quite ready to use any mixers on her own, I’m going to share this amazing recipe with all of you – let me know what you think! Also, I’d like to thank PartSelect for giving me this food for thought and asking me a random question about a mixer — I may have never realized the importance otherwise! Now for the cake…
Apricot Nectar Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix 4 eggs
1/3 cup white sugar 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
½ cup vegetable oil 2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup apricot nectar
- Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt cake pan & preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C)
- Combine cake mix, sugar, vegetable oil and apricot nectar. Mix until combined (about 2 min). Add eggs once at a time beating each for about 30 seconds before adding the next. Pour batter into bundt pan.
- Bake 50-60 minutes (until you can poke a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean). Cool for at least 10 minutes before turning cake out on to a plate.
- In a small bowl, mix your lemon juice with confectioners’ sugar and drizzle glaze over top and sides of cake.