Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fuzzy Navel Cake

I got this recipe from my mother-in-law back when KJ and I started dating. She had baked it for a get-together one evening, and after I tried one bite, I was in heaven! It was so moist and peachy. Earlier this week I baked one to share with my BFF, but I was so stingy that I only gave her half! I took the other half with me to my parents' house where I was going to be staying that night. I had it planned that I'd give them a sliver after dinner, then save the rest to eat while I watched Real Housewives of New Jersey. But, my brother showed up to eat supper too and helped himself to my cake. So, I guess I'll have to make one for myself next week.
The funny thing about this recipe is that it calls for peach Schnapps. I don't touch alcohol in any form, ever. EVER. It's not a judgment I have against others, but just my own personal conviction. So, the first time I baked this, I was too embarrassed to buy the liquor to go in it that I had to have KJ buy it for me. I'm still using the bottle from, like, 3 years ago. I'm such a weinie. Normally, I just leave out the liquor in recipes or substitute them, but this just tastes so good with it that I don't want to mess it up.
Fuzzy Navel Cake
Liquid Mixture:
1 16-oz. can of peaches, undrained
1/2 c. peach schnapps
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. orange juice (I squeeze it fresh)
Cake Batter:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
2/3 c. oil
4 eggs
Combine the liquid mixture and refrigerate overnight. (Sometimes I forget to do this part and just pretend I didn't, and the cake still turns out good.)
The next day, preheat your oven to 350. Stir up the liquid mixture and reserve 1 cup. (The sugar tends to settle on the bottom, so stir it up good.) Remove the peaches from the liquid and puree them. Prepare the cake batter. Add the pureed peaches to the cake batter. Add the 1 cup of reserved juice. Mix it up good. The batter will be thick. Bake for about 40 minutes or until done.
I meant to make a simple glaze with some of the remaining liquid mixture and some powdered sugar, but just forgot. You don't need it, but I was curious what it might taste like.

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