Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cherry Red, White-ish and Blueberry Tiara Cake

A while ago I picked up a 68¢ Tiara cake pan at a thrift store. Immediately made a pound cake recipe and would have needed the jaws of life to get the cake out of the pan! Not what I had in mind. Ma had this pan so I asked what she used to grease it, she said Crisco (I used a cooking spray). Attempt #2 with Crisco turned out perfect-thanks Ma!
Seems the "instant pudding people" make vanilla a yellow color these days,
in holiday spirit let's just call it white for today:@)

Here's another great tip from Ma, if you need to cover a dessert and don't want the plastic wrap to touch it, just stick a couple of these toothpick umbrellas into the cake!
Who knew they were good for more than just cool drinks by the pool:@)
Adding a pic of the pan in case you have one and have been wondering what to make with it
since they don't sell the mixes any more...

Basic Flan-this is the original recipe that came with the pan thanks to Google
3/4 C sugar
1/4 C butter
3 egg yolks
1 1/4 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt-I cut back on this
1/2 C milk
1/2 tsp flavoring-I used vanilla
  1. Mix sugar, butter and egg yolks. 
  2. Add milk and the rest, mix well.
  3. Pour into a greased and floured pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, or until it springs back when touched.
  5. Cool in pan for about 5 minutes then turn out onto a serving plate.
  6. Cool completely.
Pudding Filling
Use your favorite instant pudding mix and use the "pie" directions. Pour into cake, chill until set.

Topping I fished the cherries out of a can of cherry pie filling and dropped a few blueberries in the center.
Keep covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Happy 4th of July everyone! 
Fire up the grill and let the feasting begin...
Eat much, stay safe and play nice:@)

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  1. Ummm ummm! The tiara cake looks perfect!! Happy 4th!!!!!

  2. Oh Happy July 4th to you!
    Your posts always make me smile!

  3. Happy 4th to my US blogging friend. What a great tip with the umbrellas. Toothpicks often are not good enough to keep the wrap off the food.

  4. This sounds like a fabulous 4th of July dessert. Actually it sounds perfectfor anytime of year. Have a great holiday. Blessings...Mary

  5. Now this dessert looks yummy! If I see one of those pans in the thrift I will get it for sure now. Love the little umbrella trick...cute! Happy 4th my friend! Hugs, Linda

  6. Beautiful cake, Lynn. I remember this pan, might have had it. Didn't know your family had a diner. No wonder you are always whipping up something good. Enjoy! xo

  7. your desserts are flat-out art!

  8. Happy 4th of July Lynn, I love your red, white and blue creation. I also believe that Crisco is the best for greasing a pan dependably. With a family diner in your family history, no wonder you love all things that can be eaten and enjoyed. Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  9. It looks beautiful and delicious. I always use the spray on mine, no problem.
    Happy 4th!

  10. Lynn, this just came out perfectly gorgeous! What a perfect dessert for today! Happy 4th!. P.S. Your coupon is in the mail!

  11. It is beautiful. I grease all my pond cakes with copious amounts of Crisco then dust with flour and I never have an issue with them. Mind you I only bake them at Christmas.

  12. What a beautiful dessert for the 4th! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful day.

  13. Hi Lynn,
    Good ole Crisco...never fails us. Your Ma was right.

    Hope you are having a wonderful 4th of July.


  14. Lynn, It's so lovely! You make the prettiest things for the holidays, Lynn. I'm inspired! Happy 4th of July to you and your family.
    xo Beth

  15. You are a wealth of information and your Mom is brilliant! I have seen those pans but never ticked one up for the very reason in your #1 example. Your cake turned out perfect and I will pick the tiara pan the next time I see one. - Love the umbrella hint from your mom...we've all been there with the failed efforts to keep the top of the cake pretty. Thanks MOM!

    Hope you are having a wonderful 4th! xo

  16. How beautiful it looks! I love your mom's idea about the umbrella picks! Thanks, Ma :)

  17. OH MY! I learned something today! I love the little umbrella tip for keeping the plastic wrap from messing up the top! How beautiful...and smart! Happy 4th!

  18. That is a gorgeous cake, and I do love that pan! I would enjoy a taste of that at a 4th of July celebration!

  19. Lynn, I love my flan pan! I usually make a cake mix (it makes 2 flan cakes), but your recipes looks so much better! I LOVE the clever idea of drink umbrellas making a nice safety zone between food and plastic wrap. I'll use this a lot! Great food and tips to bring to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  20. Beautiful for July 4...and a handy tip, too!

  21. Hi Lynn, This idea with the umbrellas is brilliant!! And it looks so pretty too. Tell your Mom "thanks" from the entire blog world! Linda

  22. What a great idea for the drink umbrellas! Thanks. I love your cake PLATE too!!! I will make this cake, it sounds fabulous!!! Hope you had a great 4th. XO, ,pinky

  23. I love your umbrella idea. I've used toothpicks, but if you aren't careful the plastic still falls. Those umbrellas look like they work much better. Hope you had a happy 4th. Love the last post with Earl too. Looks like he has quite the life!

  24. Lynn~ Chuckling over 'the jaws of life'~ good old Crisco! Your cake is beautiful and your drink umbrellas are a GREAT idea~ mom to the rescue again :)

  25. This is a great tip filled post. Thank you! I'm a Pam sprayer too so it's nice to know when good old Crisco is just the better choice. And I love the tip about the umbrellas. I happen to have a whole bag of them. What a great (and festive) idea.

  26. Your cake looks sooo pretty, Lynn! I've always used toothpicks to keep the plastic wrap off, but those little umbrellas look like they work so much better! Great tip and thanks for sharing that.

  27. I have one of those pans (picked up thrifting) that I've never used- thanks for the great idea! :)

  28. SO beautiful! I'm going to keep a lookout for one of those pans :)

  29. Such a pretty cake! And I know how you feel...when did everything stop being white?? :)

  30. I too like you just picked up a tiara dessert pan @ a thrift store this morning and am anxious to try. Thanks for the Crisco tip!


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