So as I finally made it to the beach the other day, and it was a beauty of a day, warm Santa Anas blownin’ a sweetness thru my hair and across my face, I decided to walk up to the Urth Caffé, my favorite coffeehouse in all of L.A., w/ not just fabulous organic coffee and pastry, but the best (voted best by me and everyone I know) house salad in town and delicious sandwiches as well. I turned the corner onto Main Street and as usual was sidetracked into a groovy Oriental shop, where I found, tried on and decided to wear over my swim suit out of the store, a cute little hippie dress (for $15 dollars I might add — the lady wanted $19 but you know who wasn’t havin’ any of that, since I wanted to be able to buy the cool leather and rhinestone hair clip that matched to a T, so we haggled a little, and of course I won!!!)
I got my Strong Italian Wet Cappuccino, double of course, and headed to the sand and the gorgeous ocean that lay ahead of me, when I was suddenly catapulted back in time by a poster in the window of a funky cottage on the way. I’m sure a lot of you (my age and older) will remember this image as well as I do.  It lived in a succession of my childhood bedrooms, and even came across country with me on some of the many “hippie VW van trips”, I held it in high esteem then as I do now, and it reminded me, unfortunately, that we are in a similar position politically as we were then.

I kept heading toward the sea, memories of growing up in the sun and sand swirling thru my mind, and as my bare toes hit the hot sand, I felt the peace and calm that only these surroundings can bring on for me, which enveloped me and have stayed with me all week, and which brought this cake to life. Those feelings — and watching our President give yet anther speech on health care reform and watching his hair turn grey while he did so — made me long for brighter days. With the water touching my toes and the glint of sunlight reflecting off the beautiful Pacific, I knew that things were different back when this poster made its way onto my wall so many years ago — not better, but different…. and the memories according to whoever is remembering them, are of course different as well. Peace to all of you… and remember, “war is not healthy for children and other living things.”

 

 

 

Sour Cream Cake:


Have all refrigerated ingredients at room temperature to start.
Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Grease and flour lightly two 8″-9″ inch cake pans.
Mix and set aside:
1 3/4 cake flour, sifted with
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
In another bowl,
5 TBLS. unsalted butter
1/2 cup Splenda 
1/2 cup extra fine sugar
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Mix until blended and add
1 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
Mix well.
In another bowl with clean mixer paddles beat 2 egg whites until soft peaks form.
Blend Four mixture and Butter mixture by adding flour in, half at a time, and and mix until blended.
Fold the egg whites into the batter. [Folding means to very gently bring the mixture up from the bottom and folding it over the top.]
Spread the batter evenly in the pans, and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Remove; allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn out onto lightly oiled racks to cool completely.
Put one cake top side down on a cake plate and spread with Strawberry Jam (not quite to the edges). Place the other cake on top, top side down as the bottom of a cake is easier to frost for some reason!
Spread with:

 

Cream Cheese Frosting:


Blend with a hand held mixer until creamy:
1 stick unsalted butter softened
1 12 oz package Low fat Cream Cheese, softened
Add:
1 box or 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 3/4 tsp vanilla
Blend until smooth and creamy, then frost cake by spreading with a spatula
Decorate w/ Sliced Strawberries and Blueberries in the shape of a peace sign and give a PEACE to someone you love, or someone you don’t even know, for that matter.
Fill a pastry bag with frosting and add stars of frosting with a star tip, to help hold the fruit in place, and add to the American flag theme.

And as always, Enjoy!!!
Peace be with you all!!!
LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, COOK!!!


© 2010 Jennifer Green Alger