Saturday, October 9, 2010
Let Them Eat Cake
By Orlando Erwin as told to Denise Swanson
Hi! My name is Orlando Erwin and my wife and I have recently moved to Scumble River and opened Tales and Treats. My wife handles the bookstore side of the business and I handle the café. We decided to settle in Scumble River because an old army buddy of mine lives here. He and I went through a lot while we were in Vietnam together, but we’re going through even more now.
I was really shocked that some of the townspeople objected to our business. Who in their right mind doesn’t want a wonderful bookstore and terrific café in their community? Well, as it turns out, more than you would ever think. But what I really found unbelievable was that someone would commit murder to get rid of us. Or was that their real motive? I sure don’t know.
Still, there are some nice people around here. Skye Denison and her fiancé Police Chief Boyd seem to be trying their darnedest to find the killer. Skye’s friend Trixie is also a real sweetie and she just loves my butter pecan cake with penuche icing. And although I usually don’t share my recipes, I promised it to Trixie, so here it is:
3 tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup softened butter
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Melt 3 tbsp. butter and stir in pecans. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Cool.
Cream 2/3 cup butter; gradually add sugar and beat until and sugar is dissolved and light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, but beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla and pecans.
Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 " cake pans. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Watch carefully as this cake over bakes easily. Cool layers in pans 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
In a 2 qt saucepan melt butter, then added brown sugar. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, and boil for 2 minutes. Stir in milk. Bring back to boil stirring constantly. Cool for 20 minutes. By hand, beat in powdered sugar, a little at a time. Add vanilla. Frost cake immediately.
---Murder of a Bookstore Babe, Orlando’s adventure, will be out March 1, 2011