Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

A Blog of Recipes We Love and Enjoy!

Gluten Free Pound Cake May 21, 2017

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 10:07 pm

Hi readers!
Last Friday, 19 May 2017 marked the fifth year of the blog. I can’t believe it! Thank you for sticking with us; since we do not post regularly, it’s so nice to see you come back and share/like our posts.
Last month, I announced my upcoming novel; it is still in the final stages so here is a peak at what it’s about.
“When a doctor and nurse are kidnapped during an Ebola epidemic in Liberia, more than their well-being will be threatened when their past and secrets must come out.”
Keep an eye on my Facebook page for more upcoming information about the book. The page is: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMacyLewis.
The recipe for this month is from my friend Mikelle, it is a delicious and easy pound cake! I made it for Mother’s Day dessert and served it with strawberries and whipped cream. It was delicious! I omitted the almond extract because my niece has a nut allergy and added a little more vanilla extract; making the cake gluten free is very easy.
I hope you give this cake a try!
Pound Cake Recipe


2 c. Butter (4 sticks)

3 c. Sugar

6 eggs

1 Tsp. almond extract

1/2 Tsp vanilla

1/2 Tsp baking soda

3 c. flour (gluten free)

1 c. Sour cream

Directions:

Mix everything in a large bowl.

Bake at 350 for one hour in a greased bunt pan 🙂

You can also cut up strawberries and put whipping cream and strawberries on top!

Only let the cake cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes, or it may not come out very easily.
Enjoy!

 

Andes Mint Cookies March 4, 2017

Filed under: Cakes,Cookies,Gluten Free — lewissisters @ 11:55 pm

Hi guys!
This recipe comes from the same cookie bake off I told you about in January. See the following link: https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/chocolate-crackle-cookies/ 
I made these cookies today; they are fast to throw together and a hit! I love the frosting from the Andes Mints; the mints make the cookies so tasty! Don’t leave the cookies on your cookie sheet for a long time because they will be harder to take off, even if your cookie sheet is greased. Take your cookies off the cookie sheet and then add the mint on top.
Give these cookies a try, you will love them!
Andes Mint Cookies


1 package Devil’s Food cake mix (gluten free)
2 eggs
½ cup oil
1 cup chocolate chips
1 package Andes mints
Mix together first three ingredients, then add chocolate chips.
Drop onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies may not look done, but do not overbake.
Place one Andes mint on top of each cookie. Let it melt and then swirl it around with a knife to frost.
Allow cookies to cool and chocolate to set before serving.
Enjoy!

 

Luau Cake September 1, 2016

Filed under: Cakes,Dessert,Make Ahead Meals — lewissisters @ 9:45 pm

Hi!This month’s recipe is the cake we made for my niece’s birthday party last month. The theme of her party was luau, so my sister wanted to make a festive two layer cake (using four cakes in all) and keep the flavors really simple. To go along with the cake we had mixed fruit, a veggie tray and some chips. Our family enjoyed chatting with each other and watching my niece have fun with her new gifts; as well as, playing with her siblings and cousins.

This is our own recipe. We hope you like this colorful cake; have fun creating your own version!

 

Lewissisters Luau Cake!

 

1 yellow or white cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 chocolate cake mix (regular or gluten free)

1 small box of chocolate pudding

1 small box of lemon pudding

Butter cream Frosting: (double the recipe for this cake)

1 stick butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsps milk, or more if needed

Food coloring, if desired

 

Directions for the cakes and puddings:

1. Grease a round 9 inch cake pan for the bottom cake and an 8 inch cake pan, trimming sides of the cake, (or a smaller cake pan) for the top cake.

2. Split your cake batters in half so you will have two chocolate and two white/yellow cakes.

3. Make the chocolate and white/yellow cake mixes according to the instructions on the boxes. Once the cakes are done baking, let them cool to room temperature.

4. In separate bowls, make the chocolate and lemon puddings according to the instructions on the boxes and set aside to thicken, about five minutes.

 

Butter cream Frosting:

1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed until it is light and fluffy.

2. Add the vanilla extract; then slowly add the powdered sugar, with the mixer on low speed.

3. Add the milk and mix; followed by food coloring, if desired.

4. Then, mix the heck out of the frosting until it is the consistency and color you would like it to be. (If it is too runny, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, add more milk).

 

Assembling the cake:

1. On a serving plate, put one layer of the bigger cake down. (We used chocolate cake for the bottom layer).

2. Spread the chocolate pudding on top of the cake.

3. Add the second chocolate cake on top of the pudding.

4. Frost with a thin layer of frosting (a crumb coat) whatever color you would like. (We used yellow) and let it sit for a few minutes to set. When it has firmed up, finish spreading the remainder of the frosting all over the top and sides of the cake, so it is completely covered.

5. Put the first layer of the second smaller cake on top of the fully frosted bottom cake. (White cake)

6. Spread lemon pudding on top of the cake.

7. Put the final white cake on top of the pudding.

8. Put a crumb coating of frosting on top of this cake only, we used pink. And allow the cake to rest for a few minutes to set.

9. Frost the entire second cake with the remaining frosting and allow it to rest once more.

10. Decorate the cake however you want and enjoy! 

11. For storage, keep the cake in the refrigerator. You may have leftover pudding which is delicious by itself or topped with whipped cream.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016. Jason won gold in Rio 2016, and continues to have great success at other events!

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

Streusel Coffee Cake Gluten Free! March 2, 2016

Filed under: Angie's Cookbook,Breakfast,Cakes,Gluten Free,Snacks — lewissisters @ 5:06 pm

Hey everyone!
This is another recipe from Angie’s cookbook. I made it for my parents as a Valentine’s Day gift. I thought a baked gift would be great since my parents would have to drive me to pick out a gift because I can’t see what I am doing. Ha-ha
This is a delicious coffee cake, perfect for breakfast or a snack. The cake is easy to mix by hand, no need to get out your mixer, just use a large mixing bowl. Check the cake with a toothpick, the amazing streusel topping makes it so you can’t tell when the cake is golden brown. We used an 8-8 inch square disposable pan because we do not have a round cake pan. I used a gluten free pancake/baking mix because my grocery store was out of bisquick and it was fine; I also used sweetened vanilla almond milk.
The streusel topping is sweet, but the cake is not overpowering in sweetness. It is the perfect balance. My dad said: “It’s a keeper.”
Your house is going to smell amazing!
Thanks for the recipe Angie, we love it!

Streusel Coffee Cake

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2 cups Bisquick baking mix (gluten free bisquick)
½ cup milk (Almond Milk)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 egg, beaten

Directions:
Heat oven to 375°.
Grease a 9-inch round pan. Combine above ingredients until well blended. Spread in pan.
Sprinkle batter with Streusel Topping.
Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup Bisquick mix (gluten free bisquick)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Stir all ingredients until crumbly.
The cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

Cake Cookies November 18, 2015

Filed under: Cakes,Cookies,Dessert — lewissisters @ 11:40 pm

Hey it’s McCall! My coworker was talking about these cookies and I decided I have to give them a shot! They are yummy and can be used to make Oreos if you would like! 

  
Cake Cookies 

1 Cake mix

1/2 Cup oil

2 Eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your cake mix, eggs and oil together. The mixture will be thick and stiff unlike a regular cake mix. If you have essential oils add them now. I used 12 drops of lemon with yellow cake and it was just the flavor boost it needed! 

Place small portions of the mix on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Frost with your favorite frosting, or make into Oreos.

Enjoy!