Please join Cheryl at My Thoughtful Spot for the Loveliness of Baking Fair on Monday. It’s sure to be a lot of fun! Here are some ideas for the Fair:

favorite recipes
fond baking memories
baking failures you can laugh about now
your best baking tips
pictures of your set-up
how you organize your baking supplies
how you learned to bake
baking traditions in your home

I’ve chosen to write about "baking failures you can laugh about now." I’m not much of a baker. So it’s no surprise that the first cake I tried to make from scratch did not turn out that great.

I decided to make a cake for one of our children’s feast day. I had all the ingredients laid out, or so I thought. I had never heard of "vanilla sugar" before this day. So, when I read 1 cup "vanilla sugar," I somehow did not see the word sugar, and put a whole cup of vanilla in the cake batter. You can imagine how incredible the house smelled after the cake was done. The cake looked more like a chocolate cake, instead of vanilla. We were only able to eat very tiny pieces at a time, becaus it was so rich.

Here is our famous "vanilla cake" recipe. : )

1 c. vanilla sugar
6 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. dairy sour cream
4 stiffly beaten egg whites
Fluffy white frosting

Prepare vanilla sugar. Cream together 1 cup vanilla sugar and the butter. Add vanilla. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt and soda. Add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating just until mixed. Fold in beaten egg whites. Turn into 2 greased and lightly floured 8 x 1 1/2 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly and frost with fluffy white frosting. Spread top and sides with tinted coconut.

Here is our favorite cookie recipe. This is the easiest, and very inexpensive cookie recipe ever, and they are so good:

Fluffy Lemon Drop Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix

1 tub Cool Whip

1 egg

2 cups powdered sugar

Mix cake mix, Cool Whip, and egg together until a sticky batter forms. Spoon drop into powdered sugar and roll into balls. The balls should be small because they spread out as they bake. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until light brown. They will feel like they aren’t done, but they harden as they cool.