Pie Mania: Blackberry Rhubarb and Raspberry Rhubarb Pies

I went a little nuts making pies. I blame two things: 1) my love of it and 2) Twin Peaks. Jason and I had a little bit of a marathon, which included a lot of baking.

Twin Peaks loves pie
Twin Peaks and David Lynch loves pie

For the pie crust, I used my grandma’s flour crust recipe. Which is great as it makes 4 to 5 pie crusts and is easy to refrigerate or freeze if you need to use the rest another day. And if you have some extra, as I did, you can make flaky cookies.
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Cooking with Erica: Flower Power Strawberry Cake

Also for Jason’s birthday, I broke down and made a cake. I almost ended up not making it when I knocked my mixer’s large glass bowl off the counter and it crashed on the floor, breaking into a thousand pieces. I guess it was better that I didn’t have anything in the mixer yet…

Flower Power Strawberry Cake

This cake came out really well. It’s very moist and delicious. The original recipe is from Favorite Brand Name’s Cake Mix.

Flower Power Strawberry Cake

1 package (18 1/4 oz) white cake mix without the pudding in the mix
2 containers (12 oz) strawberry yogurt
4 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 package (4-serving size) strawberry gelatin
1 container (8 oz) thawed frozen whipped topping

Preheat over to 350°F. Lightly grease 13×9-inch baking pan.

Beat cake mix, yogurt, eggs, oil, and gelatin in large bowl with electric mixer at low speed for about 1 minute or until blended. Increase speed to medium and beat 1-2 minutes until smooth. Pour in pan.

Bake 38 to 43 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.

Spread whipped topping over cake. The recipe calls for strawberries on the top of the cake. I ended up with strawberry banana gelatin, and I later put bananas on top of it. It was yummy. Make sure to refrigerate cake.