I was just thinking about food staging and the pictures I take for my blog. And as much as I’d like to spend hours staging my food with cute little props and scads of backgrounds I seldom do. Heck, some days I’m lucky if I remember to place a fork next to the food I make if one is required – like this cake for example. I really hope this doesn’t deter my readers from drooling over the things that I make from time to time, but truthfully, not being able to spend hours perfecting my photo’s with the perfect backgrounds makes me feel slightly inadequate as a blogger. Maybe it’s because blogging can be (regardless of what other bloggers will admit) somewhat competitive. I think it’s fairly safe to say that everyone wants their blog to be liked. Right?
Have you ever made a cake that is so moist that you can actually hear it when you are cutting it? Well, this is happens to be one of those cakes. I found this recipe digging through my mom’s recipe box. I’m not sure that I ever remember her making this cake, and there was no mention on the recipe card of where it originated from, but this much I can tell you – it’s moist and delicious. One thing that I found odd about this recipe is that it didn’t suggest what kind of frosting the cake should be topped off with. I opted to keep it simple and made a confectionary sugar glazed icing that I drizzled on top, but I’m also thinking a nut or coconut frosting, or even just a dollop of fresh whipped cream would be a tasty on this too.
Farm Country Oatmeal Cinnamon Cake
1 c. old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 c. boiling water
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. margarine or butter
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. raisins (optional)
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Generously grease 10”x14” cake pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Place oats in a separate bowl and pour boiling water over top. Let set 20 minutes.
In a separate mixing bowl, cream together sugar, margarine, and eggs. Add salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour; mix thoroughly. Add in prepared oatmeal and vanilla’; beat until all ingredients are combined. Fold in raisins and/or nuts. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool and top with your favorite icing.
I shared this cake with friends and family and their feedback has been great. A definite must make again!
All you food bloggers out there, how much time do you spend working on food staging for your photographs?