Friday Baking with NotQuiteJuneCleaver Recipes for August 7- August 14

This upcoming is a very VERY special week for me.  It is the week of my 50th birthay.  Next Friday at 3:11 p.m. I will be 50 years old.  Five decades.  Half a century.  18, 262 days.  Admittedly, I am pretty stoked about it.  One little problem.  My husband will not be home (imagine my very sad face) but we will celebrate when he gets back. My gift from him will be here about the time he is.  I know what it is, not a surprise, something we have talked about for quite a while,  but WOW what a great gift!


Pretty cool huh?  Okay…enough of all that.

Now to the recipes. If you can’t find the answers to any questions you might have on the Friday Baking page (tab at the top) then please email me.  The deadline for getting your name in for this past week’s challenge is 8 am today. I decide to post only one recipe this week.  My favorite cake.  I thought we could all  celebrate my birthday with a great cake…one big PAR-TAY!!!

Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) or 4 (8 inch) round cake pans.

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 cups all purpose flour or 2 cups plus 2 TBSP cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 5 egg whites, beaten stiff
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cream sugar, butter and shortening. Add egg yolks and mix well. Mix flour, salt, baking soda in a bowl. Add this flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix well. Add vanilla, pecans and coconut. Mix well. Then gently fold in egg whites. Divide evenly between your pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes then turn out on a rack to finish cooling. Frost when completely cool.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temp
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pound confectioners sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter until light. Add vanilla and mix well. Add confectioners sugar a cup at the time and when all in incorporated beat on high until light and spreading consistency.


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Oh my! Now, this is very, very, very, exciting news! I am so happy for you! AND, what a very cool birthday gift! We will all want to see a picture of you standing in your new greenhouse – with an apron on of course. 🙂 ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Oh wow! That looks and sounds delicious! I think I might just have to make it.

Happy Birthday!!
Your green house is fabulous!! What a great gift to receive!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

I love your birthday gift! I have wanted a greenhouse for a long time, but I don’t think it will happen. Not enough sunlight in my yard. So cool, though!

Can’t wait to try your cake!



Susan… Happy birthday SUSAN… the 50th year is a huge milestone… and rite of passage! Ya hoo for you!

Italian Cream Cake is my favorite cake… I am going to make this for sure!

Much love,
Victoria in Houston


What an awesome gift that will be!!! I can so see you in your new greenhouse! Looking forward to next week.


Hi Susan
yes, congratulations also from me on the coming birthday, and in fact, being 60, I sort of think of 50 year old people as quite young people !:) and I am sure your next decade will be really exciting with apronfest, overalls fest not to forget 🙂 and last but not least our grandchildren, I hope you enjoyed your small folks, here we had wonderful weather all week and party around our grandson all days in the garden !

looking good here girlfriend!way to go! and a Happy Birthday to you..and congrats on a new are going to have so much fun with that.

Oh, look at your pretty new blog dress/design… a designer……ooohhh, and ahhhh….
And Happy Birthday….fifty IS nifty. I know because I’ve lived there about four months now….:)
enjoy and I love your new look!