Check out these sweet, rich, royal, ruby beauties. This is the first time I've ever done Candy Apples successfully because I did them by the instructions on the package. Yes, I bought a pre-packaged candy apple kit, apples and added sugar. It was like magic. I didn't even need a candy thermometer. I played around with the candy liquid as it was cooling and my candy apples were resting and cooling. I started making these beautiful strings.
Some of the strings were made from drizzling the hot liquid into cold water in a small cup. I dumped the water and candy out of the cup and sat them to dry before placing them on the tops of the candy apple. The wrapped strings around the apple were made by touch a semi- cool bit of candy on a spoon to the already candied apple and turn the apple and going around and around with the spoon.
This was easy and beautiful and I'm having trouble keeping "Hands Off". These kiddos aren't going to wait long for these. I just wanted to admire them for a little while.
Well, of course I as a grown woman with children, you would think I would learn to do exactly as my mother says, right? Well, wrong! I can not do exactly like my mother says, not for spite but simply for the opportunity to take something old and classic and flip it around in my mind and make it my own.
I think it looks much yummier now that it would have in a pyrex dish with the icing poured on it. I hope I don't get in trouble. So, here's the recipe of my mom's with a touch of my own flair (well, if you'd call it "flair").
Water Gate Cake
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minute. Slowly add pudding mix and pecans, scraping the bowl frequently.
Pour batter into greased and floured 2, 8" or 10" round pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.
Make the Icing
I love to cook but only if the meals are healthy, easy, and yummy. .