Mardi Gras

Yesterday we celebrated Fat Tuesday in style!
We had Jambalaya for dinner and I made a King Cake.  Each year I try a new Eggless recipe, however, I think we found a keeper.  This Cinnamon Bundt Cake is amazing.  We donned our masks to cut into the cake.  There is always much excitement and anticipation over who will get the baby!  Kaitlin got the baby the second year in a row!  It was a fun night of indulging in food, wine, and cake!  We are going to each try giving up something, to remind us each time we want it, what our Lord gave up for us.  Hank and Karlie are giving up Pop Tarts.  This morning Hank asked me how many more days until Easter.  LOL  Max, Kaitlin, Hailey, and I are giving up our most favorite chip, Salt and Vinegar.  This is going to be really hard for me.  Chips are right up there with wine and coffee.  One thing I know we can't give up is making life a party!

Cinnamon Bundt Cake
3 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Baking Soda
2 cups Water
2/3 cup Canola Oil
2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Caramel Extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly oil pan.
Stir together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
Thoroughly mix the water, oil, vinegar, and extracts. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour into pan and bake for 40 – 50 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before cutting a small square out of the bottom and placing the plastic baby in the hole.  Then replace the piece you removed and transfer to a serving platter.
For a King Cake I frosted with a powder sugar icing and then sprinkled purple, green and gold sprinkles.  Add chocolate gold coins to the center and garnish with beads and coins.

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