Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas in July: Friday Baking and Movies

I came across this recipe and the green of the cake made me think it was very Christmasy. Add some type of red sprinkles, or red and green, like these...

on top of the white icing and I think you would have a very festive holiday cake.

Key Lime Cake

1 box lemon cake mix (make sure you get a full size cake mix and not those they have reduced to 10.5 oz.)
1 pkg. (3oz.) lime gelatin (Jello)
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla
5 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup key lime juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar

Cream Cheese Frosting
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
*This is basically a recipe and a half of cream cheese frosting, but you need this much for the three layers.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake mix with lime gelatin and orange juice. Add vanilla, eggs. and oil. Mix until well blended, but do not over mix. 

Prepare three 9" cake pans by placing parchment or wax paper circles cut to fit in the bottoms. Spray with nonstick spray or butter and flour them. Divide the batter evenly. Place in oven for 17 to 20 minutes. Remove to cool. If you use a 9"x13" pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Combine the 1/2 cup lime juice with the powdered sugar. While the cake layers are still warm, poke a few holes in them while still in the pans with a fork or toothpick and pour the lime juice glaze over each one. Allow them to cool in the pans. 

Prepare the cream cheese frosting by creaming the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the vanilla and the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until it is light and fluffy.

Place a layer of the cake on a cake plate and frost the top, repeating with the other two layers. 

Frost the entire cake and if you want to garnish use some lime slices! Place in the refrigerator and keep chilled until ready to serve. This is a very moist cake and it gets even moister the next day!

--cake image and recipe from Sweet Tea and Cornbread

Christmas 2013 Lifetime Holiday Movies

The Twelve Trees of Christmas

Twelve Trees is about Cheri Jamison (Lindy Booth), a librarian who rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when the cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri finds herself up against an ambitious developer Tony Shaughnessy (Robin Dunne) who has plans to demolish the library to redevelop the neighborhood, and build a brand new, bland structure. Cheri argues that libraries are more than just a building they are the cornerstones of neighborhood, creating a special place where the modern world is left behind so that books, art and music can be read and appreciated.

When she realizes that the developer is unmoved by her protests, Cheri targets Rosaleen Shaughnessy, the head of the foundation that owns the library building. The widow of the man who built the neighborhood in the 1950s, Rosaleen loves the building and the community but is under the sway of her grandson who is urging her to sell. Cheri comes up with the idea of a tree decorating competition to bring the neighborhood together to save the library and to convince Rosaleen not to let her grandson sell the library. However, Tony is on to Cheri’s plans, signs up for a tree and hires Cordelia (Melanie Brown), a famous designer, to decorate his tree so he can win the competition and his grandmother will still agree to sell the library.

Lindy Booth
Robin Dunne
Melanie Brown
Casper Van Dien

Papa Noel

“Emotionally scarred by a failed marriage, KATHERINE has plunged into her successful career as a NYC marketing executive, but her workaholic ways are taking a toll on her 7 year old son, ZACK. Concerned over Zack’s increasing disaffection, Katherine decides they will spend Christmas in her home town in Louisiana’s bayou country, where her mother, LILLY, is soon match making with a vengeance. When CALEB, Katherine’s old admirer, tries to convince Katherine to marry him and move home, Katherine is torn between the bright lights of the big city and the quiet, gentler rhythms of her Southern roots. A ravaging storm seems to point the way back to Manhattan, until a Christmas miracle, orchestrated by the mysterious PAPA NOEL, convinces Katherine that her heart belongs back in the bayou where she was raised…”

Hilarie Burton
Tyler Hilton
Markie Post
Randy Travis
Ed Asner
Brody Rose

Information obtained at  Be sure to visit their site for all the upcoming Christmas programming and the Christmas TV Schedule 2013...coming soon over there!

I hope you've enjoyed Friday Baking and Movies during Christmas in July. Stay tuned for Christmas season 2013 when it will back during the season long Sharing the Joy event!

Always in spirit....


  1. First, Casper Van Dieme is hot, second, key limes are good but I've never been a big fan of cake.

  2. Love the sprinkles! never seen any of those and key lime cake is so good.

  3. Oh wouldn't these be great as mini-cupcakes served with red velvet mini-cupcakes?


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