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Yummy Yellow Cake

Yummy Yellow Cake

No matter the celebration, be it springtime, a birthday, or a special treat for guests, a yellow layer cake is a classic. Our family favorite version of this recipe was to layer it with sliced bananas and lots of whipped cream. Yum!

2 1/2 cups cake flour, plus extra for dusting             1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda                                           3/4 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups sugar                                                          3 tablespoons vegetable oil

10 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 cup buttermilk, room temperature                          2 teaspoons vanilla extract

6 large egg yolks, room temperature                         3 large egg whites, room temperature




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9″ cake pans and line the bottoms with circles of parchment paper. Grease the paper rounds, dust the pans with flour, and knock out the excess. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large bowl. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and yolks.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy (about 30 seconds). While beating, gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks just form (30 to 60 seconds). Set aside.
  3. Gradually add the butter mixture to the flour mixture while mixing until it’s fully incorporated, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, stir in 1/3 of the egg whites into batter to lighten, then add the remaining whites and gently fold into the batter until no white streaks remain. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans, and tap the pans against the counter to dislodge any large air bubbles.
  5. Bake until the cake layers begin to pull away from the sides of the pans and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (20 to 22 minutes.) Cool the cake on the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Loosen the cakes from the sides of the pans with a small knife, then invert onto the greased wire rack and peel off the parchment. Invert the cakes again and cool completely on the rack about 1 1/3 hours before icing.
  6. Enjoy!

Mary Z.





The Secret to Eternal Life

The Secret to Eternal Life . . .

The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to us, and the experiences of our life must now be built on the foundation of His life. It takes the omnipotence of God to live the life of the Son of God in human flesh.

The proof that we have experienced crucifixion with Jesus is that we have a definite likeness to Him, and walk in the light and obey all that He reveals to us.

“If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.” (Romans 6:5)

Happy Resurrection Sunday!!!


Mary Z.

The Cross of Christ Reveals


Quips & Quotes

The cross of Christ reveals man’s sin at its worst and God’s love at its best.

My peace I give to you, a peace which brings an unconstrained confidence and covers you completely, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, “your life is hidden with Christ in God” and the peace of Jesus Christ that cannot be disturbed has been imparted to you. (John 14:27)


In the Midwest Where I Live…

Hope for the Journey – By Mary Zigan

In the Midwest where I live, March, April, and May show VERY slow signs of emerging life. The warmth of the sun is our first hopeful glimmer that daylight hours are getting warmer and longer, and year after year dead life eventually emerges into the growth of new life.

In the spring of 1976, the warmth of the “Son” visited me personally with New Life.

Here is a testimonial of hope, from my book, An Upside–Down Heart:


Many mornings before work, I would sit on the foot stool in the living room after the kids had gone to school and Don to work, and think, “God, I don’t even know if you are real. With all the conflict we are experiencing, how can you be real? Show me if you are!”

A wonderful lady named Diane Miller from church befriended me.  She took great interest in my burdens and promised to pray for me daily. She told me about a Christian Women’s Club that was starting in my community. At her nudging, I went to the Holiday Inn, where they met, to find out what this luncheon was all about.

The woman who spoke that day was poised and dressed in an attractive white suit.  I was amazed at her freedom and wondered how she could get up and speak so freely to this roomful of about a hundred women.  I don’t even remember what she spoke about. I only recall that at the end of her talk she held out a white envelope and said to the audience, “I have a free gift here for anyone who would like to come and receive it.”

The room fell silent.  Finally someone walked to the front and took the envelope.

The speaker said, “God is offering the gift of His Son today to anyone who wants to have a personal relationship with Him.  But to receive His gift, you need to accept it.”

Feeling unworthy, as quickly as the luncheon ended, I fled out the door and returned to the safety of my car. I laid my head on the steering wheel and sobbed.

I said something like, “God, if you are real, come into my heart and take up residency.  I am a mess. Everyone around me is a mess, and if you are real, I need you!”

 I was anxious to get home to find my Bible, which I wasn’t in the habit of reading.  I had a King James Version and randomly opened it to the Psalms.  My eyes landed on (Psalm 32:8).  I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I searched the bookcase for the Living Bible“I will instruct you (says the Lord), and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.”

I couldn’t believe this promise was actually in the Bible, but this was good news to me!  God was promising to take me where I was, and by His resurrection power I instantly received new life.