Which of the following statements about George Washington, first President of the United States, is true:
- He was the only U.S. President who didn't live in Washington D.C.
- He used false teeth carved from hippopotamus ivory.
- He chopped down a cherry tree as a child.
- He delivered the shortest inaugural address of any U.S. President--only 135 words.
- He wore a size 13 shoe.
- He was the first U.S. president to be on a postage stamp.
All of them are true...
...with the exception of the cherry tree story.
But the story, believed to be the invention of Mason Locke Weems, a man who wrote an autobiography of George Washington shortly after he died, was picked up by the McGuffy Reader and read by children throughout the 19th century and has endured as a part of American folklore to this day.
Because of this story, it is popular in the United States to serve cherry pie on George Washington's birthday (February 22) or Presidents' Day, this year celebrated on Monday, February 18.
But today's busy mom seldom has time to bake a cherry pie so I am sharing my friend, Karen's, simple Cherry Cake recipe because I think George Washington's birthday is a good reason to have dessert. After tasting this 3-ingredient cake (really more like cherry crumble) I think your family will agree, even if you don't live in the States!
|Once again I used sugar free, |
but it's probably even better with a regular cake mix and pie filling.
George Washington's Cherry Birthday Cake
1 16 oz cake mix (I used yellow for this one, but white will work too; also see variations below)
2 20oz cans cherry pie filling
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
Empty both cans of cherry pie filling into a 9x13 pan.
Drizzle melted butter over the top.
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, until top begins to turn golden.
Serve warm or cold as is or with ice cream or whipped cream.
- Use a devil's food chocolate cake mix to get a black forest type dessert.
- Use apple pie filling with a spice cake mix for an autumny dessert.
- Use blueberry pie filling because blueberries are just about the perfect fruit!
- Make 1/2 by using 2 cups of a 16 oz. cake mix. That's what I did for the photos. That way you could use two different pie fillings to give your family a choice, or have another dessert another day.
For a printable version of the recipe, click here.
And don't forget to sing "Happy Birthday" to George Washington!
Dessert keeps your family lingering around the table longer!
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February 19 -- Trivia Night--a great conversation game for family and friends!
February 22 -- Taco Soup--easy slow-cooker recipe