Friday, February 15, 2013

George Washington's Cherry Birthday Cake


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.



Answer:
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.
Sprinkle cake mix over pie filling



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.

Variation:
  • 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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27 comments:

  1. Looks so yummy! I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party that starts in a few minutes at 8am CST. I allow up to 3 links each week!

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    1. Sorry you are having issues with posting to the party, Sharon. No one else has reported issues. We are up to 146 links as of now.

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  2. Seriously, it was a myth, lol. The cake looks delicious. I'm visiting from Friendship Friday. :)

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    1. But it's a good excuse to have a cherry dessert, right??

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  3. I saw your cake at the Pin Me Linky Party ... I really enjoyed your post :) Pinned! ;) Thanks for sharing!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  4. That looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love this! We've always called this kind of cake Dump Cake. It's so versatile. Your cherry version looks delicious!

    Great trivia on Washington. I just received for review a marvelous interactive book on Washington. So much fun!

    Happy Saturday!

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    1. Several people have told me it's called a "Dump Cake". Doesn't sound too appealing, but that IS what I did!

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  6. Looks so good and is very similar to what I make and call it a Dump Cake! I have those same dishes too.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. And I had never heard of a "Dump Cake" before I posted this!

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  7. So yummy! I'm going to pin this so I can make it later. Very interesting tidbits on Washington as well!

    Visiting from Sunny Simple Sunday :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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    1. Hope you enjoy the cake and the varieties, Tammy!

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  8. Oh I love this- it sounds great! I am a new follower!

    Christi
    www.the-not-so-perfect-momblog.blogspot.com

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  9. What a fun post. I loved the George Washington facts as much as the recipe. Thanks.

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    1. Those little tidbits of information are fun, aren't they!

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  10. Again, YUM! Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social...and making us all hungry!

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for hosting the Social.

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  11. Oh my, this looks so yummy thanks for sharing your recipe & linking up @ DearCreatives.com

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    1. Theresa, thanks for hosting and for featuring me!

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  12. Hi Sharon you are going to be featured with this recipe @ DearCreatives tomorrow! Stop by & grab a featured button & see your feature! Hope your having a great week!

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  13. My mom use to make this when I was young she called it dump cake. LOVE IT!!!

    Thank you for bringing the memory back! I'm your newest follower :). Stopping by from Pin Me.

    Alexis from Running Away? I'll help you pack!

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  14. Looks delicious! I make one with apple pie filling. I sprinkle on a little cinnamon and sugar before I add the cake mix and butter. I serve it with ice cream white it is still warm. My husband is a youth minister, and the youth group refers to this as "the apple stuff." It is a favorite! I will have to give this variation a go! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

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  15. Looks scrumptous. Can't wait to make it. Thanks.

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