Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

... AND my sister's {elope} wedding...

This is a week that will go down in the history of my life!! Yes, one of those :)! My husband just got a job in Vegas. We're packing like crazy and moving next week...the house is in boxes and shambles.  But, some fantastic excitement overtook the packing frenzy...

On Tuesday night, my sister Stacy called. She was engaged to be married on the 26th of July. She asked me to put the phone on speaker and then announced to my husband and me that she was getting married the next day at 6:00 p.m.

I thought she was joking!!!!!!!!  But, no, she wasn't. There had been a few conflicts with the original date-  an aunt who had planned a family reunion on that day was upset that the wedding would overtake the reunion... and there were a few minor upsets here and there with every other day possible. So, why not get married the next day?!?!

And so they did!!!

Before I go on with the recipe, I must explain a few funny little things that happened.

 To be honest, when I went to bed the night before the wedding, I wasn't sure that they could pull this off. Especially, I felt this way because they planned to marry in the Salt Lake Temple (and no other place).  In our Church, not everyone can just up and get married in the temple. Each couple must meet with their Bishop and Stake President (ecclesiastical leaders) to be sure they are living by the standards necessary to enter the temple. It's not easy to just make everyone's schedule magically cohesive in one day... that's why I didn't really think this would happen the next day.

Oh, but I was of little faith :).

The morning of the wedding, Stacy called me and asked if I could make her a wedding cake that day... in the next few hours.  Haha! Anyone who knows about baking wedding cakes knows that it takes about a week to get the supplies together, bake, and decorate... even the ones that look simple take a long time. I did agree however, that I would try my best to get something together.

Amidst my shambled boxed up house, this Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake is what I came up with. I didn't even have time to get flowers on it, but hey, I only had a few short hours and the supplies on hand to get this together.

All was well after making the cake, and we drove the hour from our house to the Salt Lake Temple. Just as we arrived at the parking lot, Stacy called my phone.  All kinds of thoughts circled in my head. Why would she be calling me when she was supposed to be getting ready for her wedding? Well, well, well...

She and Spencer didn't have time to get rings!!! She asked if I would quickly go pick them out some wedding rings right then. YES, you read that right... she was asking me to find a store by the temple, pick out some wedding rings, and bring them back before the wedding was scheduled to start {IN 20 MINUTES!!!}.

Um, my husband has been unemployed for the last 6 months, and we're counting every penny for this move to Vegas. So, we headed as fast as we could to good old Walmart.  I ran like a banshee straight to the jewelry section, asked the kind lady to help me. I found a a beautiful sparkly "diamond" and band for her {$8}, and a nice looking band for him. Then I payed and RAN!!!

We arrived back at the temple just as the wedding was scheduled to start. I was sweating bullets! Luckily we met my other sister and her husband there, and tried to find the wedding room as fast as we could. All the other guests were seated, and looked funnily at us as we walked in so late. Little did they know, I'd just performed 2 small miracles for this youngest sister of mine! I had a definite excuse to be late.

Thankfully, we made it. She was a beautiful and happy bride.

We ended the wedding day with hamburgers at the park... (Remember Father of the Bride?) Every dad's dream come true!

My sister is definitely a bit crazy, but I love her! Congrats Stace and Spencer!!!!!

Now on with the recipe.... you never know when a great and easy recipe like this just may come in handy.
It's good and it's quick!!

Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix
2 pkgs lemon pudding
4 eggs
1 cup water
3/4 cup oil
2 Tb. poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour bundt cake pan.
Mix all ingredients together until well mixed... but don't over mix.
Put batter in bundt pan.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Garnish with powdered sugar and berries.... or anything else that would taste good.

(For this "wedding cake" I made 2 cakes, and cut one a little shorter than the other, and then stacked it on top of the other one). I put the part that I cut off in the hole, and then stacked berries on that).


P.S. When my twins woke up this morning (the day after the wedding), the first thing they both said was, "I want to see Stacy's dress again!"
A good time was had by all :)!

Even the boys had fun :).


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  1. Wow Nancy I think you're family just won the family of the year award! I think I would've had some heart problems after that 24 hrs. Your cake looks amazing I am so impressed! I'm sad that you're moving but excited for you guys and this next chapter in your lives. I better not see ads for your burlesque show at the Flamingo in a couple years. Ha ha jk!

  2. Ha ha! Thanks, Maren! It was seriously a crazy, hilarious day!! Hmmmm, the Flamingo.... :).

  3. We live in Henderson. What part of town are you moving to?

  4. AWESOME!!!!! This is the best story. We will miss you.
    So glad I got married and had my first son before you moved.

    Andrea Guy and the Boys

  5. You are wonderwoman, Nancy! I miss you. Can't believe you are headed to Vegas. Good luck you you and your family. Love, Lisa

  6. BEST REAL LIFE EVENT EVER!!! I love this cake recipe! I am going to snag it! Thank Thank you for this well written up date and event in Stacy's life! I love her! :)


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