Michelle’s Dinette Cake Recipe

My husband is an obnoxiously picky eater. On top of that, he’s not big into sweets–so when I find a food that he likes it must be good! As is the case with my mother-in-law, Michelle’s Dinette Cake.

I got it from Michelle, who got it from her mom Debbie, who got from Betty Crocker, so basically, it’s legit.

It’s a perfectly moist and sweet cake that pairs well with any fresh fruit, jam, syrup, or sauce. I made it with a homemade strawberry sauce and served with fresh sliced strawberries and a dollop of cool whip.

The ‘dollop’ was completely and totally for aesthetic purposes. As soon as my sexy strawberry and cake filled photo shoot was done, I COVERED that bad boy in cool whip and Cory and I shared the model.

On to the cakery!

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Ingredients

For the Dinette Cake

For the Strawberry syrup

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Directions

For the Dinette Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add milk and shortening (or butter) and mix for about 2 minutes until smooth.
  4. Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract if including it. Mix for another 2 minutes until all ingredients are incorporated and batter is smooth.
  5. Pour into a greased 9 x 9 x 2 square pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

For the Strawberry Syrup

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium to medium-high heat and bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute
  3. Reduce heat and allow it to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and mash berries if desired.
  5. Allow to cool and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Notes: Though the recipe calls for a square baking pan, I made mine in a Bundt pan and it made an adorable little Bundt cake. Also, I did not mash the strawberries after cooking the syrup because I like the chunks of fresh berries, but you can mash them as small as your little heart desires.  

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2 Replies to “Michelle’s Dinette Cake Recipe”

  1. It is pretty awesome!! Loved the strawberry syrup!! Nice touch, Tara! Can’t wait to see what you will do with my other recipes.

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