Read The Book and Bake The Cake
When you want to extend the reading fun outside the pages of the book, here’s a great idea for you! Let your kids help make this delicious pound cake that pairs perfectly with Lucy, the sweet little mouse, that learns its okay to ask for help when you need it.
When a blustery, blizzardy snowstorm forces even winter-loving Lucy the mouse indoors, she decides to treat her friends to some home-baked sweets.
Unfortunately, Lucy insists on doing everything herself—and it turns out that, for her, baking is MUCH harder than skating. Soon, the oven explodes . . . and so does Lucy’s temper.
Luckily, her pals are happy to lend a paw once Lucy realizes that we all have different strengths, and that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. With a little teamwork, sugar, and spice, Lucy and her BFFs just might get the delicious cheesecake they’ve been waiting for.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Mice
Written By: Annie Silvestro
Illustrated By: Christee Curran-Bauer
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs plus 2 large yolks (room temp)
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sugar
24 tablespoons butter (softened)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Grease and flour 12 cup nonstick bundt pan (set aside)
Mix sugar, butter, and cream cheese on medium-high speed (handheld mixer). Beat until they are creamed together (about 3-4 mins)
Add the eggs, yolks, milk and vanilla mix until incorporated.
Next add the flour on top and without mixing, add the salt on top of the flour and slightly stir into just the flour.
Mix the flour in, but do not over mix! Just mix until all the flour is incorporated. Be sure the scrape the edges of your bowl to make sure the flour is fully incorporated.
Pour your batter into your bundt pan and bake until a tooth pick inserted near the center comes out clean (about 80-90 mins)
Let the cake cool for about 15-20 mins before removing it from the bundt pan.
Top with whipped cream and chopped up strawberries.