(This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Richard Hicks on winning this giveaway! Thank you to all who entered.)
Dreary, rainy days always mean that the kids are stuck inside and sometimes completely wound. Dreary days also make me want to turn the oven on and bake something. So, the kids and I took a recent dreary day and turned it into a chance to bake one of Grandma’s recipes together…. only Dexas style.
Dexas is a company based in Texas, and they’ve been around since 1969. They manufacture all sorts of kitchen tools, including cutting boards. We actually had a few new tools to try out, including a spatula, spoonula, 4-in-1 silicone trivet, pinchmitt, grippboard, and a klipkup (which hooks onto the inside or outside of a bowl, perfect for things like chips or veggies with dip, salsa, etc.). We set to work making our cake. Below is a printable recipe, without photos, for your convenience.
First we measured all of our dry ingredients into the sifter (Note: I think that Grandma may have possibly left salt out of her recipe, so next time I make this, I’d maybe add 1/2 tsp salt). Then Jacob sifted them into the mixing bowl. Next we added our other ingredients, including shortening, milk, vanilla, and eggs. We mixed for about 2 minutes, also using the Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl. This spatula is nice because it’s heat resistant up to 500 degrees F. It’s also safe for non-stick surfaces. One thing I really like about all 3 of the Silicone tools we received is that they have a 2 part construction, meaning they easily come apart for washing. They’re also dishwasher safe and stain/odor resistant.
After mixing everything thoroughly, we poured our batter into our well-greased pan and prepared to put it in the oven. Jacob was excited to use these new pinchmitts, which are 4″ and have nibs to help keep the heat from getting to your hands. They are also heat resistant to 500 degrees F. They can fit either hand and are made of silicone. Another plus, they’re dishwasher safe. Both the boys absolutely loved these and had a little too much fun with them. I think we all did. I like to use them for grabbing something heavy out of the oven, such as a casserole dish or even a cake, when I have to use both hands. They really do work well to keep the heat at bay. They worked great for little hands helping me in the kitchen, especially when it came time to take the cake out of the oven. We set the hot cake pan on the 4-in-1 trivet to cool. This silicone hotpad can be used for other things, as well, including opening jars, a spoonrest, etc. We used it as a hot pad and set our cake pan on it after coming out of the oven. Another nice thing…. it’s also dishwasher safe. Personally, I love the lime green color too.
While our cake cooled, the boys used the Grippboard Nibs Cutting Board to cut up a few strawberries (with our close supervision, of course). This cutting board is made from recycled poly and has nibs on the handles that give it a good grip to the counter. It’s also BPA free and dishwasher safe. It’s 10×15 in size, so it was big enough for both boys to slice berries at the same time without risk of getting cut. I liked the fact that it didn’t move around while they were slicing; that’s my beef with a lot of cutting boards. In fact, I’ve been known to place a kitchen towel underneath other boards just so they won’t slip and move around on me while cutting. We didn’t have to worry about that with this one.
After cutting up strawberries we mixed them with Cool Whip, using our spoonula. Jaden actually did most of the mixing; this was going to be the topping for our cake. The spoonula has an 8″ stainless steel handle; I’ll tell you, I didn’t know if I’d like the stainless steel handles at first, but I actually did. They were easy for the kids to handle too. Back to the description, though…. the spoonula is a cross between a large mixing spoon and a spatula. It too is heat resistant up to 500 degrees F and also has a removable head for washing, also dishwasher safe. We used it to mix our cake topping and also scraped the bowl with it. It’s such a handy tool and so durable/heavy duty. In fact, all of the Dexas products seem very durable and made with quality in mind. I’m also loving the fun, bright, trendy colors…. lime green just has such a clean feel to it.
Finally, though we didn’t use it for our cake, the baster is a brush with an 8″ stainless steel handle. It’s also heat resistant up to 500 degrees F and is dishwasher safe. The head easily slides right off for more thorough washing. I used this for brushing the frosting on a batch of cinnamon biscuits we had for breakfast one morning, and it worked wonderfully. I’ve personally used another silicone brush for quite awhile before receiving this one. I feel that they’re so much more sanitary…. they’re easier to get clean, and they’re versatile.
So, you might be wondering where to buy Dexas products. You ‘ll find a list of places on their website, places like Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, and more. I definitely would recommend the above products as quality, durable, sturdy products that are a great help in the kitchen. Be sure to Follow Dexas International on Pinterest to find even more inspiration.
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp double baking powder
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 2/3 cup milk & 1 tsp vanilla (mixed together)
- 2 eggs, unbeaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- Whipped Topping:
- 1 container Cool Whip
- 1 package frozen strawberries, sliced
Sift dry ingredients in large bowl. Add shortening, milk/vanilla mixture, eggs, and milk (I'm not sure why Grandma put milk in twice, but I just went with it). Beat on 2 speed for about 2 minutes.
Grease a 9x13 pan well, and pour batter into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool before frosting.
After frosting, serve and enjoy!
Finally, the best part of all…. a giveaway! Dexas is giving one MamaBuzz reader the Grippboard Nibs Cutting Board, the spoonula, and a pinchmitt! Please leave a comment (see below) to enter, but then be sure to leave a separate comment for each optional way that you enter. This giveaway will end on Thursday, September 27. The winner will be chosen, via random.org. This giveaway is open to North America only (void where prohibited). No purchase is necessary, and the odds of winning are based on a number of entries. Good luck, and have a wonderful day!
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(Disclosure: We received the described kitchen gadgets and tools, free of charge, from Dexas, for the purposes of review. All views/opinions remain honestly and solely my own.)
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