Baking for Symphony

 In The Village of Bedford Walk

Columbia has a symphony. Yes, I will say it again. Columbia, Missouri has a symphony and they are dedicated to enhancing and increasing the cultural awareness of classical music in the mid-Missouri area by presenting high-caliber performances by professional musicians and encouraging and educating young performing artist. The MO Symphony Society is a special group of volunteers and employees that work toward this goal and bring beautiful music to us all.

Fund raising is a necessary part of keeping many organizations running and The Village of Bedford Walk is a proud supporter and sponsor for the annual Holiday Home Tour on December 4-6.

The Women’s Symphony League is group of ladies that work diligently to put on this event each year. Kay Kern is a volunteer and member of WSL and she says that “Columbia is fortunate to have a fabulous Symphony that provides an avenue for young musicians to showcase their talents and have access to professions in the music industry”. Kay joined the Women’s Symphony League two years ago when she moved to Columbia and shared, ”the WSL is a great group of ladies to work with  and they are all very accomplished and contribute a great deal to the organization.”

The Village of Bedford Walk will be the location for the Holiday Home Tour bake sale on Saturday, December 5th from 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.. The Villas will be decorated and open for tours for the entirety of the weekend. (Friday, December 4th 1:00- 4:00p.m. and Sunday, December 6th 12:00-4:00p.m.) Please be sure to stop by and buy some of the delicious homemade holiday treats.

Below are two recipes from Kay Kern that she has been making since the 80’s. They are a favorite at her house and it will be featured at the bake sale on December 5th at The Village of Bedford Walk . We look forward to seeing you.

Rum Cake

1 c. chopped pecans

1 yellow cake mix

1  3 3/4 oz. pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix

4 eggs

1/2 c. cold water

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. dark rum

Pre-heat oven to 325.  Grease and flour 10″ Bundt pan.  Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan.  Mix all cake ingredients together.   Pour batter over nuts.  Bake 1 hour.  Cool. Invert on serving plate. Prick cake all over with meat fork.  Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over the top and sides.  Allow cake to absorb glaze.  Repeat until all glaze is used.


1/4 lb. butter

1/4 c. water

1 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. dark rum

Melt the butter in sauce pan.  Stir in water and sugar.  Boil 5 min. on medium heat stirring constantly.  Remove from heat. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and then stir in the rum.  If you don’t wait it with curdle and there will be globs of sugar in the glaze and all of the rum with burn out.  Serve only to those over 21!

Vanilla Rolled Cookies

3 1/2 c. flour

1 t. baking pwd.

1/2 t. salt

1 c. oleo

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 well beaten eggs

1 1/2 t. vanilla

Sift flour, measure, add baking pwd. and salt. Cream butter and add sugar gradually and beat until light.  Add well beaten eggs.  and blend well.  Add vanilla.  Combine the dry ingredients and the creamed mixture.  Mix well.  Chill.  Roll on lightly floured board.  Cut out cookies with cookie cutter.  Baked on greased cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with sugar while still hot.

400 degrees for 6 – 10 minutes.


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