Cola in my Cake!

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This week I got to make a friend of mine a birthday cake!  We were having a good Southern Shrimp Boil for dinner so I decided to go a little southern with dessert and I made a Double Fudge Coca Cola Cake.  This cake made famous by one of my favorite restaurants, the Cracker Barrel.

I have to start off by telling you that this is a very odd recipe and I had a few doubts going in.  First you mix the flour and sugar, which is just about the opposite of most cake recipes, and then add the wet ingredients to that.  But I followed the directions and the batter came out beautifully. Bake for exactly 30 minutes and the cake was perfectly done.

The “frosting” was also a little odd and I would call it more of a glaze than a frosting.  You melt down butter, cocoa and milk and while that’s hot add the powdered sugar.  Now this mixture was way too thin to be called a frosting as I know it.  And the directions said to pour it over the warm cake.  Well, I feel like that was a bit of a mistake.  The frosting just ran all over and most of it ended up under the cake.  Which as it turns out wasn’t all together a bad thing because when we ate it it was like their was a chocolate sauce under the cake.

Overall it was a yummy cake.  I only got a little hint of the coke flavor but that’s okay with me cause I’m a Diet Dr. Pepper girl anyway. And I thought it was going to be overly sweet but I didn’t think so.  I served it with French Vanilla Ice Cream on the side and it seemed to me like everyone enjoyed it.  Would I make this recipe again…maybe.  It was pretty quick and simple and sometimes it’s nice to have a sheet cake instead of layer cake.  And I do like to mix things up like that.  So, I give this recipe a thumbs up but I would have to put it in my maybe file for making it again.

 

Lots of Berries!

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This week I made Blackberry Pie Bars. Well, to be honest I actually made Triple Berry Pie Bars cause the frozen triple berry mix was on sale and raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all delicious and I’m cheap so it makes for a good combination.  And as it turns out it doesn’t hurt the recipe one bit to change-up the berries a bit. I’m actually glad I did cause this thing has a very thick filling and I think just having blackberries would have been a bit too much for me.  I like the contrast that using multiple berries give it.

This is a pretty simple recipe and if making homemade berry pies scares you some I think you should give this a try since you don’t have to roll out a traditional pie crust.  You just have to press this into the pan. Although a helpful hint from me here, whenever I do a crust like this I always freeze my butter for several hours first.  It helps make it easier to cut the butter into the other ingredients and if you work quickly the butter won’t have time to melt.

The filling I found to be very interesting and tasty!  It’s not a traditional berry pie filling.  It has the addition of eggs and sour cream and I think it gives it a great richness and keeps the berries from being to sour.  Sometimes when you’re making a berry pie it’s hard to know if you’re adding too much or not enough sugar to the berries.  This addition of sour cream made the filling creamy and just rounded out everything nicely. The recipe said to bake for 50 min but I had to add another 15 to that. But all ovens are different so just keep an eye on it.

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In the end I would highly recommend this recipe, it’s delicious.  I cooled mine and then let it sit in the fridge over night so it would set up well.  There’s nothing worse than cutting into a berry pie that hasn’t rested and the filling just runs all over the place. When I pulled it out this morning it sliced really well and then I just popped a piece in the microwave for about 30 seconds, topped it with vanilla bean ice cream and had the breakfast of champions!  That’s right, pie bars and ice cream for breakfast…I’m hitting the proper food groups there…berries and milk!  I’m not on trial here!!!!!

The first of many!

If you know me at all you know how much I love a good list and checking things off.  It is one of the most satisfying things EVER!  I still do a good old fashion grocery list every week and my Thanksgiving Battle Plan is pretty amazing and then of course we have my book list where for the past 8 years I’ve read 538 books.  But now I’ve decided to start going through all the dessert recipes I’ve collected on my Pinterest over the last couple years and I have a feeling that this is going to be a lot like my book list…I’ll continuously add things and it’s going to be never ending!

Cooking has always been one of my favorite things to do and I kind of like this little challenge I’ve set for myself here.  Baking is very therapeutic for me and I do enjoy sharing my yummy baked goods with other people.  I mean, what’s the fun of baking a cake if you can’t share it with people.  So, once a week I’m going to choose a recipe off of my Pinterest, make it, share it and then talk about it.

So, this past weekend I made a Nutella Crunch Ice Cream Cake!  I’ll let you soak that in for a second cause yes it was just as delicious as it sounds.  It was also super easy to make.  Ice Cream Cakes can seem a little tricky but they’re actually pretty simple to make and they are just beautiful and can really trick people into thinking you’ve made this really elegant and expensive looking dessert.

First off, I have a particular hatred of recipes that use cereal because the recipe will call for an amount, and in this case it was 6 cups of Rice Krispies, and how in the hell are you supposed to know what size box to get.  I mean 6 cups is a lot!  So, if you try this recipe I will warn you now not to buy the big family box like I did!  Thank goodness I have The Boy here who will hopefully polish the rest of this box off for me. Next up was the Nutella and being the thrifty girl I am I purchased the Von’s brand cause I see no taste difference but I do see a $2.00 difference. And then I used a gallon of French Vanilla Ice Cream and again I used the one that was on sale.  That was it, three ingredients! I followed the recipe as is and it turned out perfectly.  Just to add some tips to the recipe, I left my ice cream out for about 15 minutes on the counter and then took it for a spin in my mixer with the paddle attachment just to help soften it up a bit.  This helped when it came time to stir in the cereal bits. And I will confess that I had a handful of the crunchy topping left over and that alone made a nice little snack!

I took it over to a friend’s house to share while we watched the Tony Awards last night.  It traveled really well and it was easy to slice and serve and everyone really loved it.  I got a lot of “yummies” and “this is awesome”.  It makes me so happy to see everyone enjoying something I made. It makes me excited for this whole challenge!  I haven’t chosen my next recipe yet but I can’t wait to make something else.

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