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.

 

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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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