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Earthquake Cake

I made this cake for my children at our Mother’s Day dinner (what’s wrong with that picture, huh???).  The cake was a big hit, in spite of the fact that it became a volcano instead of an earthquake.  You have to read below to find out why…

Earthquake Cake

1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I used Pillsbury)
3 Eggs
1 1/4 cups Water
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Coconut
1 cup Pecans, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter or Margarine, softened
8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 to 1 cup Chocolate Chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Sprinkle coconut, then pecans, evenly over the bottom of the cake pan and set aside.

Mix together the cake mix, eggs, water and oil in a mixing bowl. Beat for about 2 minutes with electric mixer. Pour over coconut and pecans in pan.

In small mixing bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Don’t try to spread it out; just put it on in dollops.

Bake cake for about 45 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a knife or toothpick into the chocolate cake. The toothpick should come out clean.

When done, remove cake from oven and immediately sprinkle on the chocolate chips. Allow cake to cool in the pan.

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Okay, now for my story….

This was a new recipe I had found on the internet, so didn’t know exactly what to expect. I changed the ingredients very slightly . . . the original recipe called for a German Cake Mix, but I used Devil’s Food Cake Mix (because that’s my favorite). I also added the chocolate chips.

I also attempted to spread out the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake, and that was probably my downfall. A few minutes in the oven, and the cake started to raise up. All of a sudden, my daughter exclaimed that the cake was boiling over! I immediately got a sheet of aluminum foil and placed it on the rack beneath the cake to catch the overflow. I looked at my daughter and explained that we had a volcano cake instead of an earthquake!

It was mostly the white part that spilled over, and actually, that part that cooked on the side of the pan was Awesome! Just after removing the cake from the oven when it was done, I scraped off the part that flowed over the edge, and tasted it . . . it was just like chewey, ooey, gooey, warm caramel! Oh yum!

I sprinkled the chocolate chips on the top of the cake and allowed the cake to cool in the pan. It cut very nicely, and there was that coconut/pecan layer on the bottom part. The chocolate part of the cake was so moist, yet held up very well.

When I saw the cake spill over, my first thought was that I would never make this again. But after watching my family devour it, I’ve decided this just might be a tradition recipe. My husband said it was the best cake he had ever eaten.

I really think the secret to keeping it from spilling over is that you have to drop the cream cheese mixture in dollops randomly on top, and not attempt to spread it out. Let me know how it works for you.

Now, I’d better get started on cleaning the oven. Thank goodness for self-cleaning ovens!

3-2-1 Cake

My mother shared this recipe with me.  She said she has tried it and it works very well. It’s great for when you don’t want to bake a whole cake, but you are craving something baked and sweet.

1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 box Cake Mix (any flavor)
In a gallon zip-lock bag, combine the two cake mixes together and mix well.

Directions for One Serving Cake:
For each individual cake serving, take out 3 tablespoons of the cake mix combination and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water in a small microwave-safe container (I use a coffee cup). Microwave on high fo 1 minute and you have your own instant individual little cake.

You can top each cake with a dollop of fat free whipped topping and/or some fresh fruit. Try various flavors of cake mix – like carrot, red velvet, pineapple, lemon, orange, etc. Just remember that one of the mixes has to the angel food mix. The flavor possibilities are endless!

The best thing is you open both cake mixes into a gallon storage bag, one that zip-locks or self seals, or a container that seals tightly, shake the two cake mixes to blend and then make the recipe. Storage of the mix is simple – put on a shelf. No need to refrigerate, since the mix is dry. Always remember, that one of the cake mixes MUST be Angel Food. The other can be any flavor. The Angel Food is the cake mix that has the egg whites in it.

Easy Chocolate Chip Cake

This has to be one of the easiest cakes I’ve ever made! Just 4 ingredients, and it’s a snap to put together. No frosting needed, either!

1 Chocolate Pudding Mix (Small Box)
1 1/2 cups Milk
1 Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil’s Food Cake Mix)
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips (I used Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 cake pan with no-stick spray.

Combine chocolate pudding mix and milk in a mixing bowl. Using a mixer, beat until smooth. Add dry cake mix, and beat until well-combined. This mixture will be very thick.

Pour into prepared cake pan, and spread evenly. Scatter the chocolate chips over the top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  Cool (if you can wait that long) and cut into squares.

More pictures:

Luscious Orange-filled Cake

1 cup butter, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/3 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 cups cake flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk

FILLING:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
2/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons water
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon salt

SYRUP:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon orange extract

FROSTING:
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in orange juice and peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice and water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from the heat.

Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the lemon juice, orange peel and salt. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

For syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and orange juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Cool.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.

Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; brush with 2 tablespoons syrup and spread with 1/3 cup filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer; brush with remaining syrup. Frost top and sides of cake. Yield: 16 servings.

White Chocolate Chip Dessert

3 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 90 wafers)*
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white chocolate chips**
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Chocolate ice cream topping, optional

In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, butter and brown sugar. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.

In a microwave, melt white chips; stir until smooth. Cool.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add melted chips; beat well. Fold in whipped topping.

Pour filling over crust. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Drizzle with chocolate topping if desired. Yield: 15 servings.

*Graham cracker crumbs can be substituted
**White baking chocolate, chopped, can be substituted

Intense Chocolate Cake

2-1/2 cups milk
1 cup butter, cubed
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

FILLING:
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

GANACHE:
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In a large saucepan, cook the milk, butter and chocolate over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla; stir in chocolate mixture until smooth. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into the mixture (batter will be thin). Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling, in a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and cream until smooth.

For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache reaches a spreading consistency.

Set aside 1/2 cup filling for garnish. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the remaining filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread ganache over top and sides of cake. Decorate with reserved filling. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.

Lime Poke Cake

Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 eggs

Lime Filling:
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
4 drops yellow food color
1 drop green food color

Frosting:
1 small container whipped topping
grated lime peel for garnish

Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with non-stick spray.

In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.

Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. With handle of wooden spoon (1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter), poke holes almost to bottom of cake every 1/2 inch, wiping spoon handle occasionally to reduce sticking.

In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients (mixture will thicken). Pour over cake; spread evenly over surface, working back and forth to fill holes. (Some filling should remain on top of cake.) Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Spread whipped topping over cake; sprinkle with lime peel. Add other garnish (lime slices, strawberries, etc.), as desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

Raspberry Cheesecake Pie

CRUST:
1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted

FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

TOPPING:
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, divided

Combine the wafer crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom
and up the sides of a greased 9-in. pie plate.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, orange juice
and vanilla until light and fluffy. Fold in whipped cream. Spread
into crust. Chill until serving.

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in water and
1-1/2 cups raspberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes
or until thickened. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate until chilled.

Spread topping over filling. Garnish with remaining berries.
Yield: 8 servings.

Over The Hill Birthday Cake

1 box of chocolate cake mix
One can chocolate frosting
10-12 Oreo cookies, crushed to look like dirt*
1 bag of Gummi worms

Bake cake according to directions on box in a 13×9 inch pan. After the cake is cooled completely, frost it generously. Then sprinkle generously the crushed Oreos. Cut a few Gummi worms in half and put in the “dirt” to look like they are coming out, and the rest to lay on the cake. You can purchase a black tombstone candle to put as the headstone.

*Mint filled Oreos work good because the green makes it look like a little grass in the dirt.

From Kim’s Recipe Collection

Green Tomato Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 1/2 cups diced green tomatoes
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Browned Butter Icing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating well. (Batter will be soft.) Stir in tomatoes, raisins, and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake for 70 to 75 minutes, or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely. Spoon Browned Butter Icing over cake.