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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!

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.

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Candy Corn Cookies

1 pkg. sugar cookie dough
Orange paste food color
2 oz semisweet chocolate, melted, cooled

1. Line 8×4-inch loaf pan with waxed paper, extending paper over sides of pan.
2. On work surface, place 3/4 cup dough. Knead desired amount of food color into dough until color is uniform. Press dough evenly in bottom of pan.
3. Divide remaining dough in half. On work surface, knead chocolate into one half remaining dough until color is uniform. Press over orange dough in pan, pressing gently to edge of pan. Gently press remaining plain dough into pan on top of chocolate dough. Refrigerate 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until firm.
4. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove dough from pan. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cut each slice into 5 wedges. On ungreased cookie sheet, place wedges 1 inch apart.
5. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are set and edges are very light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.
Makes About 9 1/2 dozen cookies

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Bars

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) Devil’s Food cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg

FILLING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil and egg. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg; beat well. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Chocolate Covered Bananas

6 bananas
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup of chopped walnuts, peanuts, or sprinkles of your choice.
Popsicle Sticks

Cut bananas in half; insert popsicle stick in end that was cut. Place on tray lined with wax paper, and put in freezer for about 30 minutes – just to make them cold.

Melt chocolate with vegetable oil in microwave for 2 minutes. Dip banana halves in chocolate, spooning chocolate over the bananas to coat. Roll in chopped nuts.

Place the chocolate bananas on the same tray and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Triple Peanut Pizza Cookie

1 refrigerated tube of peanut butter cookie dough (18 oz.)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz.)
Cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/3 c. peanut butter
¼ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Reese’s peanut butter cups (2 c.)

Press cookie dough in greased pizza pan. Bake at 350o for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top of hot cookie and let stand 4-5 minutes. Spread the melted chips over the top to make a thin layer of chocolate over the cookie dough. Put in freezer for 10 minutes until set. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and vanilla. Put this mixture over the chocolate layer. Cut up the Reese’s p.b. cups and put on top of the cream cheese layer. Chill until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 12-14.

Recipe submitted by Pam

Self-Icing Chocolate Cake

1 chocolate cake mix
1 small package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 package of chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients together. Pour into a 3 qt. microwavable container with cone or glass in the middle. Microwave at 100% for 11-14* minutes uncovered. Allow cake to cool for 5-10 minutes. Invert onto a serving plate.

*or 70% for 14-18 minutes

Decadent Fudge Cake

1 c. butter or margarine, softened
1 ½ c. sugar
4 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
½ t. baking soda
2 ½ c. flour
8 (1 oz) bars sweet or semi-sweet baking chocolate (melted & cooled)
1 c. chocolate syrup
2 t. vanilla
1 ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate mini-chips
4 oz white chocolate
2 T plus 2 t. shortening

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine buttermilk and soda, stirring well. Add to creamed mixture alternately with flour, beginning and ending with flour. Add 8 oz melted chocolate bars, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in 1 c. mini-chips.

Pour batter into a heavily greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan.

Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert cake immediately onto a serving plate and let cool completely.

Icing:

1. Combine 4 oz white chocolate and 2 T shortening in top of a double boiler. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake.

2. Melt remaining ½ c mini-chips and 2 t shortening in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over white chocolate.

– From S. McCoy