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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!

Coconut French Toast

12 eggs
1-1/4 cups milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
14 slices bread
1 package (7 ounces) flaked coconut
Maple syrup

In a large bowl, beat eggs; add milk, sugar and cinnamon. Dip bread in egg mixture until both sides are coated. Coat both sides with coconut. Place on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 475° for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with syrup. Yield: 7 servings.

Impossible Coconut Pie

1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate with shortening or cooking spray.

In medium bowl, stir all ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Orange Fluff Salad

1 (12 ounces) carton small curd cottage cheese
1 (3 ounces) package orange gelatin
1 (11 ounces) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (15 ounces) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 (8 ounces) carton Cool Whip

In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese and dry orange gelatin and mix well. Stir in Mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut, and pecans. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate.

Serve in a pretty clear bowl to show it off.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ice Box Cake

About 15 Graham Crackers
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
3 cups milk
1 pkg. (4-serving size) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed
1/3 cup Flaked Coconut, toasted
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Arrange graham crackers in the bottom of a 13×9 inch pan; set aside.

Beat cream cheese until smooth; gradually blend in milk. Add pudding mix and beat 1 minute. Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.

Spread pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Chill for about 1/2 hour, then spread remaining whipped topping over the pudding layer. Sprinkle toasted coconut on the top.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight to set up good. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 15.

Caramel Apricot Cake

1 white or yellow cake mix
1/3 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup water
3 eggs
1 (10.25 oz) jar apricot preserves
1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Heat over ot 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick spray.
Mix together by hand the cake mix, oil, water and eggs in large bowl just until well moistened. Spread evenly in pan.

Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothipick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven.

Set oven to broil and place the oven rack about 6 inches from the top heating element.

Combine preserves, caramel topping, coconut and pecans; Pour over warm cake, spreading it to cover the top. Place cake under broiler and broil for 6-8 minutes or until topping starts to bubble. Cool.