Monday, May 11, 2015

EASIEST NO-BAKE CAKE IN THE WORLD

The title, Easiest No-Bake Cake in the World, is not an exaggeration, that's for sure. It is also very impressive to serve, and EVERYONE wants the recipe. It's delicious, unique and SUPER EASY to make.


Before I give you the "recipe", let me just say that there really isn't a recipe. It's just homemade whipped cream, chocolate wafer cookies (chocolate graham crackers work too), and some decorations (nuts, candies, sprinkles, etc.). Then it sits in the fridge overnight. By the next day, the cookies (or graham crackers) will have softened, and they will taste just like cake !!

OK, here goes: The recipe calls for Nabisco chocolate wafer cookies, but some people have a hard time finding them (and they are expensive), that's why I'm suggesting CHOCOLATE graham crackers work equally as well (I think the chocolate graham crackers even taste better than these wafer cookies).

 
The recipe also calls for homemade whipping cream.  You can use Cool Whip if you have to, but it won't be as TASTY as homemade whipped cream:

3 cups heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla Extract

Beat these ingredients with an electric mixer (on high) until stiff peaks form, but don't over whip because it starts to taste like butter.

HINT: If you live in a hot climate, put your bowl and beaters in the freezer for 5 minutes (to cool them down) before making the whipped cream.

Now, it's time to assemble:  make 4 stacks of cookies (or chocolate graham crackers) 9 cookies high, putting some whipped cream in between each cookie, like this:


Next, lay the stacks on a serving plate next to each other (not end to end). They will want to smoosh around a little, but a very flat thin spatula will help you lift and maneuver each stack. It should look like this:

It's important to arrange them like this, so that when you serve this cake, you will be cutting ACROSS the cookies (the reason will be more obvious in the following photos.

Next cover the whole "cake" with a nice thick layer of whipped cream, like this:


Decorate (or don't decorate) the top of it with whatever you like: nuts, crushed candies, sprinkles, etc.

Cover lightly with plastic wrap and
chill overnight before you serve.
 
When it comes time to serve, cut the cake with a sharp, thin bladed, knife. It will slice through the softened cookies easily.
 
 
See why it's important to arrange the cookies cross wise, so when you cut it, you get this impressive design?
 
Store, covered, in the fridge and be prepared for recipe requests.
 
 
ENJOY !!!




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HOT FUDGE SUNDAY CAKE FOR MOTHERS DAY

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The first time I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it because it had a lot of things going for it. First and foremost, it is an ooey-gooey chocolate dream. Secondly, there are no mixing bowls (you mix it right in the baking pan). Thirdly, it does not require any special ingredients (not even butter or eggs). And finally, this super-tender chocolate cake bakes on top of a rich hot fudge sauce…need I say more?

¾ cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup white sugar
½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
(divided)1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups boiling water
1½ teaspoons instant coffee granules
Vanilla ice cream


Preheat oven to 350°. In an (un-greased) 8”x8” baking pan, mix flour, white sugar, ¼ cup of the cocoa, baking powder and salt (stir it up to combine); add the milk and oil and stir until the batter is well mixed.

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Mix the brown sugar and ¼ cup of cocoa together and sprinkle evenly over the batter (DO NOT MIX IT IN).
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Combine the boiling water, vanilla and instant coffee and gently pour it over everything (DO NOT MIX IT IN).
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Bake for 35 minutes (the hot fudge sauce will bubble up from underneath and around the edges of the cake as it bakes). Allow this to cool for 15 minutes before you serve it (just make sure it's very warm when you serve it).
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To serve, top a slice of cake with scoop of vanilla ice cream and spoon the hot fudge sauce (from the bottom of the pan)over the ice cream.

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As simple as this dessert is…it is just unique enough (and delicious enough) for company as well.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GRANNY's CREAM CHEESE POUND CAKE

Don't let this unassuming photo deter you from this recipe. This is, by far, one of the best cakes we've ever had. It is everything you want in a pound cake... it is tender, it has a very fine crumb, it is sweet, rich and buttery. Whether you are slicing it up for the perfect strawberry shortcake or serving it with a big scoop of ice cream, this is the perfect cake ...even for the most picky guests!!
At our house, we seldom even frost this, we just snack on it till it's gone.......it is THAT good.

 
 
 

1 1/2 cups butter at room temperature (important)
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature(important)
3 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs at room temperature (important)
3 cups cake flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract

In a LARGE bowl, with electric mixer, beat the room temperature butter for about a minute.  Add the room temperature cream cheese and beat for two more minutes (it should look light and fluffy). It is very important that both of these ingredients are at room temperature.

Gradually sprinkle in the sugar (while your mixer is running) 1/2 cup at a time; beat well.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Mix in extracts.

Measure out 3 cups of CAKE FLOUR and 1/8 tsp. salt, then sift it all.  Add slowly to butter mixture, on low speed, mixing well after each addition.

Generously grease AND flour a 10" bundt pan (don't use cooking spray)   Bake in preheated 300 degree oven for 1 hour 40 minutes, or till toothpick tests clean.

 

 
Fairly nondescript looking, but don't let that sway you.  The genius of this recipe is in the taste. The combination of butter and cream cheese makes this cake to die for moist and rich.

Let the cake cool, in the pan, for 15 minutes before you turn it out, then cover it with plastic wrap, directly on the surface of the hot cake, until it is completely cool. Frost as desired.

 


 
NOTE:  Yes, 300 degree oven is correct.

NOTE: Don't be tempted to grease your pan with vegetable spray. Make sure you grease and flour your pan well (tap out excess flour).

NOTE: Make sure you sift the cake flour. I know it is a pain, but cake flour tends to clump more than all purpose flour, so this step is important. You CAN make this cake with all purpose flour, but you won't get that very fine crumb that is so delicious.

ENJOY !!!