Rustic Chocolate “Naked” Wedding Cake

Rustic Chocolate "Naked" Wedding Cake

Rustic Chocolate “Naked” Wedding Cake

Latest wedding cake for my friend Sidney who wanted a chocolate naked cake!  It was fun to make, almost matches the log that it was sitting on.  The cake is adapted from the White Almond Sour Cream Cake recipe that I love and the frosting is my ever favorite Buttercream Icing.  I love making cakes for friends and being a small part of their special days.  Congrats to Sidney and Jesse!

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

Brown Sugar Snickers Cake with Caramel Icing

It was Bob’s birthday on Friday and he loves Snickers Bars so I decided to make him a Snickers birthday cake.  It was delicious!

cake

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup sugar

3 sticks butter, softened

5 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup milk

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 (8 oz) bag Snickers Unwrapped Bites

icing

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

chopped up Snickers regular size or fun size bars

1  For the cake, preheat oven to 325.  Liberally grease bundt pan with flour cooking spray.

2  Cream together brown sugar, white sugar and butter until fluffy about 3 minutes.  Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until incorporated, followed by vanilla.

3  Alternate adding flour and milk gradually to batter, ending with milk then add in baking powder.  Stir in bag of Snickers bites by hand.

4  Bake for 60 – 70 minutes until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan 15 – 20 minutes before inverting onto serving platter.  Cool completely before icing.

5  For the icing, in a shallow saucepan, thoroughly whisk together brown sugar and flour.  Stir in butter and milk and cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a rolling boil.  Boil 1 1/2 minutes.

6  Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes.  Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to thicken.  Mix in vanilla and continue beating for no more than 1 – 2 minutes.

7  Drizzle over cooled cake immediately then quickly sprinkle chopped up Snickers bars over the frosting.

cake recipe from The Domestic Rebel

caramel frosting recipe from All Recipes

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

Death By Chocolate Cookie Bars

I’m not gonna lie, I’m eating one of these for second breakfast while I type this post.  They are delicious!  And easy!  And did I mention delicious? You should try them.  Right now!  What are you waiting for? GO!

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 (3.9 oz) package chocolate instant pudding mix

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup white chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup for topping

3/4 cup chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup for topping

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 9 x 13″ pan lightly with cooking spray.

2  Cream together butter, brown sugar, pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla until mixture gets lighter in color.

3  In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt then add to wet mixture and mix until combined.

4  Stir in white chocolate chips and chocolate chips by hand.  Press dough mixture onto bottom of pan, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of each kind of chip, then press chips lightly into batter.

5  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until no longer wet looking in middle.

recipe from I Dig Pinterest

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake with Flowers

I got to try out a new cake frosting technique on this wedding cake for my friend Shannon.  It was stressful but fun!  This is a chocolate cake (click here for cake recipe) with buttercream frosting (click here for frosting recipe).  The bottom layer is 8″ and the top is 6″.  Below is another picture without the flowers on the cake so you can see the frosting stripes a little better.

Buttercream Striped Wedding Cake

Congratulations to Shannon and Tom!  Thanks for making me a part of your special day!

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Sheet Cake

Made this for Father’s Day and even though I don’t really like Strawberry Shortcake (not enough chocolate for me), it was pretty good and a little easier than traditional Strawberry Shortcake.

cake

1 box white cake mix

1 (3.9 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs whites

whipped cream cheese layer

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

2 – 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1  For the cake, preheat oven to 350.  Spray a large jelly roll pan (15 x 10 x 1″ with cooking spray.

2  Beat together all cake ingredients on low for about two minutes until batter is smooth.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in center.  Let cool.

3  For the topping, Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Fold in Cool Whip and stir until well combined.  Spread over cake.  Place in fridge for 30 minutes or until ready to serve.  Top with berries.

recipe from Six Sisters Stuff

Better Corn on the Cob

Better Corn on the Cob

Better Corn on the Cob

We had corn on the cob as part of Bob’s Father’s Day dinner yesterday and I tried out this trick I’d heard about and it made amazing corn on the cob!  All you do is add 1 cup milk and 1 stick of butter to the boiling water before you add the corn.  Let the butter melt (cutting it into smaller pieces will help it melt faster) before adding the corn in, then just cook as usual for about 5 minutes or so.  You won’t even need to butter the corn before you eat it!  You can thank me later!  Happy Summer everyone!

Red Velvet Naked Wedding Cake/The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Ever

Red Velvet Naked Wedding Cake

Red Velvet Naked Wedding Cake

My nephew Wyett married his fiance Kelli yesterday and Kelli asked if I would make the cake for them, I happily said yes and here it is.  She wanted a red velvet naked cake with cream cheese frosting.  You can find the recipe I used for the cake here and you can find the recipe for the frosting below.  My sister in law Laurie helped put the flowers on the cake and I think it came out really cute.  Congrats to Wyett and Kelli!

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting Ever

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

2 – 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla, I used clear vanilla to keep the frosting as white as possible

Beat all ingredients on low.  Start with 2 tablespoons whipping cream and add as much as needed to achieve desired frosting consistency.

recipe from Gluten Free Gigi