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Easy Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Oh, my!  I just had to share this recipe from The Country Cook with my readers!  

*Disclaimer:  This is not a low carb recipe…but oh how I wish it was!  🙂

A few weeks ago before I started the HHCG diet, I made this easy, yummy coffee cake.  It has a secret ingredient that helps make it easy…pancake mix!  I just happened to have all the ingredients so I threw it together and I was so happy I did.

Hurry over to The Country Cook’s blog to get this easy recipe and make it this weekend.  You know you want to!  🙂

My breakfast that day…

I’ve been tagged! Easter Recipe Roundup

My friend Judy from The Southern Lady Cooks has tagged me in a game of Easter Tag.  I have to make a virtual Easter meal using food and recipes that I’ve already posted on my blog.

I am going to create an Easter meal with pictures for you.  Click on the photo for the recipe.  Let’s have some fun and celebrate Easter!

Note:  Since I am on the HCG diet, I will not be having this meal for Easter, only dreaming about it!  😀

Since I don’t have a Ham recipe which is normally what I’d be having for Easter, I’m going to suggest a yummy Pot Roast with Root Veggies.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower would go quite nicely with the roast, I think.  🙂

It doesn’t seem that I’ve done a post on Skillet Fried Green Beans, but they’re a staple at our house, so I’m sure they’d be somewhere on the table.

And then my favorite, Layered Salad with that yummy tart dressing!

No holiday meal is complete without some homemade rolls.

Heavenly Yeast Rolls are just right!

Wow!  I’m getting hungry!  lol

And for dessert…

Aunt Mary’s Special Cake with Strawberries or Chocolate Sauce!

and

Easy Butterfinger Pie!

and most of all…

Have a very Happy Easter!

Layered Peanut Butter Cake

I made this several months ago and wanted to share it here. 

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Layered Peanut Butter Cake
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix
2/3 cup water
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Frosting:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
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Chocolate Drizzle:
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Powdered sugar as needed for thickening.
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Directions:
Preheat oven to 325º.  Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
Combine 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup (1 stick)  butter.  Cream until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each.  Add cake mix alternately with the water.   Stir until just combined.
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Pour batter into prepared pans.  Bake at 325º  for 25 minutes or until cake bounces back to the touch.   Allow cakes to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out on a cooling rack to cool completely. Assemble and frost with Peanut Butter Frosting once cool.
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To Make Peanut Butter Frosting:   Combine 1 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup butter.   Cream together until light and fluffy.   Add the powdered (confectioners’) sugar.  Mix in enough cream to make the frosting of a spreading consistency.  Apply to cool cake.
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To make Chocolate Drizzle: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and microwave at 70% power for 2 minutes.   Stir and cool.  Drizzle over top of cake.
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Today I’m linking with

Recipe Rerun and a Happy Friday to you!

I made this twice in the past few days and plan on making it again this weekend.

It has to be THE easiest and best cake I’ve every made! with the fewest ingredients.

I’ve discovered you can even make it in a bread pan and call it Applesauce Nut Bread!

(Click on the picture for the recipe)

Here’s something I do to make this cake extra tasty:

I always grease/butter/or spray the bottom of the cake dish or bread pan then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  I do this on top as well when I’m baking it in a bread pan and don’t plan on glazing the bread.  I suppose you could do it even if you do glaze the “bread”.  It adds a little yum-yum flavor!

Bake it.  Soon.

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Glazed Applesauce Pecan Snack Cake (no eggs)

Being blessed with several containers of applesauce,

I went in search of an easy applesauce cake or bread recipe.

I’m all about easy and quick recipes.

I like to know there’s something yummy baking in the oven

while I’m surfing the web or working on my

ever-growing pile of laundry,

but I don’t want to spend a lot of time

on a recipe with tons of ingredients that I probably

don’t have anyway.

Yesterday the girls and my hubby went sledding (again!)

and so I decided to use up some of the applesauce

I’d been blessed with. I thought it’d be nice to

come home to a cozy warm house smelling of sugar and cinnamon.

I found an easy  recipe and  tweaked it according to my preferences.

The result was wonderful!

(That’s right – no eggs!)

Quick. Simple. Easy.

Here’s my version.  Make it soon!

Glazed Applesauce Pecan Snack Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

pecan pieces, optional

Preheat oven to 350º.   Grease and flour a 9 inch square baking dish.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl or with a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Dissolve baking soda into applesauce and mix into creamed butter.  Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared dish.  Sprinkle pecan pieces over cake batter.  Bake at 350º for 30 -40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

1 T milk

2 T melted butter

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Mix together and drizzle over slightly cooled cake.

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Pecan Pie Bars

My mother-in-love’s country yard is filled

with flowers and trees.

 

Once upon a time, these flowers

gave her much pleasure, but gone are the

days of working in the flower beds ’til dark.  At 74 and not in

the best of health,

she doesn’t have as much energy

to work like she once did.

Among the Crepe Myrtles and Peonies stands a big Pecan tree.

Its branches spread across the grassy lawn and provide

wonderful shade on a hot summer day.

My girls have many fond memories of playing

on the swing set there in the shade of the

big pecan tree on a sunny day and picking up pecans

with Grandma on a

chilly, windy late Fall day.

 

Every year many pounds of pecans are picked up, carried inside and the

process of shelling and cleaning begins.

At 82, Papa’s eyesight is failing him and he sits in his easy chair

and shells the  pecans by feeling them, then

passes them to Grandma or one

of the grandkids to do the cleaning.

Once they’re throughly cleaned, most likely

with a toothbrush, they’re put  in bags and into the freezer.

Sometimes she’ll grab out a few and stick them in the oven to roast.

Once placed on the table, the bowl is emptied

in record time.

 

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This year, she sent home a large bag of shelled, chopped pecans

for my daughter to use in Pecan Pies

for Thanksgiving.

I used what was left in making these tasty bars which I

shared with friends and coworkers.

If you like Pecan Pie, you’ll love this yummy bar version.

I’ve been making it for many years and

it’s definitely a “tried and true” recipe.

Hope you enjoy!

 

 Pecan Pie Bars

Crust:

1 (18.25-ounce) package butter-flavor cake mix
1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 egg

Filling:

1 cup  sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13-by-9-inch pan.

Combine the cake mix, softened butter and 1 egg.  Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan and a little up the sides to hold the filling.  Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven.

In the meantime, using a large bowl or your Kitchenaid mixer, combine  sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and 3 eggs at low speed until well mixed.   Beat 1 minute at medium speed or until well-blended.

Stir in pecan pieces.

Pour filling mixture over warm base. Bake an additional 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool completely. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

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Papa & Grandma Golden

 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

So simple yet so delicious!

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What to to with 2 nice bunches of very ripe bananas, but bake?!  This cake is made with a recipe I’ve been using since the early 90’s.   It is very simple, with few ingredients, but it is so delicious and moist!

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I usually top it with a Brown Sugar Glaze, but since I had cream cheese, this time I decided to make a traditional Cream Cheese Frosting for the cake.

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BANANA CAKE

1/2 cup shortening or butter (I used softened butter)

1 cup sugar (or Swerve)

2 eggs

1 cup (2 med) bananas, mashed

1 1/4 cups self rising flour (or low carb baking mix, or even Carbquik)

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Cream shortening (or butter) and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.   Add flour to mashed bananas and mix well.  Next, add the banana and flour mixture to the cake batter.  Stir well.  Pour into greased pan.  Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until cake is browned on top and springs back to the touch.

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***NOTE- I used a 7 x 11 glass baking dish and the cake rose to the top of the dish and was fairly thick.  The layer could be sliced and a filling added to make a 2 layer cake.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter
1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
½ teaspoon of vanilla

3 ½ cups of powdered sugar (or Swerve Confectioners)

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In a medium sized mixing bowl cream the butter and cream cheese together.  Add the vanilla.  Slowly add the powdered sugar.  When you are adding the powdered sugar, use a low speed on the mixer.   After you have it all in, put up on a medium to high speed.   Mix the frosting until it is fluffy.

Make sure your cake is completely cooled and spread the cream cheese frosting on it.

More delicious cakes:

Layered Peanut Butter Cake

Applesauce Snack Cake (Egg Free)

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (sugar free)

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Special Cake with Fudge Sauce

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The strawberries were gone too soon.

But, there was still plenty of Aunt Mary’s Special Cake to be eaten.  I recalled my Mom’s  famous Skillet Cake and Fudge Sauce that I always requested for my birthday.  This recipe is not like hers, but it was quite yummy and was gone very soon.  I even had to make another batch to finish off the Special Cake.  My oldest daughter couldn’t get enough of it.  I think she had it for supper one night along with another piece (or two) for dessert!

I just kinda threw this together and here’s my sketchy instructions.

Microwave Fudge Sauce

1 square of semi-sweet baking chocolate
1/3 stick butter
1/4 cup cream or sweet milk
powdered/confectioner sugar (as much as needed for taste and consistency – I think I used a cup or more)

Place chocolate, butter, and milk in a microwave dish.
Cook on high for 2-3 minutes.  Stir until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Begin to add confectioner sugar, stirring after each addition until desired sauce consistency is achieved.

Aunt Mary’s Special Cake with Strawberries

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Several years ago I had a chance

to go through Aunt Mary’s little recipe box.  I copied down the recipes that I thought I might like to make and read through those that I remembered her making.  There was Date Nut Cake, Chess Pie, Pecan Crisp Cookies and even a recipe on stationery sent from a friend along with a greeting and personal  note.  One that stood out to me was hid near the back of the box, with no name other than Cake.  Not wanting it to get lost in my files I renamed it “Special Cake”.

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Over the years, I’ve made Special Cake several times, usually during the summer to go with strawberries and fresh whipped cream.  My oldest daughter happens to love Strawberry Shortcake.

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I made it again this weekend and decided to use my new bundt pan (can you call it a pan if it’s ceramic?) from Williams-Sonoma that was a gift from my dear youngest brother.  Here’s a similar cake pan if you’re looking for something a little different.  This glass bundt cake pan is very unusual and surprisingly afforable!

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My cake wanted to stick a little and didn’t brown as well as the one on the cake pan lable, even after baking for 45 minutes.  I took a slice of it and cubed it up for Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.  Check out these cute individual trifle dishes!

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Don’t you just love spring?  Spring brings us those delicious little red bits of delectable fruit we call strawberries.  Aunt Mary brought me a Special Cake recipe to use with that delicious fruit,  along with many wonderful memories.

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Happy Spring and happy Strawberry Shortcake Season!

Read more about Aunt Mary’s life and recipes

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Coconut Pecan Frosting

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I don’t usually care for German Chocolate Cake

with Coconut Pecan Frosting.  I’m not sure what it is.  I love chocolate cake and I love the Coconut Pecan Frosting, but the two together have never impressed me.  I’ve really tried to like it…what is there not to like?

So, having all the ingredients on hand and wanting to try a new-to-me recipe, I decided to use that chocolate cake mix that I had picked up on sale and top it with a delicious homemade Coconut Pecan Frosting.  I skipped the ton of cookbooks that I have and immediately Googled for the recipe.

Here’s the “traditional” recipe.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, half-and-half, or heavy cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked sweetened dried coconut
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped pecans

Combine sugar, milk, egg yolks, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the mixture is thickened and bubbling gently around the edges. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans. Let cool until spreadable. This keeps, refrigerated, for about 1 week. Soften before using.  The only change I made was to use 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream.

The frosting turned out to be delicious, the cake was another thing…drier than usual.  Most everyone was eating the frosting and tossing the cake!  So that’s a mistake I hope to never make again. 

I’d like to make the Coconut Pecan Frosting again, but top a different cake.  Maybe a Fresh Apple Cake…or a Piña Colada Cake…or a yummy Sour Cream Pound Cake.  Maybe I could use the  Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe.  

The options are endless!   What do you think?

My Valentine and Chocolate Cake

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My Valentine gift turned 11 this year. 

I made her a layered chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing.  This started out being for the cake eaters at her party, since she had requested an ice cream cake from the local Dairy Queen.  DQ Ice cream cake has no cake and I wanted some cake, myself. 

After she saw this cake, she changed her mind on the DQ idea and I picked up some Vanilla & Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream to go with the cake.  No Neopolitan this time! 

Handyman grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and talked to the adults (family) while the kids (8 of them) played outside.  There was some type of mystery they were investigating.  They’re all into Nancy Drew at this age and are intrigued by any type of mysterious finding!

After her party, we went to the mall to spend some of that birthday money.  She found a fluttery cream and brown skirt, a cream sweater and a fancy top.  At Claire’s she got a small coin purse and at Bath and Body she got shimmery lip gloss.  She had a blast shopping and enjoyed her birthday very much!

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Below is one of the best chocolate cakes you’ll ever eat.  This recipe was given to me by a friend years ago and happens to be my mom’s favorite cake.  It can be made as a sheet cake or a layered cake.

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

2 C sugar
2 C flour
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 T baking soda
1 C buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 cup baking cocoa dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water.
 
Mix all together.  Bake at 350 until done, about 40 minutes or until
toothpick comes clean.

Chocolate Buttercream Icing

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • In a mixing bowl, cream  cocoa, butter, heavy cream and vanilla. Add confectioners’ sugar until desired spreading consisteny.  This makes a stiff icing.  If you desire thinner icing, add small amounts hot water or hot black coffee until desired spreading consistency is reached.

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