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Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cake February 25, 2013

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This deliciously decadent cake is a family recipe from my parents’ restaurant when I was little. I can remember one of my many little jobs as a child at the restaurant was cutting up the Reese cups for this cake EVERY DAY! They sold almost an entire cake everyday at the restaurant and the piece or two leftover was always being fought over by the employees. We were like vultures with this cake. The last piece came into the kitchen and we flocked to it and dug our claws in. Looking back I think of us as animals clawing through the cake, shoving each other out of the way…Obviously, that’s not exactly how it happened. I picture the scene in Mean Girls when she flies over the table and attacks the girl, that was us, with this cake. Yeah, it’s really that good. I don’t even like chocolate OR peanut butter!

So for my niece’s birthday and my brother in-law’s birthday we had a little get together tonight at my in-law’s house. I was in charge of dessert, so I made the cake. I chose this, because every single birthday, no matter whose it is, we have chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. It’s Andrew’s whole family’s favorite cake. I figured this would be perfect! You can also find this recipe on my mom’s blog, at this link. I haven’t changed the recipe at all because it’s so perfect the way it originally was. Here it is! Enjoy!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cake

Ingredients:

1 Box Chocolate or Devil’s Food Cake

Approximately 8 regular sized Reese Cups, chopped
Bake according to box directions in two 9inch pans. Cut top off of one cake once finished, set aside for cooling.

Frosting Ingredients:

4 Heaping TBSP Peanut Butter, Smooth

1 Stick Butter, Room Temperature

3 Cups Confectioners Sugar

4 OZ Cream Cheese

1/8 -1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

Beat peanut butter and butter together until smooth. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and beat in cream cheese and cream until desired consistency.

Frost top of cut top cake almost to edges. Place second cake layer on top. Frost entire cake and sprinkle Reese Cups on top. Drizzle chocolate syrup over top if desired.

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And the scraps were good too! I just couldn’t wait to I saved a little frosting and got my fill before dinner!

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Enjoy!

 

Cranberry Vanilla Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting February 22, 2013

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I spent so long drooling over this cake in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine until I finally had a reason to make it. I decided that since we were having Thanksgiving at our new home this year, this would be the perfect dessert for our dinner. I had so much to do, as it was my very first Thanksgiving dinner, so I stayed up all night the night before and prepared it. It really wasn’t difficult, it was just a lot of steps. I prepared everything the night before and then frosted and put together the cake in the morning. I waited until just before we ate to sugar the cranberries so the sugar wouldn’t melt off. It was probably one of the best cakes I have ever had, or made, and I was shocked because the cranberries really didn’t excite me at all. I was thinking of switching to raspberry instead, but I decided against it. I would, however, recommend using raspberries another time because it would be fantastic both ways. I linked the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, however I did change a few things and I think next time I may just use box cake, as it is just as moist and much quicker. I think box cake is just as good, if not better than homemade. Maybe the ease of only adding egg and water makes it seem better, but I see no significant difference aside from preparation. I hope you all find the time to make this delightful treat and enjoy it as much as all of us did, it definitely got rave reviews.

Cranberry Vanilla Cake

Ingredients:

6 egg whites

1/2 Cup White Vinegar, 1/2 Cup Milk Mixed, OR 1 Cup Buttermilk

2 1/4 Cups Cake Flour OR Reduce All Purpose Flour by 2 TBSP and add 2 TBSP of cornstarch. Mix well.

1 3/4 Cups Sugar

4 TSP Baking Powder

1 TBSP Vanilla Extract

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

1  12 OZ  Package Frozen Cranberries, Thawed

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 TBSP Orange Juice

1/4 TSP Ground Cinnamon

1/8 TSP Ground Ginger

1/8 TSP Ground Cloves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine egg whites and buttermilk mixture and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Grease and flour cake pans. Mix together flour, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and baking powder.

Stir vanilla into buttermilk and egg mixture.

Beat butter, stir in flour mixture.

Stir in buttermilk mixture and mix well until smooth.

Pour batter into cake pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until done.

Cranberry Filling: Combine cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and orange juice in saucepan. Boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes or until cranberries pop and filling starts to thicken. Mash cranberries and transfer to a bowl to cool.

To assemble cake: Cut top from first cake layer so it’s flat. Spread cranberry filling into middle leaving approximately 1/4-1/2 inch around edges of cake. Top with second cake layer. Spread Cream cheese frosting over entire cake.

Garnish with sugared cranberries and lemon peel spirals.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:

2  8 OZ Packages of Cream Cheese

3/4 Cup Softened Butter

3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Directions:

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar and lemon juice. At this time, you may also beat in milk to desired consistency. I peronally, did not have to add any milk, although I tend to not measure, so if you measure you may come out with a different consistency, or, some people desire a thicker or thinner version. It really just depends on how you like it, it does not change the flavor. If you add milk, beat in 1 TBSP at a time until you are happy with it.

 

I know it seems like an extensive cake, but like I said, if you decide to use a boxed cake just add in the few ingredients that are not in a box cake normally, and it will cut it down. The cranberry filling was quick and easy and delicious and if you use raspberry follow the same instructions and same ingredients.

PLEASE find time to make this delicious cake and ENJOY!

 

The Best Nachos On The Planet February 3, 2013

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These are the most delicious nachos I have ever had. There is a long lived family secret, and I have never met anybody who disagreed. My friends always say these are my “secret awesome nachos” and I am constantly being begged for the secret. It’s really not much of a secret, it’s just an unconventional, yet amazing, use of two ingredients. I made these for the Super Bowl Party, and EVERYBODY raved!  At the restaurant when I was younger all the customers would order the ‘famous’ nachos. It’s called Jalapeno Cream Cheese. The greatest invention ever known to man. First I will give the recipe for that, very easy and quick, and then I will tell you how to put together these amazing nachos!

Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 8oz package of Cream Cheese

I bottle Diced Jalapenos

In a food processor, add entire package of cream cheese, and jalapenos and juice. The amount depends on how spicy you want it. Add just a little at first, and then taste it. Keep adding until you reach a good level of spicy. I like it really spicy, so I usually put about a half bottle of diced jalapenos and then tablespoon at a time of liquid until it is blended. If you do not have a food processor, (which I didn’t until this Christmas…THANK YOU ANDREW MY DARLING!!!!) you can chop the jalapenos as finely as possible and mix by hand or with a hand mixer or stand mixer. It takes a little more time and elbow grease, but still comes out great. Spoon into piping bag or plastic baggie with a hole in the corner for squirting.

Delicious Chicken Nachos

1 Package Boneless Skinless Chicken

1 Bag Shredded Cheese

1 Can Black Beans

1 Bottle Corn and Black Bean Salsa

1 Bag Jalapeno Cream Cheese

1 Bag Tortilla Chips

Lay chips out flat on baking pan, preheat oven to 375º. Squirt jalapeno cream cheese all over chips, spread salsa evenly on chips, and sprinkle rinsed black beans over salsa. Then, cover with cheese, cook chicken in pan with salt and pepper and chopped into small chunks. Sprinkle chicken all over nachos, sprinkle small amount of cheese on top, bake until cheese is melted.

The jalapeno cream cheese seriously makes these the most amazing things you will ever taste…feel free to substitute chicken for any type of meat or no meat, add more or less beans or corn, increase or decrease salsa and cream cheese amounts. I like a lot of everything, but my husband likes less of everything so I usually do half and half. Good luck!

Enjoy!!

 

 
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