Posts Tagged ‘Cake’

Coca Cola Cake

Way back in July, my in-laws treated me to dinner at Cracker Barrel for my birthday.  The food was so yummy and the highlight was dessert-Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.  Oh-my-goodness!  It was just a rich and decadent as it sounds.  One day at work, I was talking about this cake and one of my co-workers said that she had made it before.  Silly me had not thought about searching for a copy recipe but I did and found one on MayFlaum.com. This is so good and so decadent and so rich!  I could go on and on, but I won’t.  I will just show you the recipe so you can go quickly and make one for yourself and your family.

Here are two little notes before that though: 1. I left out the pecans and powdered sugar in the ingredients photo.  I didn’t read far enough into the recipe before I took the picture.  Oops!  2. I made this in two 8” baking pans instead of one 9×13” pan because I was sharing with C’s parents.

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3 sticks unsalted butter, divided

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

1 1/2 cup Coca-cola, divided

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 cups powdered sugar

1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13×9” baking dish.  Sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 sticks of butter with 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup Coca-cola and 1/2 cup buttermilk.  Cook until it boils.

Add the boiled mixture to the flour mixture and combine.  Then add eggs and vanilla extract.  Pour the batter into the baking pan and cook for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.




During the last 10 minutes of baking, prepare the glaze.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining 1 stick of butter with 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1/2 cup Coca-cola.  Let this come to a boil and then remove from heat.  Beat in the 4 cups of powdered sugar and stir in the chopped pecans.  Pour the warm glaze over the hot cake.  Let the cake cool for a little while and then DIG IN!!!






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Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

A little while ago, I paid a visit to Jackson’s Orchard and purchased a peck of Jonathan apples so I had to find new apple recipes to try.  This recipe was published in Southern Living a few months ago and I knew it would be a perfect test for fresh apples.  This cake turned out great!  The apples and cream cheese swirl kept the cake moist for days and the caramel topping was so good.

In fact, this is one of those cakes that is better a day or two after it is baked.  It just gets moister and more flavorful.  Do you have a fall potluck or party to go to?  Take this and everyone will be in apple heaven!

Note: I am not including quite as many photos as usual since this recipe is quite long already.  All of the methods used are pretty basic.

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Apple Cake Batter:

1 cup finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples (The original recipe called for Galas, but I used Jonathans.)

For the Praline Frosting:

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

3 tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

Prepare the Filling:

Beat the cream cheese, butter, and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended and smooth.  Add the egg, flour and vanilla.  Beat just until blended.

Prepare the Batter:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with non-stick spray and cover with flour. (Or do like I do and use Baker’s Joy.)  Stir together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and allspice.  Then add the eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla; stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Stir in the apples and pecans.

Spoon 2/3 of the apple batter into the prepared pan.  Spoon the cream cheese filling over the batter, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the pan.  Swirl the filling through the apple batter using a knife.  Spoon the remaining batter over the filling.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center come out clean.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out on a cooling rack and let the cake cool down completely.

Prepare the Frosting:

Bring the brown sugar, butter, and milk to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.  Boil for 1 minute while still whisking constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Gradually whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth; stir gently for 3-5 minutes or until the frosting begins to cool and thickens slightly.  Pour immediately over the cooled cake.






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This recipe was a tease for a few weeks on the Menu Plan Monday posts because I just couldn’t seem to get it made. Well, I finally did and it was very good!  The cake part is just a plain yellow cake made from a mix which is good, but the boiled icing made it great!  The cooked frosting sets up until it is almost fudge like in consistency, so work fast after you take it off the heat.

The story behind this recipe in the Southern Plate cookbook is so cute.  I won’t pass it on here since it is not my family story to share, but go get this book and read it!  It is really sweet!

1 box yellow cake mix

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

7 Tbsp. milk

2 Tbsp. shortening

2 Tbsp. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


Prepare the cake mix according to package directions, baking it in a 9×13” baking dish. (Note: I used 2 square 8” dishes because I was taking this to 2 different places.)

While the cake is cooling, combine the sugar, milk, shortening, butter, and salt in a medium heavy saucepan.  Bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.  Once it reaches a rolling boil, stop stirring and let boil for 1-2 minutes, or until it reaches the soft-ball stage.



Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla and peanut butter.  Beat until smooth and quickly spread over the cake.



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This recipe is June’s edition of the Southern Plate-Picture Perfect Cooking project and I have to admit that I had my doubts about this one.  I used to love fruit cocktail when I was a kid, but had not eaten it in years.  When I read this recipe I was intrigued, but I wasn’t sure how putting these ingredients together could come out as a delicious cake.  Well, it does! 

You don’t really know there is fruit cocktail in the cake because all of the fruit just seems to bake into the batter and makes this so moist.  Oh, then there is the business of the sauce that goes on top.  Oh. My. Goodness.  The sauce is amazing!  I may try to make the sauce with brown sugar instead of white sugar and see if it comes out like a praline sauce.  Yum!  Try this and you will not be disappointed!

There was one little change I made.  I do not like flaked coconut and the sauce recipe calls for it.  I just left it out and the sauce was still delicious.  Below is the original recipe, but the photos included will not show the coconut.

For The Cake:

2 cups self-rising flour

one 15oz can fruit cocktail

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13×9” baking dish.  With an electric mixer, combine all of the cake ingredients and beat at low speed for about 2 minutes.  Pour into the pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.




For the sauce:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

While the cake is in the oven, make the sauce.  Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, whisking to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar.  Boil for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is completely incorporated. 

Using a toothpick, poke many small holes in the top of the hot cake and pour the sauce over.  Let it set for about an hour and enjoy!






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Below is the next installment of the Picture Perfect Cooking-Southern Plate Project for your enjoyment.  I really hope you try this little snack cake because it was so easy and oh-so-good! The weekend that I made it I had another dessert planned, but I realized that I had forgotten to get one crucial ingredient so I had to change horses midstream, so to speak.  It’s really hard to make a lemon cake without lemons!  Oops!

I went searching for a substitute for which I had all of the ingredients and found this little gem.  We love bananas and the flavor of this is awesome!  It makes a great dessert, but also makes a darn good breakfast with some orange juice or coffee on the side.

For the cake:

3 bananas, peeled

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

1 cup milk

1 cup chopped nuts, optional (I used pecans.)

2 cups self-rising flour

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the crumb topping:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup flour (any kind)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8×8” baking pans.  Place the bananas in the bowl of a mixer and add the sugar.  Mix until the bananas are liquefied.



Add the butter and mix until creamed together.  Add the remaining cake ingredients and blend well.


In a separate bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients and blend together until crumbly.  I used my hands to do this, but you can also use a long-tined fork.


Pour one quarter of the batter into each pan and top with one quarter of the crumb mixture.  Repeat this step with remaining batter and crumbs.  Bake for 45 minutes to one hour until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Serve from the pan. 

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If you recall, a few weeks ago on a Thoughtful Thursday post, I said I was starting a Southern Plate-Picture Perfect Cooking Project a la the Julia/Julie Project.  Well, here is my first official entry!

This is Southern semi-homemade at its finest, combining a yummy chocolate cake with a rich milky caramel sauce topped with crushed candy bars and whipped topping.  What’s not to like about all of that?  If all of Southern Plate’s recipes turn out this good, this project is going to be fun!

The only little, teeny-tiny change I made was to the cake mix.  The original recipe called for a devil’s food cake mix and all I had was a milk chocolate so I just used that instead.  You can use either one you like.

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 jar caramel ice cream topping

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed

6 fun-size Butterfinger candy bars


Prepare the cake according to package directions in a 13×9” baking dish.  A few minutes before the cake is done, combine the caramel ice cream topping and sweetened condensed milk.


As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, poke holes in it with a big fork.  Go crazy and put as many holes are you want.  Pour the sauce over the cake and allow it to set at room temperature for about 45 minutes.  Notice how all of that good sauce soaks right in.

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Chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight like I did.  Crush the candy bars with a rolling pin.  Sprinkle about 2/3 of the crumbs over the cake and top with the whipped topping.  Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the topping and enjoy!

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Apple Dapple Cake

Since I started reading blogs about two years ago, I have been amazed at the number of different recipes that are available.  Even now, I will still stumble upon blogs that are new to me and be inspired by the writer’s information.  One blog that I have recently started following is Southern Plate and it has quickly become one of my favorites!

This recipe is from that site and it is a wonderful use of fresh apples that are readily available now.  I used Jonathan apples that were purchased at Jackson’s Orchard which I wrote about here.  The Jonathans give this cake a nice crunch since they hold their shape and texture so well after baking.  I highly recommend making this cake a day before it is to be served to let the sauce really soak in throughout the cake.  Enjoy!!

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups raw apples, peeled & chopped fine

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a tube or Bundt pan with nonstick spray and coat with flour.  Sift together flour, salt and soda; set aside.  Mix oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture to the oil mixture.  Fold in pecans and apples.  Pour into the pan and bake for 60-65 minutes.

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About 5 minutes before the cake is done, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Mix and cook until it begins to boil, then allow the sauce to boil for 3 minutes.  As soon as the cake and sauce are both done, poke holes in the cake (which is still in the pan) and pour the sauce over the cake.  Let the sauce completely soak into the cake before removing it from the pan.

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