Feb 232017

This is a doctored up cake mix recipe and it’s one of my favorites!   Lately, I’ve been skipping the German chocolate if I don’t have it on hand and it turns out just as good.  I’ve added a few tablespoons of flour to the cake mix due to the new smaller sizes (15.25oz) of most cake mixes on the market.

yellow cake mix, plus 3 T flour
8 oz chocolate chips
4 oz German chocolate, grated
1 pkg. (3.9 oz) vanilla instant pudding
8 oz sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup water

Grease and flour bundt pan or use a 9×13 pan. Mix together  all ingredients except chocolate.  Fold in chocolate.  Bake  at 350 degrees for 50 – 60 minutes.  Keep checking using the tooth pick test to make sure you don’t overcook. Let cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with chocolate ganache.


Chocolate Ganache

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

On stovetop:
In a saucepan, add the chocolate and cream and place it on a low heat. Stir until the chocolate has melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the extract. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes to thicken.  Give it a stir and drizzle it over the cake.

In microwave:
Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and heat on high power for 1 minute to soften chocolate; set aside. In a small microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, heat the cream or half-and-half on high power just until it begins to bubble and show signs of boiling, about 1 minute. Pour hot cream over chocolate and let it stand about 1 minute. Whisk vigorously until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth and velvety. Add vanilla and whisk to combine. Set bowl aside for about 5 minutes, allowing ganache to cool and thicken a bit. Drizzle over the cake.

Oct 222016

It’s that time of year where apples are abundant! This is one of my favorite apple cakes. It’s a moist cake with an amazing glaze that really makes it!

apple cake

Apple Cake

1 ½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 ½ cup diced, peeled cooking apples
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Brown Sugar Glaze

Beat 1st 3 ingredients. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients, stir into mixture. Stir in vanilla and walnuts. Fold in apples. Pour into a greased and floured pan (tube, bundt or sheet cake pan). Bake at 325 for 1 hr and 30 min. Time will vary depending on how hot your oven is and the type of pan used. A sheet cake will cook quicker than a tube or bundt pan. Begin checking after 1 hour by placing a toothpick in the cake. Cool 10-20 minutes and glaze with warm brown sugar glaze.

Brown Sugar Glaze

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla

Combine 1st 4 ingredients in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Drizzle over cake.