Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake

Whoopie Pie cake



Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake 

(This is a recipe my mother found in an old church cookbook when I was a child and she has been using it ever since)

If you are a fan of whoopie pies, like me, but not a fan of making them, then you are going to love this recipe. This Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake is so easy to make and only bakes for about 15 minutes. The hardest part about making one of these cakes is flipping the one cake on top of the other. You have to wait until both cakes are cooled then spread the icing on one cake and flip the other cake evenly on top. It can be a little tricky! I usually say a prayer before doing this. It’s my whoopie pie cake prayer ūüėČ

As a child, I remember my mom making this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake often, it was a family favorite. She told me that she wrote the recipe down from an old church cookbook years ago, so we are uncertain who this recipe belongs to. I remember her taking this chocolate whoopie pie cake to picnics and family gatherings and she almost always came home with an empty pan.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake as much as my family and I do. If you decide to make this Chocolate Whoopie Pie Cake I would love to hear back from you! You can leave a comment here on the blog or message me through social media. I am currently on these outlets:  Facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram.

For more delicious cake recipes from Burlap Kitchen check these out: Orange Chiffon Cake ( recipe from the 1940’s), Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake, Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake, Strawberry Crunch Cake Pound Cake,.





(Cake Box Recipe) S’mores Bundt Cake




S'mores cake

(Cake Box Recipe) ¬†S’mores Bundt Cake

Cake box recipes are so fun! I love them and I make a lot of them. My (Cake Box Recipe) S’mores Bundt cake is super easy to make. It tastes just as fantastic as it looks! It is a moist and fluffy cake topped to resemble an S’more. ¬†And you will love the simplicity of this recipe. I think the hardest part was making the ganache, and if you have ever made ganache, you know that’s a cinch. Basically, it is just equal parts of cream and chocolate, easy peasy. Your guests will seriously think you spent all day in the kitchen. And I wouldn’t tell them any differently, what they don’t know won’t hurt them right? ūüėČ

My favorite part about this cake is using the kitchen torch. If you do not own one of these you need to! I bought mine at a kitchen store for about $12 and it was the best $12 I ever spent =P . There are so many cool recipes you can make when you own one of these. I have yet to make a creme brulee but it is next on the list. Not to mention I can have a toasted marshmallow anytime I want! haha

Tip – When putting on the marshmallow fluff, take spoonfuls and plop them all around the top of the cake, then use the back of the spoon to smooth¬†it together. Let the cake sit for about 10 minutes and you will see the marshmallow¬†fluff begin to run down the sides of the cake. It’s so easy to do and makes the cake look so elegant.

For more great s’more recipes check out my Mini Brownie S’more Bites & 23 delicious S’more recipes!¬†I think you will love them as much as I do! =)





Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe

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Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe¬†

My Mom’s Fruit Salad Recipe is the perfect recipe for all your summer gatherings. My mom makes this a lot in the summer and I can see why! It only takes about 5 minutes to whip up and is also budget friendly. Plus the only dishes you will dirty is the bowl you use, a knife, and a spoon, so the clean up is a breeze. Who wants to be standing in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove and a sink full of dishes in the summer anyways? Not me, that’s for sure!

Ingredients:

2 Р ( 29 oz) Cans Fruit Cocktail

2 Р( 15 oz) cans mandarin oranges

1 Р jar Maraschino Cherries

1 Р ( 15.5 oz) container strawberries with syrup ( or sugar), Thawed

2 Р Ripe Bananas

Directions: 

Pour all ingredients ( entire cans, juice and all) , except bananas, in a large serving bowl and gently mix. When ready to serve, slice bananas and add them to the fruit salad. Store in the Refridgerator.

*If you can not find Strawberries with syrup or sugar – Buy a bag of frozen strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar and let them thaw in the fridge overnight. They should make their own syrup that way.

Click her for another great recipe from my Mom – Moms Macaroni Salad





Mini Brownie S’mores Bites

S'more

Mini Brownie S’mores Bites


It’s almost 80 degrees here in central Pennsylvania, this means it is perfectly acceptable to talk ¬†S’mores or, in this case, Mini Brownie S’mores Bites. And with S’mores, comes two types of people, those who like their marshmallows burnt, and those who like them perfectly golden brown. I happen to be one of those who like my marshmallows burnt.. to a crisp.. but for the sake of this recipe, the majority rules. Which means nice little golden brown marshmallows to keep everyone happy. =)

These Mini Brownie S’more Bites are unbelievably easy to make and equally delicious. They have a soft chewy brownie crust and are topped with marshmallows that taste as if they were fresh from the campfire. And let’s not forget the slight crunch from the graham cracker and the rich burst of chocolate from the candy bar. Take these to your next picnic or get together, they will surely be a hit! I do have to set out a warning, these are highly addictive. I dare you to just eat one. I couldn’t, I had to stop myself at 6! =0

*At the bottom of this page, under the recipe, I have left a few helpful notes on making these Mini S’mores Brownie Bites. Please make sure to spray the top of your mini muffin pans with cooking spray! If you don’t do this the marshmallow may stick to the top of your pan and that would be a mess! I also want to add that I bought my mini muffin liners at Walmart and found a cuter selection over by the cake decorating supplies than by the actual cake mixes. If you try this recipe I would LOVE to hear back from you!

Click here for more mouth-watering  summer foods!15 Delicious Grill Recipes


No Bake Pineapple Fluff Pie

Peeps fluff

 

No Bake Pineapple Fluff Pie 

No Bake Pineapple Fluff pie is the perfect recipe to use up all those leftover PEEPS from Easter. It’s quick, easy to make, and so delicious. I always love finding recipes like this that help to eliminate the excess candy we obtain from the holidays. I will, more than likely, be sending this pie with my husband to work tomorrow. The guys always enjoy my cooking and I won’t be tempted by the extra candy laying around the house. I happen to be one of those people who LOVE those sugary PEEPS as long as they are frozen. That’s the best way to eat them in my opinion ūüėČ What’s your take on those sugar peeps? Love them or hate them?

I also have to say a quick apology for having another late post. My goal is to have my recipe posts out by 10 a.m. ¬†every Monday morning. Well, this week life happened. My sister came home early and with the Easter holiday, I just got behind. It happens. I hope this yummy recipe will make up for the fact that it’s a few hours late =)

No Bake Pineapple Fluff Pie 

Ingredients: 

1/3 Cup Milk

10 Peeps + 1 for garnish ( optional)  ( I used the yellow chicks)

1/2 Cup crushed Pinapple

1 ( 8 oz.) Tub whipped cream

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 graham Cracker Crust ( store bought, not the extra serving size)

Directions: 

In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, add milk and peeps. Cook until peeps are melted, do not bring to a boil. Once the peeps have melted take the saucepan off the heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Once cool, in a separate bowl, add pineapples, vanilla, whipped cream and melted peep mixture. Gently fold everything together. Pour this fluffy mixture into the prepared graham cracker pie crust. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight. Store in refridgerator.

Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake


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Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake 

I sort of have a thing for cake box desserts such as this Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake. They are just so easy to make and usually only require a few ingredients. I especially love this recipe because it makes 2 cakes. Keep one for yourself and give one away to a friend or neighbor. This is also a great recipe to use up those last few bananas before they go bad, which is rare in our house because my son LOVES bananas. Not to mention the way these cakes make the house smell while they are cooking! No need for fancy potpourris when you are cooking this.

 Chocolate Banana Loaf Cake

Ingredients:

1 – Box Devils Food Cake Mix

1 – Box Instant Chocolate pudding (3.9 oz.)

2 – Bananas (Ripe, how they look when you make banana bread)

2 – tsp. Instant Coffee

1 – Cup Milk

4 – eggs

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

First, mash the bananas. Next, pour in the cake mix, instant pudding, instant coffee, and milk, mix well. In a separate bowl add 4 eggs and give them a few whisks; pour whisked eggs in with the rest of ingredients. Mix well. Split the batter between 2 well-greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let loaf cakes cool for about 10 minutes then turn out on a clean surface to let them finish cooling. Once cakes are completely cool glaze them.

 


Maple Pudding Pie + A Homemade Maple Pudding Recipe

 Maple Pudding Pie

Maple Pudding Pie plus + Homemade Maple Pudding Recipe 

This Maple Pudding Pie + A Homemade Maple Pudding Recipe will make the perfect addition to your easter dinner. This recipe for homemade Maple pudding was one of the handwritten recipes I inherited when my Nana passed away a few months ago. I made this pudding a few times and, although, delicious I thought it needed to be in a pie. So that’s what I did, of course. Although I did cheat a little. Since I was making a homemade pudding I decided to buy a store bought pie crust. And since I never made meringue, I had to search for a recipe for it. Here is the recipe I used MERINGUE RECIPE¬†except I used 6 Tablespoons of sugar and 3 egg whites and I baked it at 325 for 25 minutes. If it does not get as brown as you would like it on the top then put it under the broiler for a few seconds.

Since I like to keep my writing short and sweet I am going to quickly give you a few pointers on making this homemade Maple Pudding ( Pie).

# 1 – If you are like me and do not have a double boiler, that is not a problem. You can easily make your own double boiler by placing a metal bowl on top of a dutch oven. When filling your dutch oven with water make sure that the metal bowl is not in the water but slightly above it.

#2 РAs soon as you turn your water on to boil begin to prepare the rest of your ingredients. In the metal bowl that is sitting on top of your dutch oven ( Make shift double boiler) OR double boiler, add the milk and maple syrup. Then in a second bowl (smaller) add cornstarch, salt, egg yolks and 1/4 cup of milk. In a third bowl add your egg whites. I normally use 2 whisks and a fork when I do this. I use a whisk for the maple syrup and milk, a whisk for the cornstarch and egg yolk mixture, and a fork to mix the egg whites.

#3 – And this is the last thing I want to tell you but is also the MOST important. When adding the eggs to the hot milk and maple syrup mixture it is VERY important that you add them slowly and whisk briskly without stopping! If you fail to do this you will end up with bits of cooked egg in your pudding, and trust me, you don’t want that.

This is really an easy recipe if you follow my pointers. I hope you will give it a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. =)


Nana’s Chocolate Pound Cake

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December was a difficult month for me to say the least. I lost a grandparent to cancer, which I talked about in my previous blog post, Orange Chiffon cake from 1948, but I also lost a job. I only had the job for a few months. I started out as part time and somehow ended up assistant manager… whoa! Although I liked the job, it wasn’t where my heart was. My heart belongs here, at home, with my baby boy ( he is now 4 =) ) and my blog. So when things started to get rough at work I saw it as a way out and took it.

It’s funny how sometimes God puts you in a situation to teach you more about yourself, isn’t it? Although I quit my job and was feeling guilty and worthless, I learned 3 very important things about myself:

#1 People are going to let you down sometimes –¬†People are going to hurt you, it’s part of life. Sometimes people choose to hurt you on purpose and sometimes it’s just an accident. In the end, we are all people, we all make mistakes, and we all have our own struggles. So I’m slowly learning that I need to forgive and forget, let go and let God.

#2 Stick up for yourself, you’re¬†worth it! –¬†¬†I have learned that I need to stick up for myself, I’m worth it. This is something that I have struggled with my entire life. I feel like God has big plans for me and learning to stick up for myself is a must for the next door to open. I will tell you this much if that job was a test from God, to see if I would stick up for myself, I failed. I got a big F for failure on that one. But the good news is that we serve a God of second chances, a forgiving God. So I guess if God can forgive me then I need to forgive myself ¬†and make sure I am prepared to pass the next text.

#3 Do what makes YOU happy –¬†After losing my job, I had a long talk with my mom about everything. I told her how I felt like a failure and that my blog was not near as good as other ones I have seen. She said to me ” Emily, do you like to blog?” I said “Yes! I love it!” “so do it!” she said. Then she said to me ” Do what makes you happy! You don’t have to be good at it as long as it makes YOU happy. You will become good over time.” That kinda stuck with me. And it is so true. I have seen a huge improvement in my blog from when I first started till now. So I guess that means I am slowly starting to get good at it?? ūüėČ

well, you know what they say. You live, you learn, and you eat cake… lots of cake. So enough with the life lessons and lets get to this cake recipe. This is another recipe of Nana’s. Last week was Orange Chiffon Cake from 1948 and this week is Chocolate Pound cake. This was one of my Nana’s specialties and also my sister and I’s favorite.

Chocolate Pound Cake

3 sticks butter (softened)

3 cups of sugar

3 Cups of Flour ( sifted)

5 heaping Tablespoons of cocoa (sifted twice)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 eggs

10X sugar to dust cake with ( optional)

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees In a mixing bowl

In a mixing bowl, add sifted flour and cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together and set aside. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. While stand mixer is still running add one egg at a time. Once eggs are mixed in slowly add mixing bowl of dry ingredients alternately with milk; add vanilla. Bake in a greased and lined bundt cake pan or angel food cake pan at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. When cake is finished baking it will look slightly moist on the top, like it should continue baking for another 5-10 minutes, you want it to look like this. Allow cake to cool. Go around the edges of the cake with a butter knife and turn cake out on a plate, top side up if using an angel food cake pan. Dust cake with 10X sugar

* Instead of lining the pan you could grease the pan and dust it with cocoa, that’s how I did it.


Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

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Orange Chiffon Cake ~ Recipe from 1948

I lost my Nana 3 weeks ago. After a 4 year battle with cancer, cancer finally won. When you know where you are going, death doesn’t have to be a sad or scary thing but rather a celebration. I use the word celebration because I know my Nana is no longer suffering. In fact, I bet she is up in heaven horseback riding this very moment… she loved horses. Cancer may have taken her flesh ¬†but it couldn’t take her soul. No. that belonged to Jesus. I fully believe that she took her last breath here on earth and her very next breath in heaven, in the presence of our Saviour.

My Pap has been going through some of Nana’s things and came across her cookbooks that she had gathered¬†over the years. Along with the cookbooks came a manilla¬†envelope filled with old, old, hand written recipes. He passed them all to me. I am so honored. So I will be cooking my way through them, one by one, for the next year and sharing them with you all.

The first recipe that really caught my eye was a recipe for orange chiffon cake. The index card that it was written on is so old and discoloured that I couldn’t help but to make this recipe first. Oh, and did I mention the date on the card? 1948!! It’s funny how a little slip of paper can have such huge history behind it. My sweet Aunt Kat (Nana’s sister) told me that this cake was a recipe that my great, great, grandma used to make. Aunt Kat also told me that Gladys ( My great, great grandma) made this cake for the actor Cliff Robertson and he ate 5 pieces!! I wasn’t sure who cliff Roberston was so I had to look him up, but I was sure that it wouldn’t be difficult to eat 5 pieces of this cake. It is seriously amazing! It is kind of a cross between an angel food cake and a bundt cake. It has a vibrant orange flavor and a light and fluffy texture. And to ice the cake, a thick glaze that is entangled with orange zest.

Orange Chiffon Final

I made this cake a few times already. I am going to explain to you what I have found to be the easiest way to make it. The first thing I did was split the ingredient list into 3 groups, they are as follows: Dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and egg whites.

1.) First I took the dry ingredient group and mixed them together in a bowl.

Group 1: Dry Ingredients 

2 1/4 Cup flour

1 1/2 Cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2.) Next, in a separate bowl, I added all the wet ingredients

Group 2: Wet Ingredients 

3 oranges ( zest and juice all 3. Make sure there are no seeds in the juice!)

1/2 Cup oil

7 egg yolks ( put the whites in a separate bowl, you will be using them)

3/4 cup of water or juice ( Now, let me explain this to you. What you want to do first is zest all 3 oranges and set the zest aside. Next juice the oranges. If you can get 3/4 of a cup from the oranges that’s great, use it! But if not and you fall just under 3/4 cup of juice then fill your measuring cup the rest of the way up with water. That’s how I usually have to do it.)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well with a whisk.

3.) In a third bowl ( I use my kitchen aid mixer) add the egg whites 

Group 3: egg whites 

7 egg whites

1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter

Beat egg whites and cream of tarter on high for 4 minutes, until stiff and fluffy.

gently fold in the zest from all three oranges, which is about 2 teaspoons of zest.

Gently fold the egg white mixture in with the batter.

How to bake it:

Pour into a greased angel food cake pan or chiffon pan. Take the middle oven rack out, and place the other oven rack 2 up from the bottom. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for 55 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. Gently take a knife around the cake, then turn out onto a tea cloth. Let cake finish cooling. Once the cake is completely cool, ice the cake.


Peanut Butter & Hazelnut Cookies

peanut Butter Hazelnut cookies Final

Ingredients:

1- Cup butter

1/4- Cup shortening ( I use crisco)

3/4- Cup Peanut Butter

1/2- Cup Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

3/4- Cup Brown Sugar

2- eggs

1- teaspoon vanilla

1- Cup sugar

1- teaspoon baking soda

1- teaspoon salt

3- Cups Flour

1- Cup of sugar for rolling

For the Icing :

1- bag of semi sweet chocolate chips ( 2 cups)

4- Tablespoons Hazelnut spread ( Nutella)

1/2- Cup hazelnuts ( Crushed)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a medium sized mixing bowl add the first 10 ingredients ( everything except the flour).  Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add in all 3 cups of flour and mix till it looks like cookie dough. ( I am not one to separate the wet and dry ingredients so, when making cookies, I always add the flour last.) Chill cookie dough for about 20 minutes. Roll cookie dough into balls using half tablespoons. Roll into sugar and place cookies on a GREASED cookie sheet. Make the cute little crisscross on the cookies with a fork. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cookies are cooked all the way (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes). Let cookies cool completely.

Icing Directions:

Pour chocolate chips and 1 cap full of vegetable oil into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring the chocolate chips after every 30 seconds. When the chocolate chips are almost completely melted add 4 tablespoons of hazelnut spread ( Nutella) and heat for an additional 30 seconds. Stir well. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate onto each cookie and smooth with a spoon, top with crushed hazelnuts. Cool in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Store in a cool place.

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