Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 ½ cups light vanilla nonfat yogurt, divided
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for No Cholesterol recipe. Split cake into thirds horizontally. Place bottom cake layer on serving plate. Spread ½ cup yogurt on cake. Arrange half the banana slices on yogurt. Place middle cake layer on top of bananas. Repeat with ½ cup yogurt and remaining banana slices. Place top cake layer on top of bananas. Glaze with remaining ½ cup yogurt. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger

For the candied carrots and walnuts:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 12 walnuts

For the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, walnut oil and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture, then fold in the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and candied ginger with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds of the way. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when gently pressed, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; remove to a rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the candied carrots and walnuts. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Peel 12 long ribbons from the carrot using a vegetable peeler. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the carrot ribbons and cook until translucent, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove with tongs and arrange each ribbon in a small bundle on the baking sheet. Add the walnuts to the saucepan and simmer until glossy, 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet; let the candied carrots and walnuts cool. Make the frosting: Beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar on low speed; increase the speed to medium high and beat until fluffy, 3 minutes Transfer to a piping bag with a large round tip; pipe onto the cupcakes. Top with the candied carrots and walnuts.

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Everyone’s Favorite Cake

Everyone's Favorite Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 containers (16 oz. each) chocolate frosting
  • 1 chocolate covered nougat, caramel, peanut candy bar, sliced, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch square pans. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks. Cool completely. Place cakes on serving plates. Frost sides and top of each cake with chocolate frosting. Swirl frosting in diagonal pattern on top. Pull tip of knife through frosting 5 to 7 times to form fan shape. Garnish each cake with slices of candy bar.

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Happy Easter

Petit Four Eggs

Petit Four Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 7 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • Decorator gels

Prepare cake according to package directions. Pour into a lightly greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut cake into eggs (or other desired shapes) with a 2 ½ inch oval cookie cutter. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, water and extract; beat on low speed until sugar is moistened. Beat on high until smooth. Place petit fours on a rack with waxed paper beneath. Spoon the glaze evenly over tops and sides, letting excess drip off. Allow glaze to set; repeat with second coat if necessary. Let stand until set. Decorate with gels. Yield: about 2 dozen.

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Getting Ready For Easter

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cake mix of desired flavor
  • 1 container (16 oz.) chocolate frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • ½ tsp. water
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Assorted Easter candies
  • 2 (12 inch) chenille stems
  • Pastel ribbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for basic recipe. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread with chocolate frosting. Top with second cake layer. Frost top with thin layer of frosting. Frost sides and outer 1 inch of cake top with remaining frosting. Make basket weave pattern in frosting with fork lines. Combine several drops green food coloring and water in small bowl. Add coconut. Toss with fork until evenly tinted. Place tinted coconut on top of basket for grass. Arrange candies on top. Make handle with chenille stem ends twisted together. Wrap handle with ribbon. Insert in cake. Tie bow on side of handle.

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Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day

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Wearing O’ Green Cake

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 2 packages lime gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water

Topping:

  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Green food coloring
  • Green sprinkles

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions in a 9 inch pan. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. In a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water and set aside. With a meat fork or wooden skewer, poke holes about 2 in. apart into the cooled cake. Slowly pour the gelatin over the cake. Cover and refrigerate. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Fold in whipped topping and add food coloring as desired. Spread over cake. Decorate with sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake 

Cake:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

 Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp. finely grated lemon rind
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon rind strips (optional)

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To prepare cake, coat 2 (8 inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray. Dust each pan with 1 tbsp. flour. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and ½ cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with four mixture. Beat in 2 tbsp. lemon rind and 2 tbsp. lemon juice. Pour batter into prepared pans; sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350 degrees F for 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks; discard wax paper. To prepare frosting, combine powdered sugar, butter, lemon rind and lemon juice in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Place 1 cake layer on a plate, spread half of the frosting over top of cake. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining half of frosting over top of cake. Garnish, if desired with lemon rind strips. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.

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Make For Your Valentine

Raspberry Heart Cheesecake

Raspberry Heart Cheesecakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (about 12 sheets)
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups plus 5 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 pint (6 oz.) fresh raspberries
  • 2 lbs. cream cheese, room temperature
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line 32 cups of standard muffin tins with paper liners. For crumb crust, stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and 3 tbsp. sugar; press 1 tbsp. mixture into bottom of each cup. Bake until set and beginning to color at edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool.

Puree raspberries in a food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Whisk in 2 tbsp. sugar.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add remaining 1 ½ cups sugar in a slow stream. Mix in salt and vanilla until combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until combined after each (do not overmix) and scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

Spoon 3 tbsp. filling over crust in each cup; tap pans on counter to set filling. Drop 2 dots of raspberry puree about 1 inch apart on each. Drag the tip of a toothpick or wooden skewer through centers of each dot to create a heart.

To bake, set tins in roasting pans. Pour hot water to halfway up side of tins. Bake until set, about 34 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely. Refrigerate cheesecakes in tins (uncovered) at least 4 hours; remove from tins using an offset spatula. Cakes can be refrigerated in airtight containers up to 5 days.

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Make For Your Valentine

Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz. mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup white frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 can chocolate frosting
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 drops strawberry flavor extract or oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Make cake mix according to directions. Bake in greased and floured bundt pan. Cook cake then slice horizontally, making a total of 4 pieces (for 3 layers). For filling, in mixing bowl whip heavy cream until peaks form. Add mascarpone cheese and white frosting, mix well but do not overbeat. Add red food coloring until desired color is achieved. Place bottom slice of cake onto a waxed paper-lined serving platter; frost with mascarpone mixture. Repeat layers. Add strawberry flavor to chocolate frosting, mix well. Frost sides of cake with chocolate frosting, sealing cut edges. Microwave leftover frosting to drizzle over top of cake. (Add drops of milk to loosen, if needed.) Remove wax paper; chill. Before serving add strawberries to center of cake.

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Eggnog Pound Cake

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Baking the Cake:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup eggnog (we used soy eggnog which we found available out of season)
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 Custard Sauce:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

 In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggnog, eggs, butter and nutmeg. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan.

 Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

 For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolk; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

 Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Store in the refrigerator. Serve with cake.

 Yield: 16-20 Servings

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