Christmas In July

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) package chocolate kiss candies

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. Stir in flour. Press dough from a cookie press 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, using a star or other desired shaped cutter. Bake 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss in center of each warm cookie, point side up. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Rocky Road CupcakesRocky Road Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp. hot water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Generous ¼ cup self-rising flour

Topping:

  • ¼ cup chopped mixed nuts
  • 3 ½ oz. milk chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup candied cherries, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12 paper liners or put 12 double-layer paper liners on a baking sheet. Blend the cocoa and hot water together and set aside. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then beat in the blended cocoa. Sift in the flour and, using a metal spoon, fold gently into the batter. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until well risen and springy to the touch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. For the topping, stir the nuts into the melted chocolate and spread a little of the mixture over the top of the cupcakes. Lightly stir the marshmallows and cherries into the remaining chocolate mixture and pile on top of the cupcakes. Let set. Make 12 cupcakes.

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Love Is Sweeter The Second Time Around

Nearly Naked Wedding CakeNearly Naked Wedding Cake

White Cake:

  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¾ tsp. almond flavoring
  • 6 egg whites

Cherry Chocolate Cake:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 – 8 oz. bottle maraschino cherries, stemmed and drained (reserve liquid)
  • 2 – 1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup liquid
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow crème

White cake: Cream butter and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with water and milk. Stir in almond flavoring. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl. Add to dough ½ at a time. Pour into prepared 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Cherry Chocolate Cake: We doubled this recipe for our wedding cake. Place the butter or margarine, sugar, egg, cherry juice, melted chocolate, lemon-milk mixture and vanilla in the blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Add the cherries and process until finely chopped. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add liquid ingredients and stir to mix well. Turn the batter into two greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake the cake in a 350 degrees F oven for 40-45 minutes or until it tests done with a toothpick.  Transfer to a rack to cool.

Frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir in the marshmallow crème until well blended.

Place one cherry chocolate cake on a serving plate. Frost the top and top with white cake. Frost top of white cake and top with second cherry chocolate cake. Lightly frost top and sides of cake to give a “nearly naked cake” look.

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Love Is In The Air

Edith's Chocolate Cake.JPGEdith’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2/3 cup Mazola oil
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar marshmallow crème

Sift together three times in a bowl flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Combine in a separate bowl: 1 1/2 cups water, 2/3 cup Mazola oil, 2 tbsp. vinegar and 2 tsp. vanilla. Stir and add dry mixture all at once. Stir mixture long enough that dry ingredients are dissolved. Pour into 10 x 14 inch pan or two 9 inch round pans, ungreased. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Cool in pans. Remove when cake is cool. We doubled this recipe for our wedding cakes.

For the frosting: In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Beat in half of the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir in the marshmallow crème until well blended. Frost the cakes and decorate as desired.

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Make For Your Mother

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • Scant 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2/3 cup light cream
  • Strawberries, to decorate

 Frosting:

  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
  • Generous 1 cup heavy cream

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8 inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the sugar, oil and light cream. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, then stir to mix thoroughly, beating to a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. For the frosting, place the chocolate and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture cools slightly and begins to thicken. Place one cake on a serving plate and top with chocolate frosting and top with additional cake. Spread the remaining chocolate mixture over the top and sides of the cake, swirling with a spatula. Decorate with the strawberries.

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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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Chocolate Mini Footballs

Chocolate Mini Footballs

 Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 10 oz. pkg. regular or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups chocolate flavored crispy rice cereal
  • 16 oz. tub vanilla frosting

 In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Stir until smooth. Mix peanut butter into the marshmallow mixture. Add crispy rice cereal. Stir until well coated. Shape mixture into 3 inch footballs. Use prepared frosting to pipe on football markings and stitching. Best if served same day.

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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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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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Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup egg substitute
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 ¼ oz. dark (70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 12 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; stir with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined (about 3 minutes). Add egg substitute and vanilla, beating well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in chocolate. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 350 degrees F for 18 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when touched lightly in center or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving.

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