Sunday, June 26, 2016

No Bake Turtle Tarts

Just because it's summer does't mean the end to sweet treats, I simply find ways to make things without the oven. I have been making this No bake turtle tart for about 10 years and everyone loves it, especially me because it is so easy and looks great. It is a great addition to the dessert table at any party or bbq.

No Bake Turtle Tart(s)

1/2 cups pecans toasted and chopped
1 chocolate crumb crust either purchased or made homemade
1 bag caramels (34 unwrapped)
1/2 cup evaporated milk
11/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoons butter
Garnish, chopped nuts, berries or whipped cream.

Place pecans on the purchase or crust that you made. Then heat the caramels and the evaporated milk over low heat, until melted and smooth. Pour over pecans. Heat cream, chocolate chips and butter in a pan over low heat until melted and smooth. Pour over caramel layer. Refrigerate 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and berries if you wish or just more chopped nuts.

NOTE: The original recipe is for 1 9inch pie. I made one pie and used a little of the ingredients to make these 3 little tarts.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Brownies are one of my favorite things to bake because they are easy, fast and the batter is always so good. Not to mention the fact that they are easy to transport and seem to be the favorite of many.

I am a fan of fudge brownies, I don't like cake brownies because I often find them dry. I'm not sure why that is but that has been my experience. For the most part brownies that I have made have been made using chocolate chunks, or chips mixed with some or no cocoa powder. This recipe is new to me because the only chocolate is the cocoa powder. The brownies still come out moist, fudgy and delicious though. Note: My brownies were not as sweet as others that I have made because I used extra brute cocoa powder.

Fudgy Coco Brownies
Recipe from Inspired Taste

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
11/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold
1/2 cup all purpose flour


Place oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 325. Prepare an 8 inch pan with foil or parchment and then spray with cooking spray and set aside. 

In a bowl placed over a double boiler with water barely simmering, add sugar, butter and cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until the butter is melted and mixture is combined. Remove bowl from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Then add the vanilla and mix, then eggs one at a time and stir vigorously after each and the mixture is smooth. Add the flour and mix until incorporated, 40-50 strokes. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Mine took 30 minutes, but do test for done-ness starting at 20 minutes, test with a toothpick so that it comes out almost clean.

Cool completely and then cut. If you want clean cutting lines freeze for 20 minutes and then cut. 

Do you have a favorite brownie recipe? If so I would love to hear about it!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Magleby's "Copycat" Chocolate Cake aka The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Chocolate cake is one of my favorite desserts, especially if it has lots of creamy frosting and the cake is fudgy and moist. For the most part I go back again and again to this cake which is the Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake and Frosting, the cake of my childhood, but occasionally I venture off to try something new. 

Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake and Frosting

When I saw this Magleby's Cake, aka, THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE EVER, I thought I would try it out to see if it measured up to that label and boy did it ever. 

This cake is thick, fudge, and moist, like a cross between and brownie and cake and frosting is creamy and rich. I think you will enjoy this cake as a change from your favorite.  

Magleby's Copycat Chocolate Cake aka The Best Cake Ever
Recipe from 

1 cup salted butter
1 cup water 
1/2 cup cocoa 
 1 cup white sugar 
2 cups flour, sifted 
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
 1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream


Preheat the oven to 325. Prepare 2 8"inch round pans or 3 6" pans with cooking spray and parchment lined in the bottom. 
In a medium saucepan combine melt the butter, then add the cocoa and water and mix whack until combined. Bring to a boil over medium heat, once boiling heat for 30 seconds more and then turn off heat and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl combine the flour, white sugar and 3/4 tsp. of salt. Then add the cooled chocolate mixture. Stir until combined and smooth.
In a small bowl combine eggs, baking soda, baking powder, and mix until smooth. The mixture will foam, that is OK. Stir in the brown sugar and the vanilla and mix until smooth. 
Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate batter mixture and gently stir until combined. Fold in the sour cream, do not over mix the batter. 
Pour the batter into prepared pans, gently drop onto the counter to release any air bubbled. Bake for 34-40 minutes, rotating the pans half-way through the baking time. 
Check to see if done with a toothpick, when it comes out with a few crumbs stuck to it, the cake is done. Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes then invert onto rack and cool completely. Do not frost a warm cake. 


    1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
    3/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
    5 1/4 cups powder sugar 
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    3/4 cup heavy cream

    In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter until soft and creamy, then ad the cocoa and powdered sugar in increments adding a little cream in-between each addition. Beat until fluffy then add salt and vanilla. Frost cakes and enjoy. 

I hope that you try it because it is delicious and dare I say it might be my new favorite cake!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Famous Brick Street Cake

A few months ago I started seeing Famous Brick Street Cake all over Pinterest and although it looked fabulous the recipes stated that it could only be made in a convection oven, which I do not have. So I pinned it away for a later day when I did. Then I noticed that there were new pins stating that you could indeed make in in a regular oven. Boy am I glad that someone figured that out!

This cake is so good that I can see why it is famous. It is a thick, dense, moist cake with a deep rich chocolate flavor and the fudge-like frosting that just adds another dimension to the goodness. I apologize for the photos, it has been ugly and raining so I cannot take good photos. You will have to trust me that this cake is delicious and good looking.

Brick Street Cake
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of butter softened,
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
21/2 cups cake flour
1 cup baking cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup instant chocolate pudding mix(small box)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/12 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat sugar, butter and vanilla in a large bowl, then beat in eggs one at a time.
Then mix in cake flour, pudding, baking soda, salt, buttermilk. Add the chocolate chips and stir. Pour into greased tube pan and bake for 30 minutes. Then LOWER the oven temperature to 300 and bake for another 30-40 minutes. It is best to check at the 1 hour mark so you do not over bake the cake. Check for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. Remove from oven, let cool completely then frost.

Frosting Directions:

In a saucepan heat  butter, water and vanilla until melted. Add the cocoa and stir until smooth, then add sifted powdered sugar and stir. Add heavy cream until you get the consistency that you like. Pour over cooled cake. Icing hardens as it cools.

I LOVE this cake, and the icing. It is so delicious and the icing is like melted fudge. I seriously could just scoop up the frosting and eat it!


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Nigella Lawson Guiness Stout Cake

Happy St.Patick's Day! I have been making all sorts of things this week with Guinness Stout, odd really because I do not drink beer.

In addition to these Chocolate Stout Brownies I made Nigella Lawson's Stout Cake.

It is delicious! I have to say though that I disagree with Nigela, I like to have lots of frosting, so instead of one tall cake I made layers and made my favorite Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting and in the middle I used a little leftover cream cheese frosting that I had.

You can find the recipe HERE.

Have a happy day!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chocolate Guinness Stout Brownies

This week is St. Patrick's day and there are a lot of great recipes out there to celebrate with. One of my absolute favorites are these Chocolate-Guiness Stout Brownies from Bon Appetit. This recipe is easy and delicious! The brownies are dense, moist, and fudgey, more like a baked fudge than a regular brownie. The stout gives a little bit of a nutty flavor and the coffee makes the chocolate more rich.

Chocolate Guiness Stout Brownies
Recipe from Bon Appetit

1/2 cup of Guiness Stout or chocolate Stout
1/4 cup strong coffee(my addition)
12 oz. chocolate, semisweet, bittersweet or a combination
1 cup butter
11/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with foil and cooking spray. In a medium saucepan bring stout and coffee to a boil and reduce to 1/4 cup. 

In a double boiler or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water melt the chocolate and the butter and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool a little. 

Whisk eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl to blend. Then add the chocolate and the stout/coffee mixture. Once smooth, fold in the flour and the salt. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. 

Cool on wire rack then enjoy.

Note: The original recipe does not include coffee, I add it because I think it makes the brownies taste richer. Also, the original had a chocolate stout glaze/frosting. I just drizzles mine with a little melted chocolate I had. You can obviously do whatever you like. 

I hope that you have a great day! Enjoy!

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