Friday, April 27, 2012

Triple Fudge Fantasy Cake

I got this recipe from my daughter in law and it is on her private blog so I had a request from my daughter to post it here for easier access.  This is the best chocolate cake I have ever had and it is a popular birthday cake at our house.  Enjoy!

1 pkg. Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 4 oz. box instant chocolate pudding mix
4 large eggs
1 c. sour cream
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer 1 minute.  Stir down sides and continue to mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Pour batter into a prepared bundt pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool 20 minutes.  Invert onto a serving platter.  Do not over bake the cake.  At the end of 50 minutes, you will not think that the cake is done but trust me it is.  You cannot use the toothpick test with this cake.  Just have faith and take it out.  You won't be sorry.

8 T. Butter
4 T. cocoa powder
1/3 cup evaporated milk or cream
4 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in saucepan over low heat.  Whisk in cocoa and dissolve.  Then add milk and bring the mixture just to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add to the powdered sugar with an electric mixer and beat until thick and smooth.  Add 1 t. vanilla.  Pour warm glaze over warm cake.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sugar Glazed Walnuts

I am always making a lettuce salad with craisins, sugared walnuts, feta cheese with poppyseed dressing.  It is so quick and easy and yummy.  I have been searching the easiest way to toast my walnuts and sugar them.  I finally found this recipe and I love it because it is so easy and you can't burn your nuts.  I found it at but I have adjusted it some so I will just put it the way I make it.

3 cups walnut halves (mine are straight from the freezer where I store my nuts)
3\4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water

In a 2 quart glass bowl combine walnut halves, sugar and water.  Cook in microwave oven on high for about 6 minutes.  Stir several times during the cooking.  Cook until the sugar has caramelized.  Pour out onto a piece of parchment paper and let cool.  Chop them up and you are ready to go.  This will make more than one salad.