Chocolate Crockpot Lava Cake

The is a recipe a I found on pinterest. I looked interesting to me because I had never made anything sweet in the crock pot. I figured tuesday night dinner was a good time to try it. I found these things called crock pot liners which will literally save you hours of scrubbing, and make it easy to pick up the liner and then store that in the fridge. Thanks Jamie! 

box chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 C milk
1/2 C vegetable or canola oil
3 eggs
1 (3.9 ounce) instant chocolate pudding
2 C milk

1. Grab a 3-4 quart crock pot and line it with parchment paper. Spray the inside of the paper with cooking spray. The parchment paper helps the cake cook without burning along the edges. You can make it without the paper, just be sure to watch it closely.

2. Find yourself a nice chocolate cake mix and pour it into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl.
3. Add 1 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup oil and 3 eggs. Beat on low-speed for 1 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the batter in nice and glossy.

4. Pour the batter into the lined crock pot.

5.Pour one small box of chocolate pudding into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 2 cups cold milk and beat it until the pudding thickens. Should take about 3-4 minutes.

6. Pour the pudding over the top of the cake batter. Don’t stir it.

7. Grab a bag of milk chocolate chips and pour the pretty little things all over the top of the pudding. Again, please do not stir it.
8. Cover the crock and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is set.

This recipe is easy in the sense that before dinner you can throw everything into the crock pot and while your eating it will cook, and you don’t have to worry about it.

To the the truth I was not satisfied with the taste of it! To me it tasted like pudding and cake layered on one another. It didn’t have the lava cake consistency, and also didn’t have the taste. The cake would of been good in the crock pot without the pudding! My guests actually loved it. It just wasn’t my favorite, and I would make this recipe again. I am going to stick to conventional lava cake from now on.

Ultimate Grasshopper Cookies

2nd Annual Cookies and cocktails was rolling around and I needed an elaborate cookie. I chose a twist on the grasshopper with a little bit more decadence. I had some trouble with melting the chocolate but they came out tasty and I would make them again! Thanks yourcupcake.

 

Cookies:

1 Box Devil’s Food Cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Mint Frosting:
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
2-3 C. powdered sugar
milk, if needed
green food dye, if desired
Chocolate Glaze:
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. butter
Andes Mint Candies, roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine cake mix, eggs, butter (make sure you let it cool a little so it doesn’t cook the eggs), vanilla and sugar. That batter will be still.
3. Make dough balls a little large than a Tablespoon and place on cookie sheets to bake. (You make one to pat each dough ball down a little bit because cake mix cookies tend to bake up tall.)
4. Bake for 7-9 minutes and let cool on cooling racks.
5. Mint Frosting: Beat butter for 2 minutes. Add peppermint extract and slowly add it powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Add 1-2 Tablespoons milk if it gets too thick. Add green dye for color if desired.
6. Chocolate Glaze: Melt chocolate chips and butter together in a microwave proof bowl. Zap for about 30 seconds, then stir, then microwave in 10 second increments and stir until smooth.
7. To assemble (see photos). Pipe on frosting, smooth over with a knife, spoon on your glaze and top with peppermint candies.
Success!!!

Lemon Poke Cake

Lemon Kick Part 3. (Part four probably soon to follow because I found another cool recipe I would like to try) So I am obsessed with Lemon so I had to make up my own Poke Cake!

If you remember, I made this Chocolate Poke Cake a little while back.

Chocolate Poke Cake

So I decided to try an all lemon cake. My friends grandfather recently died, and I wanted to take something over to her family, I wanted to make baked goods because thats my speciality.

I grabbed and made lemon cake, a box mix from the store. I also used Lemon Pudding.

What to use for topping? I found lemon cookies at the store, they are like oreos but shortbread cookie with lemon filling. My mom used to buy them for the beach when we were small children and me and my brother hated them because they weren’t real cookies like all the other kids had. When I think of lemon cookies I think of them semi crushed in a ziploc at the bottom of the beach bag and slightly melted.

Anywho, I crushed those up, and added them to the top of the cake. To the one I was taking to my friend I added whipped topping to the cake, but I didn’t get to try that one.

So again with anything, you HAVE to like lemon to enjoy this recipe. The lemon pudding is a little much, but I dont know what else flavor you would use, the cool whip I assume tastes wonderfully and so does the cookies I chose.

Overall the Lemon went well and I am still going to try other flavors and combinations, some sort of pumpkin will be soon to follow!

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Two Ingredient Muffins-thats right I said two.

Okay, so when I read this I did not believe it. This cant be true. TWO ingredients.

Any cake Mix you want, Ive tried Spice Cake and Carrot Cake, and I think I liked the Carrot more.

Then you take 15 oz. which is the smaller can of pumpkin puree. Mix this and the cake mix together and pour into muffin tin.

I cook for about 18 minutes ( I think) Until the muffins look set.

They are so good, and nobody can believe that they are two ingredients, even after two days they keep their moist, moist texture. ohh and the kids LOVE THEM. We are them for breakfast and dinner!!!

 

Two thumbs up and a SUCCESS