Pumpkin Crunch Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix (any brand)
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and pumpkin spice. Mix all the ingredients well and pour into a 9×13 inch cake pan.
  3. Sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix over the top, then drizzle with melted butter or margarine. Top with the chopped walnuts.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour or until a pick inserted near the center comes out clean with no cake crumbs attached.

 

4th of July Spectacular Cake

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Ingredients

  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope plain unflavored gelatin
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope plain unflavored gelatin
  • 2 (10.75 ounce) loaves angel food cake, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 (8 ounce) tubs frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Mix half of the strawberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1 envelope of gelatin in a bowl. Set aside at room temperature to allow the juices to develop and the sugar and gelatin to dissolve, about 15 minutes. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes on full power, or until gelatin has dissolved. Stir to blend in the gelatin and then mix in the remaining strawberries.
  2. In a separate bowl, mash 1 cup of the blue berries with the back of a fork. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1 envelope of gelatin. Set aside at room temperature to allow the juices to develop and the sugar and gelatin to dissolve. Heat in the microwave for about 2 minutes to melt the gelatin, then stir to blend. Mix in the remaining blueberries.
  3. Cover the bottom and sides of a springform or a tall, removable bottom tube pan tightly with aluminum foil to keep the juices from seeping out.
  4. Pour all of the strawberry mixture into the bottom of the cake pan, cover completely with slices of angel food cake, tearing or cutting pieces to fit in a tight layer. Spread 1 container of whipped topping over the first cake layer. Make a second layer of angel food cake, like the first, and pour the blueberry mixture evenly over the top. Arrange the angel food cake in a third layer on top of the blueberries, spread the remaining container of whipped topping on top. Finish the dessert with a final layer of angel food cake.
  5. The layered cake will be higher than the edges of your pan. Carefully lay a large piece of aluminum foil over the cake and place a baking sheet on top. Invert the cake, press the cake firmly onto the baking sheet. Weigh down the mold, using pie weights or bags of dry beans or rice; refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight.
  6. Soak a kitchen towel in very hot water, wring out excess water, and wrap the towel around the cake pan; let stand for 1 minute. Remove the towel. Holding the pan and plate together, shake the cake back and forth to release it from the sides of the pan. Open the springform ring carefully, or pull back the sides of the tube pan. Do not force the cake to release. If it continues to stick, repeat the procedure with the hot towel.

Cake Balls

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Any flavor cake mix and combination of frosting flavors can be used to make these cute, and ever so popular cake balls!
Prep Time: 40 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Ready In: 1 Hr 10 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1 (3 ounce) bar chocolate flavored confectioners coating

Directions

  1. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions using any of the recommended pan sizes. When cake is done, crumble while warm into a large bowl, and stir in the frosting until well blended.
  2. Melt chocolate coating in a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  3. Use a melon baller or small scoop to form balls of the chocolate cake mixture. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set.

Easy Iced Lemon Cake

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Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Bake the cake in 2 layers as directed on package. When cool, slice each layer in half horizontally, making 4 layers. In a medium bowl, combine the 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk with the fresh lemon juice. Reserve half of the mixture and set aside.
  2. Use half of lemon milk mixture to put between layers. With the reserved mixture, gently fold in the whipped topping, and use to frost the entire cake. Chill overnight before serving.

Frozen Chocolate Chunk Cookie Balls

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  120 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in the vanilla, water, flour, chocolate chips, and walnuts, if desired, and mix until well blended. Roll dough into bite-sized balls (or use a small ice cream scoop). Place on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. Store balls in resealable plastic bags in the freezer.

Double Dark Chocolate Cake

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Preparation Time:  30 minutes
Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups boiling water
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 – 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/8 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  7. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  8. Stir in banana mixture.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  11. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  12. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  13. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  14. Spread on cooled cake.
  15. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired

Chocolate Chip Brandy Cake

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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  110 minutes

Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 (12 ounce) package mini chocolate chips, at room temp

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream the cream cheese and the butter together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the sugar and cream well.
  4. Add the vanilla and the brandy, mixing well.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time.
  6. Sift the flour, cornstarch and baking powder together, and fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Add the dry ingredients/chips to the egg/sugar mixture gradually, mixing well after each addition.
  8. Heavily grease a bundt or a 10 inch tube pan, and pour the cake batter into the pan.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  10. Reduce the oven heat to 300 degrees and bake for another 1 hour and 20 minutes.

White Fruit Cake

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Preparation Time:  35 minutes
Cooking Time:  120 minutes

Servings: 36

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups candied pineapple chunks
  • 3 cups golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups candied cherries
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 2 ounces candied orange peel
  • 2 ounces candied citron peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 4 cups pecans, chopped
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Chop pineapple, raisins, and cherries. Combine chopped fruit with currants, orange peel, and citron; soak in orange juice overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Place a small pan of water in the oven. Line one 5×9 inch loaf pan and two 3×8 inch loaf pans with parchment or doubled waxed paper.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioner’s sugar. Stir in beaten egg yolks. Stir in fruit, juice, and pecans. Mix in sifted flour.
  4. In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites to peaks. Fold into batter. Fill pans 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until golden brown, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

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Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add water to juice to measure 1-1/4 cups; set aside.
  2. Pour butter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cranberries and walnuts. Top with pineapple.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix, eggs, oil and reserved pineapple juice. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a large serving platter (top will have an uneven appearance).