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Tie-Dye Cake with Blue Raspberry Frosting

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Swirls of colors plus a blue raspberry frosting make everyone smile when they see this cake!

This recipe is dedicated to my nephew Marshal, who informed me a few weeks ago that today, October 10, 2012 is an important day:  it marks the 2 year anniversary of the release of  “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” TV show.

Confused?  I was!  Apparently this show, targeted toward young girls, has gained a cult following among teenage boys– they call themselves “Bronies”…I guess Bro+ponies= Bronies.  Um…yeah. Learned all of that on Wikipedia… SO Marshal was telling me that he and his friends wanted to make a rainbow cake (for the pony “Rainbow Dash”, of course) to celebrate the day.  The thought of making 6 layers of cake in different colors sounded exhausting, so instead I made 6 colors and just dumped them on top of each other in the same pan.  I love how it turned out!

Here’s how it was made:

INGREDIENTS: (printer friendly recipe)

  • One boxed white cake mix, plus eggs, water and oil to make it according to the box.
  • Icing colors in Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Orange and Yellow.
  • One stick (4 oz.) salted butter at room temp.
  • One stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter at room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry flavoring

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Make cake mix according to box (or make your own favorite white cake recipe!)
  • Grease 2- 9 inch cake pans and place a circle of parchment paper in the bottom of each.
  • Evenly divide batter into 6 bowls (about 1 cup of batter in each)
  • Add icing color gels to color each bowl of batter.
  • Pour 1/2 of the purple batter in the center of one pan.
  • Pour 1/2 of the blue batter into the center of the purple batter (adding the blue will push the purple toward the edges).
  • Continue to pour 1/2 of each color batter into the center using green, yellow, orange and red in that order.
  • In second pan do the same but in the reverse order, starting with the red 1st.
  • Bake at 350 according to package (mine took about 25 minutes)
  • Remove from oven and cool.  Tip over onto a wire cake rack to finish cooling.
  • Make frosting by adding butters, powdered sugar, raspberry flavor and a little blue icing gel color together and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Level off the tops of each cake layer and place one layer, cut side up on a serving plate.  Frost the top of this layer.
  • Place the second layer, cut side down on top and frost entire cake.
  • Sprinkle with rainbow sugar or decorate as desired.

ENJOY!!!

My thoughts:  Although this cake was created with Marshal’s celebration in mind, it would be such a fun and colorful addition to any party!!!  Lets hear it for tie-dye rainbow cake!!!!!  Thanks for the idea Marshal!!!

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Mini Heath Bar Crunch Cakes

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These mini Chocolate cakes are filled with a creamy Heath Bar filling and covered in a chocolate glaze.

A few weeks ago I posted a Boston Cream Pie recipe using this fun little Mini Cake Pan.  Again, this recipe would work just fine as a regular cake with the cream as a filling between the layers and the glaze poured over the top– but I chose cute over practical and used these pans.  This is the second dessert I’ve done in them and they just turn out beautifully!  Here’s the recipe- it is an easy one!!!

Ingredients:

  • One chocolate cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • 2 c. Cool Whip Topping
  • 2 1/2 c. crushed Heath Bars
  • 2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 T. corn syrup

Directions:

  • Make glaze 1st:  Melt together chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup.   Place in fridge for at least one hour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Make cake mix according to box
  • Spoon  about 1/2 c. of batter into each Mini Cake Pan
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes
  • Tip baked cakes on to a cake rack and cool completely.
  • Repeat this process (one cake mix will make 4-5 complete cakes)
  • To make filling, combine Heath bars with Cool Whip topping.
  • Spoon filling in the cavity in each cake.

    • Tip one cake layer on to a second (keeping the fillings in the middle)
    • Remove glaze (it will be pretty thick) from the fridge and frost tops and sides of each cake.
    • Reheat remaining glaze and pour over the top of each cake to make a smooth outer layer (do this on a cake rack over a cookie sheet so excess glaze can drip through).
    • Sprinkle tops of each cake with remaining crushed Heath bars.
    • Chill until glaze is hard.

My thoughts:  I’m a huge fan of heath bars and chocolate together, so this was a dream dessert in my book!  I really like how the white filling is a “surprise” when you cut into the cake.  These are VERY easy to make and put together- my only dilemma was the glaze.  I tried it with the Boston cream Pie recipe and struggled with it then, but it was SO YUMMY that I used it again here.  I didn’t get the smooth finish I was hoping for…sigh.  If any of you have a good smooth glaze that you use– please share!!!!  Enjoy!!! -r

NOTE:  This recipe will be automatically posted for me as I will be out of the country for a few weeks.  I will be unable to answer your questions or respond to your comments during this time– my apologies ahead of time!  I will catch up with all of you when I return!  -r



Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes

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A fun twist on the traditional pineapple upside down cake– little mini cakes that are so pretty and fun to serve!

The Mini cheesecake pan is back!  I love this Chicago Metallic pan so much!!!  I know lots of you have gotten this pan for previous recipes (Cookie cheesecakes and Frozen S’mores) and love it– so here’s another!  These little cakes could be made in muffin tins- but in the mini cheesecake pan the bottom comes right out and you can keep your toppings in place and pretty– no sticking to the bottom of the pan.  Love it!  Here’s the recipe: so easy!

Ingredients:

  • One boxed white cake mix (plus the oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • 2/3c. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3c. melted butter
  • 1 (20oz.) can of pineapple chunks
  • 24 maraschino cherries

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place disks in the bottom of your Mini cheesecake pan and spray well with non-stick spray.
  • Mix together brown sugar and melted butter.
  • Spoon half of the sugar mixture evenly into the bottom of each cup in the pan (this recipe makes 24 mini cakes, so if you only have one pan you will need to do this in 2 batches).
  • Place one cherry in the center of each cup.
  • Break apart pineapple chunks and place around cherry in each cup.
  • Make cake mix according to box (I used the whole egg method)
  • Spoon half of batter evenly in each cup over cherry and pineapple.
  • Place pan on a cookie sheet (important– these will leak a little!!!)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 22-24 minutes.
  • Allow pan to set and cool.
  • Gently push up on bottom disk and remove each mini-cake from pan.
  • Place bottom up on a cake rack and gently remove disk from top (replace any fillings that stick)
  • Wash your sticky fingers and pan and repeat to make 24 cakes (unless you are lucky enough to have two pans- then you can do them all at once!)
  • Allow these to cool completely.  Once they set they hold together beautifully- they are just a little fragile when they are still warm.

My thoughts: Well, I hate cooked fruit.  I have to admit that I didn’t try these.  I did, however, enlist many friends and coworkers in the tasting process and got a unanimous thumbs up on them.  They are (of course!) more work than just a regular cake.  They are sticky and the toppings slide off a bit and I wished I had 2 pans so that I could do them all at once.  I’m thinking of getting a second one…. the end result was so cute and so much more fun than just a plain cake though.  I really like that everyone gets pineapple and a cherry.  Enjoy!!!!!!!  -r

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