Grandma Milne’s Chocolate Cherry Cake with Frosting

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This is one of grandma’s favorite cake recipes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (or you may use vanilla)
  • 2 beaten eggs

Add together by hand until well mixed.  Bake in 13×9 inch greased baking pan at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.

Frost this cake while it is still hot.

Ingredients for Frosting:

1 cup sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup milk, 1 cup chocolate chips.

In a small saucepan combine: 1 cup sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, 1/3 cup milk and bring to a boil.  Stir constantly while it boils for one minute.  Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips until smooth and then pour over the top of the cake.

Elaine’s Apple Pie and Pie Crust

This is Grandmother Elaine Smith’s recipe.

Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water

Sift flour, add salt, sift into large bowl.  Make hole in center of flour.  Place shortening in hole.  Cut into flour & shortening with pastry blender.  Add water and mix with fork into a ball.

  • 5 apples (or more)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (or more depending on size of apples)
  • 2 TBSP four
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Juice of one lemon

Layer apples with sugar, spice flour mixture.  Add lemon juice.

Brush top with canned milk.  You may sprinkle a little sugar over that.  Bake at 425 for 10 mins and then 325 for 45 minutes.

Sam’s Favorite Carrot Cake

Recipe courtesy: Allrecipes.com

photo credit: allrecipes.com

I LOVE this carrot cake recipe.  Recipe source

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.” –L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

This is one of the best carrot cakes I have ever tasted.  It actually tastes better the day after making it and even better the day after that.  I didn’t have buttermilk, but I made the buttermilk as follows: Milk (just under one cup) 1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice (I used lemon juice) Preparation:  Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.  Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.   Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk**
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil (I used applesauce instead in equal amount)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar (2 cups makes it sweeter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Reviewers suggestion: Add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8×12 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
  5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
  6. Pour into prepared 8×12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45-50 minutes. Check with toothpick.
  7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Cream Cheese Frosting *  This year I grated an entire lemon zest and stirred it into the frosting and it was very good.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Zest from one large lemon

Directions

  1. Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
*Stir in the grated lemon zest.  Frost cake and enjoy.
It’s too funny that this recipe is out here under Sam’s Famous Recipe. My name is Sam also and I got almost the same recipe from my mom almost 20 years ago and started making it. I am known throughout the World’s Largest and BEST Aircraft Manufacturing Company for this recipe and even brought it in one day to have it put on a company plane for a delivery to a old coworker that was craving a piece of it. Love ya Ira! Only difference between this cake and mine are the following three changes. 1) Drop the raisins (never liked them anyway) 2) I use a total of 2 cups Sugar 3) I cook it for a total of 50 minutes in glass pans or 55 minutes in metal. Use either a cream cheese frosting or… look at the buttermilk glaze on the other recipes here.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Yellow Cake Mix – set aside 1 cup of the mix

1 stick of softened butter (or margarine)

1 egg

Mix with pastry blender and pat it in the bottom of a 10 x 13 pan.

Combine: 1 small can of Pumpkin (12 oz?)

1 small can (13 oz?) of Evaporated Milk

3 slightly beaten eggs

Pour on top of Cake crust.

Mix: 1 cup of cake mix that was set aside

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

3 tbsp. of butter (or margarine)

Sprinkle on top of Pumpkin mixture.

Bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes.

 

Original BAKER’S German’s Sweet Chocolate Cake

 

Original BAKER’S GERMAN’S Sweet Chocolate Cake

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Servings

16 servings

What You Need

1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S GERMAN’S Sweet Chocolate

 

1/2 cup water
 4 eggs, separated
 2 cups flour
 1 tsp. baking soda
 1/4 tsp. salt
 1 cup butter, softened
 2 cups sugar
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1 cup buttermilk

Make It

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Cover bottoms of 3 (9-inch) round pans with parchment; spray sides with cooking spray. Microwave chocolate and water in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Beat egg whites in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition.
  • Add egg whites; stir gently until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Immediately run small spatula around cakes in pans. Cool cakes in pans 15 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Prepare Coconut-Pecan Filling and Frosting; spread between cake layers and onto top of cake.

Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake (Hershey’s Recipe)

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • 2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING. Makes 12 servings.
  • VARIATIONS:
  • ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
  • THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
  • BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.
  • CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.
  • “PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE” CHOCOLATE FROSTING
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  • Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

Expert cook Martha Moench (Thanksgiving Point Cook, Lehi, UT) gave her pie-centered suggestions in a November 2007 article titled,“Perfect pies: Thanksgiving pies to be proud of.”

Martha’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie

1 9-10-inch piecrust baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Filling: 1 15-oz. can pumpkin — NOT pie filling

1/2 teaspoon Realsalt

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks

whipped cream and toasted coconut for garnish (optional)
Combine the pumpkin, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, grated ginger, and grated nutmeg in medium saucepan, stir well and warm over low heat to blend flavors for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Add condensed milk and coconut milk and whisk to blend well: cook until the mixture is heated through just a minute or two.

Put the eggs and yolks in a small bowl and whisk to blend. Whisk the pumpkin mixture into the eggs, a spoonful at a time to warm up the eggs, then add this mixture back into the pumpkin mix and whisk well.

Pour the warm filling into the pie shell, removing about 1/4 cup if using a 10-inch pie shell. Bake until a thin knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack and then refrigerate. Serve at room temperature or chilled with a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 8-10.

EASY Coconut Cream Pie

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“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” –Mark Twain

This is Kraft recipe is easy to prepare but you do need to allow 4 hours of time for pie to be refrigerated before serving.

This recipe serves eight.

Ingredients:

2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

2 cups cold milk

2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided

1 cup BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, divided

1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)

Directions:

Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in 1 cup COOL WHIP and 3/4 cup coconut; pour into crust.  Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Meanwhile, toast remaining coconut.  Top pie with remaining COOL WHIP; sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

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 “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller

 

Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

I got this recipe from my friend Kari.

INGREDIENTS:

For the cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (we use Dutch processed)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, for decorating
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, salt, and water and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add half of the melted butter mixture and whisk until completely blended. The mixture will be thick. Add the remaining butter mixture and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until completely blended. Whisk in the sour cream, peppermint extract, and the vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
  4. 4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then invert onto a wire cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.
  5. 5. While the cake is cooling, make the chocolate glaze. Place the chopped chocolate and corn syrup in a medium bowl and set aside. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in a small saucepan and put over medium heat. Stir until the cream is hot and the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  6. 6. Drizzle the glaze over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes or peppermint candies. Cut into pieces and serve.

Note-if you don’t have sour cream, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead. The cake will keep on the counter for 2-3 days. Be careful when covering it because the glaze will stick to plastic wrap. I like to cover it with a cake topper.

Bon Appetit Magazine’s Best Cheesecake

 

Meet the absolute best cheesecake recipe. Room temperature ingredients ensure a smooth and creamy texture; take the cream cheese, sour cream, and eggs out of the refrigerator about 2 hours ahead of time. This is part of BA’s Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Recipe source: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/bas-best-cheesecake

Ingredients

SERVINGS: MAKES ONE 9″ CAKE

Crust

  • 9 ounces graham crackers, chocolate wafer cookies, vanilla wafer cookies, or gingersnap cookies
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, slightly cooled

Cheesecake And Assembly

  • 20 ounces cream cheese (2½ 8-ounce bars), room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • cup sour cream, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Special Equipment

  • A 9″ springform pan

 Preparation

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs form (you should have about 2 cups). Add raw sugar and salt and pulse just to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is the consistency of wet sand.
  • Transfer mixture to springform pan and, using a measuring cup, press crumbs firmly onto bottom and 2″ up sides of pan. Bake crust until fragrant and edges just start to take on color, 12–15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Cheesecake And Assembly

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Pulse cream cheese, granulated sugar, and salt in food processor, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until smooth. Scrape in vanilla seeds; save pod for another use. Add sour cream and lemon zest and pulse until smooth. Add eggs and pulse to combine. Scrape into cooled crust and bake cheesecake until edges are set but center is still wobbly, 35–40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Chill until firm, at least 2 hours.
  • Do Ahead: Cheesecake can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Recipe by Dawn Perry