Wednesday, June 24, 2009

glutten for punishment

It's no wonder this michelin tire around my waist never seems to go away.  How could it when the only thing I know how to cook is DESSERT?!?!

Here are a few recent faves.  I thought I'd share because I love finding recipes on blogs.
Hope you enjoy!

Coconut Pecan Cake
* warning *  if you don't like coconut, don't attempt

1 box yellow cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding (small)
1 1/3 C water
4 eggs
¼ C cooking oil (I use canola)
2 C grated coconut
1 C chopped pecans

Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed approximately 4 minutes to ensure all ingredients are well blended. Stir in coconut and nuts and blend well. Pour cake batter into 3 greased and floured cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out “clean.”

One 8 oz pkg. cream cheese
4 T butter
2 C toasted coconut (see below)
2 T milk
3 ½ C confectioners sugar, sifted
½ t vanilla

Melt 2 T butter in a skillet, add coconut, stir over low to medium heat until toasted. Spread coconut over absorbent paper (I use a brown paper grocery bag). Cream 2 T butter with cream cheese. Add milk, then beat in sugar. Blend in vanilla, then stir in 1 ¾ C of the toasted coconut. Frost cake with icing, then sprinkle/press remaining coconut on top of cake. Placing the cake in the refrigerator helps set up the icing for easier cutting.

Bakerella's Cookie Dough Brownies (so easy!)

Recipe go to bakerella's blog.

Banana Cake with Burnt Butter Frosting
This goes into the recipe box for LIFE!

Banana Cake:

2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar (IMPORTANT - I used 1 cup white sugar and a 1/2 cup brown sugar)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup buttermilk or sour milk
2 medium ripe bananas, smashed
2 eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix everything together. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour into 9x13 pan (I used the Demarle sunflower mold). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 

Burnt Butter Frosting:

1 cube butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
milk to consistency

Melt butter in pan on stove until foam cooks off and the color is a deep caramel. Pour butter over powdered sugar. Add vanilla and milk to the consistency you want. Beat for about one minute. 


Kaylynn said...

I would read this on a day I didn't eat breakfast - seriously I'm drooling. . .

Chelsy said...

I'm reading this as I sit at my desk and pop Dreyer's Dibs Ice Cream bites in my mouth, one after the other. And on my to-do list for the day (not checked off, like every day) reads, "Train for triathlon". And I wonder why all my clothes are feeling tighter these days (if they fit at all). :o)

Broadobalds said...

I got fatter just reading this post.

shawna said...

Diane's made the bakerella cookie-brownies....
yes they are D E L I S H!!
And they are addicting you CANNOT eat one and then be done. The chocolate ganache on top... ooooh.

Berta said...

W.O.W ! ! ! ! I've gained 10 lbs just LOOKING at it! Nice job sweetie! I can't see your pic of the banana cake - picture not visible!

IMPORTANT NOTE: send me some, please!

Jayne said...

Wow Al,
Way to make us lowly snickerdoodle makers feel bad.

HEATHER D said...

I honestly can't believe you just put me through that. I gained 10 pounds just looking at those photos. I know what I will be doing tomorrow morning.......COOKING THOSE YUMMY DESSERTS! You rock! Thanks for the post. Hey what camera are you using now? I want to start taking pictures like you. AMAZING.

Tarah said...

Awesome!!! the cake and the cookie brownies (my kids 2 favorites combined into 1) Hows the photography going?? (Tarah Hemeon incase you didn't recognize)

Sarah said...

Oh wow--these all look so dangerous! I am trying that chocolate cookie brownie thing tonight!

Marie said...

WOWzas! Yummy to my tummy! I think I will try the delicious brownies tomorrow!

collette crew said...

oh my heavenly wonderfulness. I LOVED the last recipe you gave me (sweet pot-a-to cheesecake) and these are next on the list to make. yum!