Chocolate Pecan Pie

Happy November!  Time to dust off Halloween and enjoy a few short weeks before we officially kick off the holidays.  If you’re anything like me even though I have to wait for Thanksgiving feasts I start planning out the menu now.  With any luck you will want to save this Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe for yours.

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This actually is a pie that I have been wanting to make forever.  I was talking to my Step-Mom about a drink recipe that I wanted to make for the holidays.  ‘You know this and your sister’s pie are always what I think about when I remember the holidays.’  A crisp, crunchy top with pecans made way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust.  This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.  Luckily for me, she knew the recipe and gave it to me right then and there.

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According to her I could find the recipe on Baker’s German Chocolate baking squares.  Her sister then just omitted the coconut because her family didn’t care for it.  So off to the store I went and picked up the ingredients.  Unfortunately the Baker’s Chocolate did not have this pie recipe in it but no worries I found this German Chocolate Pie Recipe from Betty Crocker and guess what?  It was spot on.

For this I used a pre-made pie crust.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate.  Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.

To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Mix with a whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla.  Break the chocolate bar into pieces.  In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate.  Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely.  Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk.  Let cool for a few minutes.

To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step.  Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.  Pour filling into the pie crust.  Finally pour the pecans over the top.  Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.

Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours.  Slice it up and serve with whipped cream.  And here you are….

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Chocolate Pecan Pie
A crisp, crunchy top with pecans make way for a fudge center then finally flaky pie crust. This pie is close your eyes and give a sigh good.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and put the pie crust into a 9 inch greased pie plate. Put the pie plate on a cookie sheet in case there is any run over from the pie.
  2. To start in a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla. Break the chocolate bar into pieces. In a pot on the stove over medium/high heat start melting the butter then add the chocolate. Stir until the butter and the chocolate have melted together completely. Turn off the heat then whisk in the evaporated milk. Let cool for a few minutes.
  4. To the bowl with the eggs and vanilla mix in the cooled chocolate from the stove gradually, do not rush this step. Mix in the sugar and cornstarch mixture.
  5. Pour filling into the pie crust. Finally pour the pecans over the top. Cook for 45-50 minutes or until you put a knife into the center and it comes out clean.
  6. Let the pie cool for at least 4 hours. Slice it up and serve with whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Choctoberfest is the perfect reason to dust off old cookie recipes and give them a fresh update.  I was excited to partner this week with Barlean’s and use a different version of one of my favorite items to cook with-coconut oil.  For these I used Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil.  Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other in these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Trading out normal butter on a 1:1 ratio for Barlean’s Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil had these cookies coming out of the oven crispy, which is perfect because that is just how I like them. Now on to the recipe.

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In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg.  Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients.  Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt.  Finally add chocolate chips.  Once everything is all combined take off and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.  The dough will be almost like crumbles when all combined.  Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand.  Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet.  Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.  Like traditional peanut butter cookies press down with a fork horizontal then vertical.  Be careful because the dough is very delicate so press gently.  Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.

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Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.  Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes.  Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper. Until they are fully cooled they will be a easy to crumble so give just a bit before diving in.  Now do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.

After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days but they probably won’t last that long!  And here you….

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips combine with butter flavored coconut oil to make a crisp and crunchy cookie.
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  1. In a mixing bowl of a mixer (or feel free to use a handheld mixer as well) add both sugars, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Start the mixer to start combining the ingredients. Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt. Finally add chocolate chips.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grab the bowl of cookie dough.
  4. Using a spoon scoop out a spoonful into the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball and place onto the prepared sheet. Continue with 11 more scoops so there is a dozen on the pan.
  5. Take the remaining dough and put into the fridge to stay cold while the first batch of cookies bake.
  6. Let cookies bake 14-16 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes. Using a spatula move the cookies to a cooling rack or on a piece of wax paper.
  8. Do the same with the remaining dough that was staying chilled in the refrigerator.
  9. After they have cooled store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Enjoy!
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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

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I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

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In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.  Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.  When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.

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We love to eat our pudding warm.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.  Now I LOVE the skin on my pudding.  However if you are a family that doesn’t you can cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.  And here you are…..

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Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
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Cracker Candy

Have you ever had candy made out of saltine crackers?  If not you absolutely don’t know what your missing out on.  Cracker Candy is the perfect combination of salty toffee, crispy crackers and sweet chocolate.  Top with your families favorite toppings for a treat that will please everyone.

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I was so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Imperial Sugar for Choctoberfest!  My little guy even got into the action layering the crackers onto the sheet pan.  Imperial Sugar is the perfect ingredient for all the goodies we plan on making this holiday season. Create some lifelong memories when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. Now on to the recipe!

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Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil.  Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet.  You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar.  Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.  Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven.  Cook for 5 minutes.

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Take the crackers out of the oven.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.  The biggest trick here is to be patient as the chips do take a little bit to melt and spread.  Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.

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Add whatever toppings you like.  I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.  Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. And here you are….

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Cracker Candy
A candy made with a unique ingredient-crackers. Toffee sauce is poured over saltines then spread with chocolate and topped with nuts and coconut. Perfect for the holidays!
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  1. Start by covering a cookie sheet with tin foil then spray with oil. Now layer crackers evenly over the whole sheet. You may have to crack some of the crackers in half to fill out the edges.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) then add 1 cup of packed Imperial Brown Sugar. Slowly bring to a boil for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Pour over the crackers and put directly into the oven. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Take the crackers out of the oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in a thin layer over the top of the crackers.
  6. Once they are all melted put back into the oven for 2 minutes.
  7. Add whatever toppings you like. I added nuts to all the crackers but shredded coconut to only half since not everyone in the house likes it.
  8. Put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened crack into pieces. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream #SundaySupper

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make ice cream. No fancy equipment just start with 2 simple ingredients and then add from there. I’ve always wanted to try my own so I thought for Fall some pumpkin ice cream would be perfect.  Even better, pumpkin pie ice cream.

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Even though Friday was officially the beginning of Fall ice cream really is in order since this week has been H-O-T!  I’m talking like almost 90 degrees.  It’s a little odd to see the leaves falling when you are staring at them from inside because you want to be close to the A/C.  Not complaining though because Michigan winters are so long that I will take every last bit of Summer I can get.  So now let’s cool off with some ice cream shall we.

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Using a mixer, either stand or handheld, whip the whipping cream for around 5 minutes until peaks form.  With it still going add the can of sweetened condensed milk.  Finally add the pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin spice.  That’s it!  Turn off the mixer and get ready to add the cookies.  In a ziploc bag crush up the cookies or graham crackers whatever your using.  Not too fine though.  Add 3/4 of the cup of crushed cookies into the filling.  Place into a loaf pan, it worked perfect and didn’t take up too much room in my freezer.  Finally put the rest of the cookies on top.

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Into the freezer it goes.  It needs at least 6 hours if not overnight.  I got too tempted and tried it after about 4 hours and it was not done–but it tasted good like pudding just not like ice cream.  Once it’s set, delicious.  And here you are…..

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Cookie crust adapted from Celebrating Sweets.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Love pumpkin pie? Love ice cream? Try this no churn ice cream that has all the pumpkin spice flavors of Fall in a cool treat.
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  1. Using a mixer, either stand or handheld, whip the whipping cream for around 5 minutes until peaks form. With it still going add the can of sweetened condensed milk. Finally add the pumpkin, vanilla and pumpkin spice.
  2. In a ziploc bag crush up the cookies or graham crackers whatever your using. Add 3/4 of the cup of crushed cookies into the filling. Place into a loaf pan.Finally put the rest of the cookies on top.
  3. Place into the freezer for 6 hours to overnight. Enjoy!
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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust

I love raspberries.  This time of year you can finally get them reasonable so I take full advantage of it.  Recently I was watching one of my favorite shows, Diners Drive In’s & Dives, and they showed a cheesecake recipe that looked out of this world from Tin Roof Grill in Utah.  While I didn’t get down the whole recipe what I was most infatuated with was the crust…..made of pound cake.  I knew right then that this was so getting made to the best of my ability.

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I was in a baking mood the day I made this so I ended up going double duty and made my first ever pound cake.  Using Paula Deen’s Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe.  It turned out so great!  So great that I got anxious and didn’t let it cool enough so you will see that it ended up not coming ‘perfectly’ but you know what?  That’s okay!  So now on to the rest of the recipe.

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Let’s start with the crust.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan.  Cut the pound cake into slices.  Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.  Like I said above I got too eager with mine and took it out while still hot so it kind of fell apart.  However, I was still able to get enough slices to cover the bottom and the sides. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.

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Once you are done layering the pound cake now it’s time for the filling.  In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.  So you don’t damage the raspberries fold them gently into the cheesecake filling.  Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.

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As a safeguard I always put my spring-firm pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips.  Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.  Let cheesecake completely cool before serving.  And here you are….

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Cheesecake recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

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Raspberry Cheesecake with Pound Cake Crust
Buttery pound cake crust filled with an easy cream cheese filling with fresh delicious raspberries. Top with even more pound cake pieces and bake. This is a cheesecake every berry lover will enjoy.
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a spring-form pan. Cut the pound cake into slices. Save the ends of the cake to cut into smaller pieces to put on the cheesecake before putting into the oven.
  2. Lightly press down on the pieces so it forms a nice crust and covers up any large holes.
  3. In a bowl or stand mixer beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, whip cream and sour cream.
  4. Fold raspberries gently into the cheesecake filling.
  5. Pour mixture into the crust then top with the chopped up cake pieces.
  6. Put spring-form pan on top of a larger cookie sheet in case of any drips. Put into oven and cook for 1 hour.
  7. Let cheesecake completely cool before serving. Enjoy!
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Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake #SundaySupper

Who is ready for 4th of July? ** Raises hand, Me! Me! Me!**  Anyone else?  I mean what is not to love?  Cookouts, fireworks, ice cold beer, fireworks, parades and more fireworks and best of all cookout food!  This year I decided to try something different with my no bake cheesecake and ended up very happy with the results.  My Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake will be making the cookout rounds this year.

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Every year for the 4th of July growing up we would have big parties at my grandparents house.  Their home was on the main street of a small town and the parade went right by.  Afterwards we would have a cookout.  So much fun and so many great memories.

This year we plan on spending most of the time by the pool at our new home.  Kicking back and relaxing and spending time with the family is what it is all about, am I right? So now on to the dessert!

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To get the ‘blue’  obviously I decided to use blueberries.  Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

Once the blueberries have cooled it’s time to make the rest of the cheesecake.  Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter.  Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.  Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.

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Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce.  Place the blueberry layer on the crust.  Add the rest of the filling on top of the blueberry layer.  Now put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating.  Slice and serve…and here you are…..

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Blueberry Sauce adapted from Farm Girl Gabs.

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Red, White & Blue No Bake Cheesecake
Blueberry sauce is combined with cheesecake mix then layered into a graham cracker crust. Top with more cheesecake filling then top with cherries. A perfect dessert for any summer get together.
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  1. Clean and wash 2 cups of them then add to a pot with sugar, water and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium heat and let reduce and cook the berries down for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  2. Prepare the crust using the graham cracker mix, sugar and melted butter. Put crust into a greased pie plate making sure to get the crust up onto the sides of the plate as well.
  3. Mix the cheesecake filling and milk together with an electric mixer for 2-4 minutes.
  4. Take half of the cheesecake filling and mix with the cooled blueberry sauce. Place the blueberry layer on the crust.
  5. Now add the rest of the filling on top of that.
  6. Put the pie into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  7. Before serving add the cherry topping after refrigerating. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
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Cupcakes & Measuring-Get Kids Cooking

I am excited this week to have Education.com as a guest poster! My first ever. This fun recipe combines the fun of getting kids in the kitchen and learning. Big A right now is learning measurements so this is a great project. And the cooler weather has me thinking Fall so the recipe can’t be beat.

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Missing the flavors of fall? For those of you who are “apple people” all year long – and who may have kids who are – try baking these scrumptious spiced apple cupcakes! At a quick glance, these lovely little treats look like caramel apples. But look again and you’ll see that they’re actually soft, delicious cupcakes coated in caramel. Baking is a great way for your child to practice important math skills like measurement and fractions, while she prepares some delicious food for the family. No doubt about it, these cupcakes are as much fun to make as they are to eat!

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Bake Caramel Apple Spiced Cupcakes
Spiced apples are added to cake & pudding mix then topped with a rich caramel glaze. All the flavors of Fall!
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  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Line 24 cups on your cupcake pans with paper liners. Set the pans aside.
  3. Prepare the cupcake batter: Place the drained apple rings in the food processor and finely chop them with the pulse button for 15 seconds.
  4. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, chopped apple rings, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds.
  5. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure all of the batter is incorporated. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping down the sides again if needed. The batter should look well combined.
  6. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup batter into each lined cupcake cup, filling it two thirds of the way. You will get between 22 and 24 cupcakes.
  7. Remove the empty liners if any and fill the empty cups in the pan each with a small amount of water. Place the pans side by side in the oven.
  8. Bake the cupcakes until they are golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 18 to 20 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for about 5 minutes.
  9. Gently remove the cupcakes from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before glazing.
  10. Meanwhile, prepare the caramel glaze: Unwrap the caramels and place them in a medium-size saucepan. Add the evaporated milk. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until all the caramels are melted and the mixture is combined, about 5 to 6 minutes. At the very end, stir in the vanilla.
  11. Immediately spoon the warm caramel glaze over the top of each cooled cupcake and sprinkle the chopped peanuts around the edges. Careful! The caramel will be hot and this part can get pretty sticky too!
  12. Push a craft stick in the center of each cupcake, if desired, to make them look like caramel apples. The cupcakes are ready to serve and enjoy!
  13. Store these cupcakes, in a cake saver, under a glass dome or in a large tupperware container, at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze them (without the craft sticks), wrapped in aluminum foil or in a cake saver, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cupcakes overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
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*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saut*The Cupcake Doctor Says...

If you can't find spiced apples, you can use fresh apples as a substitute. Cut 3 to 4 fresh apples (any kind you like) into slices and throw them into a saute pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!
e pan with 1/3 cup of water, about a Tbsp of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Saute over medium low heat for a few minutes until the apples are tender. Once they've cooled for a few minutes, chop them up or throw them into the food processor for a rough chop. Add the apples to the batter and follow the recipe accordingly. These cupcakes are perfect for parties, and they look beautiful lined up on a wooden tray!

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Neapolitan Poke Cake

Ah February! I am so happy to see you.  While this tends to be one of the colder months of the Winter in Michigan we are now starting to see that it’s creeping closer and closer to Spring.  It’s lighter out in the morning and we are making it to nearly 6pm before it gets dark.  We made it over the holiday hump and are still motivated with all the New Year resolutions we made.  Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of Winter but February brings a little holiday that can easily leave you feeling warm in the heart & soul even if it’s cold outside, “Valentine’s Day”.  For my sweethearts I made this Neapolitan Poke Cake.  Layers of strawberry, chocolate and vanilla make this simple dessert into a special treat for the ones I love.

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Aren’t simple desserts the best?  Not only are they easy to make but I am still in the learning phases of becoming the baker I one day hope to be!  Until then I will stick with no-bake cheesecakes, simple upside down cakes and poke cakes.  Easy and delicious.

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When I make cakes I always go straight to the box but then I divert from the directions by substituting the water for milk and that is what I did here by following the directions but adding whole milk instead.  So all you have to do it beat cake mix ingredients in a bowl at medium speed until well combines.  Grease a 13×9 pan and add cake mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Take cake out and let cool.

Once the cake has cooled down a bit make the pudding.  With an electric mixer blend together the milk and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes.  Now it’s time to ‘poke’ it.  Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.  Pour the pudding on top of the cake then take spatula to push the pudding so that it goes into all the ‘pokes’ and spread evenly all over the top.

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Refrigerate to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.  Just before serving add vanilla to tub of whipped cream and stir to combine. Spread whipped cream all over the top of the cake.  Top with chopped strawberries and chocolate syrup.  Place several pecks on the cheek for good measure when serving.  And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Neapolitan Poke Cake
Strawberry cake 'poked' and filled with chocolate pudding then topped with vanilla whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate sauce. An easy dessert for the sweethearts in your life.
Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Strawberry Cake
Chocolate Pudding
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Dessert
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Strawberry Cake
Chocolate Pudding
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Strawberry Cake
  1. Beat cake mix ingredients in a bowl at medium speed until well combines.
  2. Grease a 13x9 pan and add cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take cake out and let cool.
  3. Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it's time to 'poke' it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.
Chocolate Pudding
  1. With an electric mixer blend together the milk and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.
  2. Refrigerate to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.
Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting
  1. Just before serving add vanilla to tub of whipped cream and stir to combine. Spread whipped cream all over the top of the cake. Top with chopped strawberries and chocolate syrup. Enjoy!
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Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake

The holidays are so much fun around here.  Not only do we have Christmas coming but it’s also a time for several birthdays in our family.  Just a few days before Christmas we celebrate my Mother -In-Law’s.  After spending the week with her recently I found out she has a peppermint mocha obsession so I decided to bake her something I know she will love, Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake.

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While we were in Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving I found out that my MIL has a ‘Starbucks’ Sixth Sense.  It was like she could sniff one out from 300 feet away.  She would say “I’ll be right back!” then return with a steaming cup of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha with delight in her eyes.  I think it was her favorite thing to do next to eating at Be Our Guest.  I hope she enjoys this cake as much as she enjoyed that Starbucks!

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Feel free to cook the white cake mix per package directions.  For me, that is usually just a ‘guide’.  Most boxed cake mixes call for water which I will substitute with milk.  Or for my Piña Colada Upside Down Cake I added pineapple juice.  Mix it up! And this trick works for most baked goods.  Take my Chocolate Cherry Cafe Brownies for example, I used coffee instead of milk or water.  Turned out great!

For this particular recipe I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk and 3 eggs.  Mix then add the batter to a 13″ x 9″ greased pan then put into a preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake for 34-38 minutes.  Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.  Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it’s time to ‘poke’ it.  Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.  Once it’s been sufficiently poked now it’s time to prepare the pudding.

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With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes.   Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.  Now lick the bowl, you know you want to!  Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.

Just before serving frost with the whipped cream.  Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.  So festive!  And here you are….

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Holidays!

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Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake
Fluffy white cake 'poked' so Peppermint Mocha pudding fill every part. Top with whipped cream and chopped peppermint bark. A simple cake for the holiday!
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
White Cake
  1. For this particular recipe I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk and 3 eggs. Mix then add the batter to a 13" x 9" greased pan then put into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 34-38 minutes. Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it's time to 'poke' it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
  1. With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.
  2. Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.
Topping
  1. Just before serving frost with the whipped cream. Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.
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