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.

Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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.

Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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…..

Neapolitan Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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
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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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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake #SundaySupper

We are expecting our first substantial snow fall here today in Southwestern Michigan.  How exciting!  I feel like the holiday can finally get under way.  I’ve strung the lights up outside, put up the tree, hit the Amazon Cyber Monday deals.  We are way ahead of schedule this year and only have a few presents left to get so that means in not too long I have to do one task that I don’t particular like about Christmas-wrapping presents.  I’ll be honest, I suck at it! However one tradition that I have kind of makes it easy to get through, I enjoy a big glass of eggnog while doing it.  That creamy concoction mixed with a little spiced rum….yummy!  Makes the fact that I cannot make even a shirt box look presentable a little less stinging. But I’ve never had ‘nog any other way….so I decided to try something different.

Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In order to let everyone this holiday season enjoy eggnog I decided to use it in a method that is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to cook ~ no bake cheesecake.  A no bake cheesecake can be changed up to suite the needs of any occasion.  Have a picnic? Make my Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake.  Need a quick dessert for a football cookout?  Whip up a Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake.  Easy, fast, versatile and more importantly~delicious!  This Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake with Ginger Snap Crust is a winner for the holidays.  And did you see that I said ‘easy’?  Check out the video showing how quickly it comes together.

Dessert is made.  So now you can get back to wrapping all those presents.  I hope you are better at it than I am! And here you are……Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake
Creamy caramel and eggnog cheesecake filling covers a crunchy ginger snap cookie crust. Drizzle with more caramel and top with candied walnuts for a perfect no bake holiday treat.
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
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Candied Walnuts
Eggnog Filling
Ginger Snap crust
Carmel Bottom & Drizzle
  • 11 ounces caramels reserve 10 in seperate dish for dirzzle
  • 3 Tbs milk 2 for caramel bottom then 1 for drizzle
Caramel Bottom Eggnog Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. For the candied walnuts cook butter, brown sugar and walnuts for 1-2 minutes on stove top medium/high heat. Set to the side to cool.
  2. Crush cookies then add to a greased pie pan. Mix with sugar and butter. Press down to form to pan.
  3. Melt larger bowl of caramels with 2 Tbs milk for around 35-45 seconds. Pour into crust.
  4. Mix Jell-o, eggnog, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg together with electric mixer until combined. Pour over caramel and ginger snap crust.
  5. Melt the reserved caramels and milk for 25-35 seconds in microwave. Drizzle over the top of the pie. Add candied walnuts.
  6. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake

Ah, Fall! You are finally here! We are cooling down this week after an extended heat wave and I am so happy.  The heat, humidity and mosquitoes have been bad here in Southwest Michigan so I am ready to start seeing the leaves fall, breathe in the cool crisp air and enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer for the season.  I also cant wait to share you with you one of my favorite fall desserts, Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

I call this ‘Chunky Applesauce’ because this is the applesauce recipe that I make for my family.  If I have a few apples laying around I will whip this up as a side for dinner.  And since I honesty cannot resist a cheesecake this is a great dessert that combines two of my favorite things.  So gather your ingredients….

Chuny Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

If you wanted to just make the applesauce like I do, you would just use this step alone.  I’m sure your family will love it, it’s perfect with a pork roast and mashed potatoes.  Now on to the applesauce.  Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples.  Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil cooking for around 10 minutes.  Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar.  Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan.  In a mixing bowl combine the cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip.  Mix with electric mixer until all combined.  Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust.  On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Let the cheesecake refrigerate for 4-6 hours.  And here you are….

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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**Cheesecake filling adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar

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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake
Cinnamon and nutmeg cheesecake filling on top of chunky applesauce and a graham cracker crust. Creamy and full of the flavors of Fall.
Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chunky Applesauce
Cheesecake
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Chunky Applesauce
Cheesecake
Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chunky Applesauce
  1. Start with making the chunky applesauce. Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples. Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice. Bring to a boil and cook for around 10 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.
Crust
  1. For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar. Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan.
Cheesecake
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the cheese cake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip. Mix with electric mixer until all combined.
  2. Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust. On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. Cut & serve. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake

Jello-O No Bake Cheesecake Dessert comes with everything you need to start.  The box includes a creamy cheesecake mix, a buttery and crunchy graham cracker crust and the sweet strawberry topping.  All you have to do is add the chocolate! Makes for a perfect & quick Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake.

Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

You can find this dessert at many of the picnics that we attend during the summer.  I like taking it because not only is it delicious but it gets rave review.  Call me an attention seeker but I love it when people enjoy what I bring to the table.  And this is one that get enjoyed a lot!

When I get asked for the recipe and I tell them how easy it is I’m always surprised at how many people have never even heard of this stuff.  I mean I remember my mom bringing this home for the first time when I was a teenager and how excited she was to try it.  At the time I think that it was just the basic, plain cheesecake but now they have 8 different types.  Check them out!  Like I usually say, ‘It’s with the Jell-O just usually on the very top shelf at the store.’

This recipe is adapted from the back of a box that was for Jell-O No Bake cheesecake bites.  I liked the idea but didn’t want to take the extra steps to make individual portions so I expanded on the idea and I’ve been making it ever since.  Check out the whole process in the video here—>

See how easy that was?  And here you are…….

Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake
Jello-O No Bake Cheesecake Dessert comes with everything you need to start. The box includes cheesecake mix, the graham cracker crust and the strawberry topping. All you have to do is add the chocolate!
Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Prepare graham cracker crust according to package directions. Adding crumbs from box, 2 Tbs sugar and melted butter. Mix and form as crust in pie pan.
  2. Add chocolate chips and 2 Tbs cold milk to microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds. Take chocolate and stir until well combined. Pour onto the top of prepared crust.
  3. Add pudding mix and remaining 1-1/2 cup cold milk. Mix with electric mixer for 3-5 minutes. Add pudding mix on top of chocolate bottom.
  4. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours.
  5. When ready to serve top with strawberry topping.
  6. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms #SnackWithSimply

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re doing things a little different.  My husband is actually away at a conference for work so it’s just me & the boys.  We are hanging out in our PJ’s and baking up these sweet treats, Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms!

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

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Sweets are a must have in our house.  While I don’t consider myself a baker I do occasionally like to break out the cookie sheets and turn on the oven.  So when I received this jar of Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ to try  I wanted to see how it worked in my Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms.  I mean, doesn’t this look like a perfect combination?

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

The boys and I watching Monsters vs. Aliens while dunking our cookies in some ice cold milk.  So gather your ingredients…..

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer.  Then baking soda, salt and then flour a 1/4 cup at a time. Once the cookie dough is all combined spoon the dough onto a greased pan.  This will make 24 cookies.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Put into a preheated 375 degree oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.  Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

These turned out great!  While I normally use creamy peanut butter for these cookies the Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ added a little ‘crunch’ to them that can’t be beat.  And here you are….

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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If your craving peanut butter & chocolate try these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms
Creamy & crunchy peanut butter meets with a Hershey bar in one perfect cookie combo.
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Course Dessert
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer. Then baking soda, salt then flour a 1/4 cup at a time.
  2. Spoon out cookies onto a greased pan. This will make 24 cookies.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.
  5. Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  6. Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.
  7. Let cool. Enjoy!
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