Angel Food Cake in the Instant Pot

I have made several cheesecakes in my instant pot. However, once it came to posting pictures here, I always decided not to because while they have tasted very good…I am not a good cake decorator, let’s put it that way. The other night I wanted a quick desert, but already had something taking up the oven. So I wondered if I could make something like a cake in the IP. So I made an angel food cake and my son declared it to be one of the best things he has eaten that I made. Here is what I did…Read More »

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Happiness and Cake

Did you know that March 20th is the International Day of Happiness? What makes it even doubly happy for me is that I will be defending my dissertation proposal. So fingers crossed!

Maybe because Happiness Day falls in March, but many refer to the month as Mindful March or Happiness Month. So for this month, I will be talking a lot about happiness. Happiness and creativity often go hand in hand. Last night was my first night without any homework, dissertation work, group work, or class meetings for a couple of weeks now…yes, it has been rough so far which is why this site has been empty of any updates. However, I left work in an awesome mood and I had energy last night, so I decided to put some everyday creativity to work. I baked!

Okay, so it might not look like much, but this Pineapple Upside Down Cake was the first one I ever tried to make and it was so yummy. I brought some with me to work today for lunch and it was even better the next day. I can’t wait until dinner tonight because I can have some more for dessert. Yum!

If you would like to make your own, here is what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can pineapple rings (keep the juice!)
  • 1 can pitted cherries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs

Materials:

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Drain your pineapple juice from the can into a measuring cup. You should get about 1 cup, but if not, add enough water to equal 1 cup.
  3. Dump your pineapple juice, oil, and eggs in the mixer. Mix until well combined.
  4. Add your cake mix, mix on medium speed for about 2min. Set Aside.
  5. Take your 13×9 pan and coat the bottom with the melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the butter evenly over the pan.
  7. Place your pineapple rings evenly over the bottom of the pan, on top of the butter/brown sugar combo.
  8. Place your cherries in any open spaces left on the bottom of your pan.
  9. Next, dump your cake batter evenly on top of the fruit.
  10. Bake for 45-50 min. Use a toothpick to check for doneness. If the toothpick, when poked in the middle, does not come out clean, put your cake in the oven for a few more minutes. Be careful not to burn the cake!
  11. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  12. Take a spatula and loosen the edges of the cake from the pan.
  13. Place parchment paper on top of the cake with a baking sheet on top of that and flip your cake pan so the cake is now upside down on the baking sheet.
  14. Enjoy!

Seriously, how can you not be happy when you have such a sweet dessert as a treat?

How to Make Devil’s Food Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

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Who doesn’t love the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and peanut butter? These soft and chewy cookies make a perfect treat. All it takes is four ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick softened butter
  • 1 bag peanut butter chips (approx 12oz)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine eggs and butter together in mixer. D3028588-BB7D-47C0-983D-3BFFFE9B00C8
  3. Add cake mix to the eggs and butter combo. Use a low setting on the mixer or you may end up with cake mix powder everywhere! A8A53B99-44C6-4D55-B207-72AEE311E4BB
  4. Add peanut butter chips to mix.
  5. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet in rounded balls (I like to use silicon baking mats to line my cookie sheets).9BA73C7F-C955-4193-A97C-59B81101DB19
  6. Bake for 9 minutes. D3400679-DAB7-4D85-A90F-070682432A38
  7. Transfer to cookie rack and let cool.

This recipe is easily swapped out for your favorite cake mix and chips. Have fun experimenting with flavors.

Yummm…

I am sitting here wondering what to write about. I kinda wish that I had a new book review to post or something, but no such luck. To be honest, I have kinda been slacking when it comes to writing or reading anything. I did however bake a wonderful cake for my husband the other day.

My intention was not to bake a cake. I was going to make brownies. Now making brownies may sound simple to you, but not to me. I have a self imposed restriction against baking them. Don’t get me wrong, I love brownies. I love eating them. But the brownies don’t like me making them. True to past history, I mixed all my ingredients together and reached into the jumbo warehouse sized box of brownie mix for a pouch (see we really like brownies!) when chocolate powder went flying. The bag had been split open. I reached for the last bag only to find that one too had been split open. Now my parents taught me well that if a package is open, not to use it.

Here I was with my eggs and oil mixed together and my oven pre-heated. I really wanted something chocolate. I did have the ingredients to make something from scratch, but in the back of my pantry I found a box of Devil’s Food Cake mix. All I needed to do was add another egg and some more water.

Now this is probably why baking brownies and I don’t get along. Of course, I couldn’t leave the mix un-tweaked. I added a box of Jello instant chocolate pudding to the mix.  The batter instantly took on the airy consistency of pudding. Now I couldn’t leave it just like that. I took a bottle of caramel syrup and drizzled it over the top of the cake batter.

Because I added so much to the mix, I did have to leave it in the oven slightly longer than the cake box recommended. It was worth it. The cake was so moist and the caramel had baked into the batter giving it an interesting flavor. No icing needed for this rich decadent treat.

This will definitely be a repeat recipe.