Oh My…Has it been that long???

Once again apologies to all.  My Honey will be home in less than a month…HOORAY…and I seem to be busy all the time, but not sure what I am getting accomplished…if anything.

First business…..Happy Belated Birthday BrazenBites.  I baked a cake the day after and it got devoured around here.  Well, better that than never.  It’s a Paula Deen ooey gooey cake. 

PAULA’S VOLCANO CAKE

Ingredients

Cream mixture:

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups 4X or 10X sugar

Cake:

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) box German chocolate cake mix, prepare by following directions on box
  • 10 bite-sized almond and chocolate covered candy or candy of choice

Glaze:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

For the cream mixture:

Beat ingredients together with an electric mixer. Set aside until ready to use.

Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch cake pan.

Line bottom of greased pan with coconut flakes. Sprinkle pecans on top of coconut. Set aside.

Follow directions on back of box to prepare cake. Beat for approximately 2 minutes, using an electric mixer. Fold in bite-sized candy. Pour into cake pan. Evenly space dollops of cream mixture on top of the cake. When the cake cooks, the cream will sink down to the bottom. This will be your “volcano” of flavor. Place in oven for 40 to 45 minutes. While cake is still hot spread the glaze evenly over the cake.

For the glaze:

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in cocoa powder and add milk until you get a thin consistency. If glaze is too thick, add more milk. While bringing the butter and milk mixture to a boil, whisk in confectioners’ sugar and almond extract. Glaze should be thin. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before using.IMG_1524

Sorry for the lousy picture and I didn’t take time to change plates.  This piece was MINE.  This is just a over endulgant kick ass, fun cake.  Kids and adults…and I use that term loosely…enjoyed it.  I had bite sized candy bars on my grocery list and we went to COSTCO first.  Instead of coming home with a small bag of candy, I found a 5 lb bag.  BAD…BAD VERY .

Thought I would share a few pics of our new crop of babies.  We live in the middle of a potato/wheat field surrounded by pasture and other farm fields.  We have to have some outside cats around…..just ask my Honey.  He learned the hard way.  I don’t see mice around except for the occasional present left at the back door.

IMG_1521We usually get thinned down to about half a dozen.  I feed them well because a well fed cat with kill for sport….I read that somewhere….and one that hunts to eat only kills to eat.  We have two females that aren’t fixed and the rest of them are.  This bunch of babies is wild still, but Mama Kitty is bringing them around and feeds them on the back porch and has moved them to the dog house.  Good thing Molly doesn’t use it.

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3 Responses to “Oh My…Has it been that long???”

  1. brazenbites Says:

    Glad you’re back–thanks for the cake!
    Those kitties are so cute!

  2. brazenbites Says:

    Those Paula Deen cakes are dangerous stuff. I made her pineapple version of the ooey gooey cakes for Erica and Sebastian when they were living with me. We ate it for a few days and on day 3, I threatened to throw the rest of it out because i was making a new dessert. Seby said “Please don’t”. He rarely comments on desserts and really doesn’t care much for pineapple but he loved that cake.

  3. justgrams Says:

    Sorry it took me so long to get you your cake. I am begining to think that anything Paula makes is dangerous….but oh so good.

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