Earthquake Cake

Earthquake Cake

Several months ago, while visiting my mom, I attended Wednesday night church with her. One of her good friends, Inell, had taken an Earthquake cake and was kind enough to share the recipe with me. However, months later when I wanted to make the cake I could not find it.  This has happened to me more than once! In all honesty, it’s probably in the bottom of a purse somewhere, but for now, I took to the web.

This Earthquake Cake is super moist, extremely easy and crazy delicious! Inell’s cake and the one I made used a chocolate cake mix, however, while searching the web I found several variations including red velvet and pumpkin. I love the coconut, but it is totally optional and works well without it.

Earthquake Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (15.25-oz.) box Chocolate cake mix (I used German chocolate)
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. flaked coconut
  • 1 c. chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1½ c. chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle pecans in the bottom of the dish, set aside.
  3. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the package. Pour the batter evenly over the pecans, do not stir.
  4. Using a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter until mixed well. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Fold in coconut.
  5. Drop coconut mixture by spoonfuls randomly over the batter. Using a butter knife, lightly swirl through the batter.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the cake.
  7. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake come out clean.
  8. Cool to room temperature then serve.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread

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Give me a day with temperatures under 80 and you will find me polishing up my boots, dragging out my scarves, and pulling out the fall recipes!

With fall just around the corner, my mind is on chili and soup, pumpkin and apples. Have you noticed how pumpkin spice products have taken over the nation? Because of “superfans,” Starbucks began offering their pumpkin spice lattes early this year. One fan, in particular, was delighted. That is Wesley’s girlfriend, Ashley. She is as crazy about pumpkin spice as I am about apples.

Just in time for fall, I want to share this fabulous cream cheese spread. Not only is this fantastic Pumpkin Spice Spread yummy on a warm toasted bagel, but it’s also delicious stuffed inside French toast.

I am also including the recipe for homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. This combination of warm, fragrant spices is great to keep on hand this time of the year. It is simple to make, and any well-stocked spice cabinet will include all of the ingredients.

 

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread
 
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c. canned pumpkin puree
  • 2½ tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice blend, or more to taste
  • ¼ c. finely chopped pecans, lightly toasted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice blend,pecans, and vanilla with an electric mixer. Mix until mixed well and smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. allspice
  • ¾ tsp. tsp. ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl. For convenient storage, pour into a small glass jar.

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Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

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I have never met a cupcake that I didn’t like! Strawberry cakes were my favorite flavor as a kid. However, now I’m not sure I could pick between strawberry and chocolate. Lemon could probably be thrown into that mix too. I love them all! Cupcakes are the perfect dessert for a crowd. I love to serve them without the worry of cutting and serving. They are always eaten too, seldom do I have extra cupcakes left. I like it like that because I do not like to take home food from dinners and get-togethers.

I know, it’s probably crazy. After all, I eat the food at the gatherings. I have this mental thing about taking it back home and eating it, though. I feel like the food that has been setting out at the gathering just isn’t very clean after multiple people have walked past it, looked over it, many may have even touched it. I generally just toss it in the trash if I have extra.

Enough about my pet peeves, though, let’s talk about these wonderful strawberries and cream cupcakes.  They start with a cake mix and couldn’t be easier! The addition of pureed strawberries makes these cupcakes extra special. Topped with the creamy, luscious cream cheese frosting, your friends and family will go wild over these.

 

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix or French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ c. water
  • ½ c. sour cream, room temperature
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • 3 lg. eggs, room temperature
  • ½ tsp. strawberry extract
  • 1 (15.5-oz.) container sliced strawberries in sugar, drained well, reserve juice and puree the berries in a blender
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, water, sour cream, oil, and eggs in the bowl of mixer. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Add extract and pureed berries and mix just until blended.
  3. Scoop batter into prepared pan, filling about ¾ full.
  4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back with lightly pressed with finger. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes in pan. Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool completely. Frost with completely cooled.

 
Cream Cheese Frosting for Strawberry Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. strawberry extract
  • 3 to 4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • some reserved strawberry juice, optional
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until fluffy and completely blended.
  2. Add vanilla and strawberry extracts. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. If frosting is too thick you can add reserved strawberry juice, adding 1 tbsp. at a time, to reach spreading consistency.
  3. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.

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Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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I have lived in 8 different cities in my lifetime. I know what it feels like to be the new family in the neighborhood. Since I was surrounded by family when I was growing up, it was a bit intimidating when I moved away for the first time. I have wonderful friends at each stop on the road, and I keep in touch with many. When we moved to Garfield six years ago, there were many families that welcomed us. One family, in particular, was Mrs. Martha and Mr. Nick’s family. They invited us to family gatherings and made us feel as if we had been part of this community forever.

Recently, while at a friend’s wedding, who also happens to be Mrs. Martha’s daughter, I tried a cake frosted with this light and airy whipped cream cheese frosting. Mrs. Martha was nice enough to share the recipe with me. I prepared a red velvet cake for the picture, but Mrs. Martha says that this frosting is great on chocolate, strawberry, and lemon cakes too. This frosting is not your typical cream cheese frosting. It isn’t as rich or sweet as traditional cream cheese frosting, which makes it perfect for a summer cake. Whip up your favorite cake recipe today and try this simple and fabulous frosting.

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Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-oz.) container Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and Cool Whip, beating until mixed well.
  2. Frost your favorite cake between layers and on top and sides. Keep cake refrigerated.

 

 

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Coconut Frosted Brownies

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  When I was growing up Easter was centered around church and family.  It’s a special holiday with many customs and traditions.  My dad was a pastor and we always started the day early at sunrise service.  We would end up at my grandparents house for a big meal, posing for pictures in our new dresses or ties, and shiny new shoes, then off to hunt Easter eggs with my cousins.

As an adult, sunrise service is my favorite part of the day.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends and I enjoy the good food and the swapping of recipes. However, the spiritual meaning of Easter sunrise service is what it’s all about.  It was in the early morning, when it was yet dark, that the tomb was found empty.  Watching the sun rise and knowing what that empty tomb means for me humbles me.

As you make your Easter plans, I want to share a delicious and easy brownie recipe.  These brownies would be great on any Easter table.  They are chewy and fudgy and the coconut cream cheese frosting is the “icing on the cake”…yum, yum, yummy!

My one dilemma was to toast or not to toast.  If you look closely at my photo you may wonder if I toasted the coconut for the topping.  The original recipe from alaskafromscratch.com suggests toasting, and that’s what I started to do…until I changed my mind!  It was already in the oven when I decided that I did not want toasted coconut on top, so do what makes you happy.  For a fun Easter decoration, color the coconut green.  Place the coconut in a zip-lock bag with a drop or two of green food coloring, seal, then shake until evenly colored.  Sprinkle on top of your brownies before cutting.  Then, decorate each brownie with 3 jelly beans, if desired.

As always, thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to read Not Just Sunday Dinner.  I am wishing you a blessed Easter with family and friends.

 

Coconut Frosted Brownies
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅔ c. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1⅓ c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ c. strong brewed coffee
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 13-inch plan with aluminum foil, allowing enough foil to hang over the sides of the pan to use to lift brownies from pan later. Spray foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add the butter, eggs, extracts, and sugar. Whisk until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to incorporate. Pour in the coffee and mix just until combined.
  4. Spread batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or just until set in the center. Watch closely and do not over bake.
  5. Cool on a wire rack. When cooled, top with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tsp. coconut extract
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • ¾ c. shredded coconut (toasted optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer. Beat until smooth and fluffy. Add extracts. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until incorporated, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  2. Spread evenly over cooled brownies. Top with shredded coconut.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour before lifting brownies from pan and cutting. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Serve at room temperature.

 

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