Monday, April 9, 2012

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

I made this cake to accompany our Easter Lunch Extravaganza yesterday and it was a delicious hit, so of course I have to share it with you.

It's so easy! Take a strawberry cake mix and bake it according to the directions on the back of the box, using a 9x13 pan.

Once it's cooled, poke a zillion holes in it. I used the handle of a wooden spoon. A straw would work well too. You want the holes large enough for your strawberry puree.

Next, puree 2-3 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries and pour them into the zillion holes you just made in the cake.

Then, you'll make the crowning glory of an icing that reallllly makes this delicious. Cool whip and a small box of vanilla pudding.

Pour the powdery pudding into a bowl and add one cup of whole milk (not two cups - just one). Then whisk in a little over half of your container of Cool Whip (2-3 cups worth).

Spread it over the entire cake and refigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Slice and serve...enjoying the cool strawberry deliciousness that is the perfect Springtime dessert.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Baskets!

I went shopping for the contents of my husband and son's Easter Baskets and got carried away with picking out enough sugar to put them all in a diabetic coma. There is just something irrisistable about these:

I could eat the whole bag and not even blink. So after filling my cart with Reece's, Twix, Pop Rocks and M&M's...I added in a box of crackers to help level out the glucose. But who wants to just put a boring box of crackers in a basket and call it a party? Not me.

I had to doll it up a bit and purchased a box of Wilton Disposable Cake Decorating Bags. The crackers went into the bags, and I tied the tops with green ribbon to give it the look of a 'carrot'. How fun and Easter-y is that?! (gotta love Pinterest inspiration).

I just thought I'd share it in case you had time on your hands and had an overly sugary Easter Basket filling quandary.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Smores Bars

It was the final Bible Study of the season and everyone was asked to bring a brunch item to enjoy. I decided upon a layered fudge brownie / chocolate chip cookie amazingness. The problem: I made it the night before and the aroma was so enticing, my husband and I devoured it before I could take it to Bible Study the next day.

Smores Bars to the rescue! I've been eyeing these on Pinterest and put my own twist on them with dazzling results. How easy is it to make a batch of Rice Krispy Treats? Well, use the same concept and these are basically made. You take 1/4 cup of butter and a package of marshmallows and melt them just as you would the traditional recipe, only instead of Rice Krispies - you sub in the same amount (6 c.) of Golden Grahams. Ohhh yes!

Once you pat them into your 9x13 greased pan, sprinkle generously with miniature chocolate chips. They melt a bit since the marsmallowyness is still warm and then you slice them into amazing bars that people ooh and ahh over and wonder why they didn't think of it before.

Enjoy friends - super easy, silly good!