Archive for April, 2010

My Birthday Treat

April 20, 2010

Aside from some yummy cinnamon rolls my friend made me, a box of Sees candy, a Godiva Chocolate bar, and a chocolate molten cake at Roy’s in San Francisco, my official birthday treat was a chocolate cherry cake that Mr. Sugar Moon made for me (wow, that sounds bad. It’s a good thing I’m a runner)!It might not look that impressive, but it is one of my favorite desserts and guess what?  It could not be any easier!  There might actually be more effort in driving to the bakery then making this cake, but…. I dare you to find a cake as yummy! There’s really nothing like it!  Here’s the recipe:

Take 1 box of chocolate cake mix!  Yep that’s right… I said chocolate cake MIX!  Make it exactly like the box says and pour it into a well greased 9×13 pan. Here’s the trick to making it super moist… open a can of cherry pie filling and spoon it over the top in random places and make sure you use every last drop. Bake the cake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Just like regular cake, you should be able to insert a toothpick and have it come out clean or at least without wet cake (with this one you will probably get some moist crumbs).

About 2 minutes before the cake is ready to come out of the oven, start making your frosting.  On the stovetop, combine 1 cup of sugar, 7 tablespoons butter and 1/3 cup whole milk.  Bring it to a boil and then let it boil for 1 more minute.  Remove it from the heat and add 12 ounces of chocolate chips (I use bittersweet chips but you can use any kind) and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  Mix it until the chocolate melts and then POUR it over the warm cake, just out of the oven!

And there you have it!  This cake is a chocolate lovers dream!  It melts in your mouth!  Personally, I like it to cool for a while and let the chocolate set up.  Some people who like warm gooey desserts might want to eat it right away though.  Either way, I promise you will eat more than one piece!


A Fun Spring Treat!

April 15, 2010

I don’t know if you are like me and are constantly going through magazines tearing out recipes that look wonderful and then never use them.  I can’t help it. I just love pictures of good food. The problem is I am the exact opposite of a hoarder!  I hate storing things.  It makes me happy when I get rid of something.  If I know my closets are cluttered it makes me anxious.  So when I noticed my recipe folder overflowing I had to start the weeding out process.

First, I just got rid of all the recipes that for whatever reason, I know I will never make. Then I made of pile of recipes that I’ve never tried, look good and would make.  I am going to try each and every one before it gets a permanent place in my recipe files!  This recipe was one of those. I got it in the mail from one of those mail order recipe collections as the free “we are trying to entice you” sample.  I kept it because it looked like it could be yummy, but for some reason never took the opportuntity to make!  We’ll I’m glad I did.   They are easy and delicious and they have a wonderful bar cookie texture.  The M&M’s add a special chocolatey sweetness to them.  They are a great spring treat, but since M&M’s come in different colors for different seasons, they would be a perfect treat for just about any occasion!

Double-Decker Confetti Brownies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp butter, melted

1 cup M&M’s, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. In medium bowl combine 2 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt ; blend into creamed mixture. Divide batter in half.  Blend together cocoa and melted butter; stir into one half of the dough. Spread cocoa dough evenly into prepared baking pan.  Stir remaining 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 cup M&M’s into remaining dough (do this by hand or the M&M’s will break into pieces); spread evenly over cocoa dough in pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup M&M’s. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely!

I know that since these posts get emailed to you there is very little incentive to actually visit my blog, but I have added  new feature to the sidebar called “Random Baking Tips”.  Each week I post a new little helpful hint about baking that you just might not know!  This week’s tip will help these brownies and all others come out as beautiful as they are good!  Check it out!

Easter Dessert at The Sugar Moon

April 5, 2010

It’ been such a great day today.  I hope you all have had as wonderful an Easter as I have.  Of course we have to go all out at my house when it comes to dessert at our celebrations.  This year it was a dessert invented by my mom… German Chocolate Pie!  It’s all the flavors of a German Chocolate Cake but in a delicious pie form!

Here’s the recipe:

Pie Crust:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

6 Tbsp of butter, softened

1 cup of finely chopped pecans

1 cup flaked coconut

Blend flour, sugar and butter together using a pastry cutter or food processor.  Add pecans and coconut.

Press into a pie tin and bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

For the filling:

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups milk

2 ounces german chocolate

4 egg yolks, slightly beaten

2 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in milk & chocolate. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Slowly stir at least half the hot mixture into eggs to temper them.  Put back into hot mixture in saucepan and boil and stir 1 more minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Press plastic wrap onto filling. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.  Top with whipped cream.

We had a little extra pie crust mix so we baked it separately and added it to the top of the pie!

Beautiful and delicious!

On another note…even beyond the fun of spending time with family, eating good food and yummy treats, I’m so thankful for the real reason we celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful weekend this has been remembering how blessed I am because of my faith in Him and that He lives.