Cake and Letters

Here is the latest cake.  So funny, when I set it out, everyone thought it was just a bowl of Reeses Pieces.  I made my favorite chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and surrounded it with candy!  The idea is not mine, but it was really fun to make.

On another note, this morning while on the elliptical, I was watching Letters to God.  Highly recommend this movie!  Very touching.

No big news today, just a couple tidbits.  Enjoy your week!

(made for a going away party)

8.9.12

PSA 111:6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.
PSA 111:7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
PSA 111:8 They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness.
PSA 111:9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever– holy and awesome is his name.

German Chocolate Cheesecake

My dad loves German Chocolate cake.  I was in charge of dessert for his birthday, so made German Chocolate Cheesecake.  I am not a fan of coconut, but it was only on the top layer, so I tried the chocolate cake/cheesecake part and it was yummy!  In the future if I make it for me I may try it with raspberry or turtle type topping.

Here is the delicious recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

***Cheesecake***
24 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into chunks
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
***Chocolate Cake***
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
***Chocolate Glaze***
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons whipping cream
***German Chocolate Topping***
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
***Garnish***
whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

For Cheesecake: In bowl of electric mixer or in food processor fitted with metal blade, blend cream cheese, sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Set aside.

For Chocolate Cake: In large microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes, or until just melted. Cool slightly. With fork, beat in sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth. Add flour and mix until blended. Spoon into well-greased 9 1/2-inch springform pan, spreading evenly. Carefully, spread cheese mixture evenly over top of chocolate batter.

Bake in preheated 425 degrees F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 55 to 60 minutes. Turn oven off, open oven door and let cake cool completely to room temperature in oven. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Remove sides from springform. Invert cake onto serving plate, so cheesecake is on bottom and chocolate cake is on top. Spread sides with Chocolate Glaze. Spread top evenly with German Chocolate Topping. Refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

For Chocolate Glaze: In small microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips with whipping cream. Microwave on HIGH power for 45 to 60 seconds. Beat until smooth. Spread on sides of cheesecake.

For German Chocolate Topping: In small microwave-safe bowl, beat egg yolks. Stir in sugar, butter and whipping cream. Microwave on HIGH power 4 minutes, stirring every minute. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla extract. Stir in coconut and pecans until well blended. Refrigerate until mixture is of spreading consistency. Spread on top of the cheesecake.

****A couple things I learned…I turned the oven temp down to 350 degrees a few minutes early and then took the cheesecake completely out of the oven 12 minutes early and it still got a little tough on the outer rim of the cake.  I am considering baking it only on 350 next time and seeing what happens.  Also, I did not garnish with whipped cream…there was enough goop there already!  Phew!  It was somewhere around 900 calories a slice if you cut the cake in 12 slices.

ocean cake

Many moons ago my son turned one and this was the cake I made him…

Teddy Graham swimmers, jello water, graham cracker sand and a twinkie boat.

Do you think I made it more for him or me?  Oh well!  I know he liked it…I also know he would have been just as happy with a chocolate chip cookie.  🙂

 

 

You should have seen my kitchen afterwards…but it sure was fun!  🙂

4.21.12

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matthew 7:24-25

Easter Bunny Flop and other random thoughts

Here we go…just a few random thoughts from this mommy this morning:

“He is Risen!”

What an amazing gift we were given to have Christ die for our sins.  Did you notice that I did not share a verse on Saturday?  Friday was serious and Sunday celebratory…wanted to do some reflection on Saturday.

“Kids looking for Easter eggs are the cutest.”

There is nothing quite like watching little kids bouncing in anticipation over what they may discover.  It was especially amusing after the Easter egg hunt seeing my girl with holes in both knees of her tights and her dress strap torn.

“Easter bunny flop”

I was determined to make this Easter Bunny cake with edible ears.  When the one flopped down, I thought it was pretty cute, but it continued to fall a little too much…oh well…my little guy still thinks I am the ‘best baker ever!’  🙂

“I guess I am officially a runner.”

With running injuries, running 10 miles and not despising it, and actually missing running at times…*sigh*…I suppose I should categorize myself as a runner.

“I think Sarah Palin is awesome!”

I love how she speaks her mind with a smile on her face.

“Whoever thought of trailmix is a genius…and evil!”

I cannot stop eating it!!!!