Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Better Than Anything Cake

This is my favorite cake that my mom made when I was growing up, I never knew what it was called though. I've seen variations of this cake on some of my favorite cooking blogs and this is my favorite name for it. It's the perfect cake for summer. I made it a couple of weeks ago for my husband's birthday and it was a big hit with our whole family. It's really rich and super yummy. Well worth every calorie!

Better than Anything Cake

1 Chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients to make it
1 jar (17 ounces) Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel ice cream topping
1 tub (12 ounces) Cool Whip, I used light
3 Heath candy bars, broken up

Bake the cake according to the directions, I only made a half because for our small family we didn't need a whole cake. Allow the cake to cool for about 5 minutes. Poke holes in the cake with a small spatula or wooden spoon handle. Pour the jar of ice cream topping over the cake and allow to chill for 4 hours or overnight. 

Spread cool whip on the cake and top with the crushed candy bars, I'm pretty sure you can just break the candy bars up with your fingers, but where's the fun or the stress relief in that?  Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cookie Salad

It's that time of year, barbecue season. I've taken this salad to several barbecues and it's one that our kids request that I make. You won't find a better sweet salad recipe, we love it! I've seen several versions of it, but this is the one that I make. This time I played with some dark chocolate fudge striped cookies that I found at Target, but I didn't think they really added a whole lot, so next time I'll stick with the original fudge striped cookies. Plus it has fruit in it, so it's healthy!

Cookie Salad

2 small packages instant French Vanilla Pudding
3 cups buttermilk
1 container (12 ounces) Cool Whip, I use light
2 cans (20 ounce) crushed or chunk pineapple, drained
2 cans (11 ounce) mandarin oranges, drained
1 package fudge striped cookies, broken up

In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding, buttermilk and Cool Whip. Add the drained fruit. Just before serving stir in the cookies.