Monday, August 1, 2011

Key Lime Heaven


Celebrate summer with some yummy key lime cupcakes!
I made these cupcakes a couple weeks ago and they disappeared in no time! I didn't get to try one but everyone said they were delicious! I've had a couple people ask me for the recipe, so here you go! Let me know if you make them! Here we go...

You will need:

~1 box (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding mix
~1 1/2 c. whipping cream
~1/4 c. key lime juice (or regular lime juice will work if you can't find key limes)
~4 drops green food color
~1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

~cupcake liners
~1 box yellow cake mix
~ Oil, water, eggs as called for to prepare cake mix

~1 container fluffy white frosting
~1 tbsp. key lime or regular lime juice
~1/2 tsp. grated lime peel

Step 1.
In a large bowl, beat the pudding mix and the whipping cream with a wire whisk for about 2 minutes. Let stand for 3 minutes. Beat in 1/4 c. lime juice and the food color. Stir in the powdered sugar. Cover and refrigerate.

Step 2.
Heat your oven to 375*F. Add the cupcake liners to your pans. Prepare your cake batter as directed on the back of the box. Spoon the cake mix into the liners. Bake as directed. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and let cool completely.

Step 3.
Now you will need the topping that we prepared in step 1. I didn't happen to have any frosting bags when I made these cupcakes so I transferred the frosting into a gallon size ziploc bag and snipped off a bottom corner. Squeeze the topping onto the top of each of your cooled cupcakes. 

Step 4.
Stir frosting in the container about 20 times or so. Gently stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice and the lime peel. Once again, I transferred the frosting to a gallon bag and cut off a bottom corner. Squeeze the frosting from the bag on top of the topping. If desired, you can garnish these cupcakes with lime wedges. I would recommend storing these cupcakes in the fridge until ready to serve!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dump Cake

I recently discovered dump cake. yum. yum. YUM! I don't know how I've never heard of dump cake! I love to bake and dump cake is so easy! You can literally just dump all the ingredients in the pan and then just bake it!

I've been experimenting with a couple different fruit and cake mixes. For Fourth of July, I used strawberry pie filling and crushed pineapple, sprinkled some strawberry jello mix on top and used a white cake.

I found some cinnamon swirl cake and apple pie filling in my pantry and have been wanting to make an apple-cinnamon dump cake...sort of like apple pie!
I made the cake last night and took it to work today and everyone LOVED it! I didn't even get a piece! I gave out the recipe to a couple people and decided to share it with you all!

I wanted to do cinnamon and apple but as you will see in the recipe, I added pears and peaches! I only had one can of apple pie filling and it didn't cover the bottom of the pan. I didn't feel like running to the store so I used what I had on hand. 

Some of the ingredients are optional - the cake will turn out fine without them. I just added them to experiment a bit and it came out delicious!

You will need:
1 box of cinnamon swirl cake mix
1 can of apple pie filling
1 15 oz. can peaches (do not drain!)
1 15 oz. can pears (I drained the pears about half way)
2 sticks of butter
1 small box vanilla pudding, optional - to taste
Cinnamon, optional - to taste
Brown sugar, optional - to taste

Dump the apple pie filling, pears and peaches into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. I sort of mixed the fruit together while it was in the pan, it saved me from getting another bowl dirty. :) I decided to add a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the fruit layer. This is totally optional. I also decided to sprinkle some vanilla pudding mix on top of the fruit layer. I didn't use the whole package. I sprinkled it around till I thought it was enough, use as much or as little as you like! Then, you can dump the cake mix on top of the fruit layer. (If you're using cinnamon swirl cake, you might have to use another bowl to mix the cinnamon sugar mixture into the cake mix.) Spread the cake mix around until the fruit layer is totally covered. You will then need to slice the two sticks of butter. Spread the slices on top of the cake mix. 

Preheat the oven to 350*F and bake for an hour. For my first cake, I forgot it was in the oven and it baked longer than an hour. The cake was a bit more crispy but still good. I baked my second cake for exactly an hour and later wished I had baked it a bit longer. Again, it's all up to you!

Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream! :)

Be creative and come up with your own "dump cake"! 
Enjoy! :)