Holy Yummy Cinnamon Coffee Cake

August 14, 2009 at 12:51 am | Posted in Breakfast, Cakes, Cinnamon, Dessert, nuts | 1 Comment

Let me go ahead and say if you have some aversion to using box cake mixes (Nikki) then quit reading how.  However, if you are like me and sometimes you just don’t care as long as the final product is yummy, then keep reading my friend…you will NOT be disappointed. 

I had this recipe saved for awhile from allrecipes.com – I love anything with cinnamon and vanilla flavors and I thought this would be great to take to the office and also for any type of brunch (I’m thinking Christmas breakfast this year Mom?!).  It is an easy recipe and it makes the house smell absolutely heavenly while it’s cooking.  You can use either a bundt pan or a 9×13.  I chose a bundt pan because, well, they are fun to use sometimes  🙂  Sheridan and I whipped this up last weekend and she was disappointed at first when I told her what we were making…she of course was under the impression that it had coffee in it which she wanted no part of.  HA

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Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix (I used two packages of vanilla instead of using butterscotch…personal preference)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional…you could use raisins, etc as well).
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan, or a 10 inch Bundt cake pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, and butterscotch pudding mix. Add the eggs, oil and water, mix until well blended. In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. Pour half of the batter into the pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture. Cover with the rest of the batter, and sprinkle with the rest of the nut mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven down to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) and bake for an additional 35 to 40 minutes.
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    Mrs. Pig Rating:  This is a wonderful cake – it’s easy, it smells good while cooking, and oh man does it taste AWESOME!  Especially warm out of the oven. 

    Little Pig Ratings:  The little pigs loved this one!  Once they found out there was no coffee involved…  🙂

    Mrs. Pig Co-Workers:  Absolutely loved this one!  In fact my boss has already requested this as his birthday cake for next week!  That should tell you something.  🙂

    Peanut Brittle

    December 16, 2007 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Candy, nuts | Leave a comment

    My Granny makes the most awesome peanut brittle – it is on the things I always look for when I go home for Christmas. I decided I would give it a shot this year. I thought it would be really hard – it wasn’t that bad at all really! : )

    Ingredients
    1 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup light corn syrup
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup water
    1 cup peanuts
    2 tablespoons butter, softened
    1 teaspoon baking soda

    Directions
    Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
    In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
    Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter or margarine and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14×12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.

    Tip – make sure that you have all of your ingredients measured out beforehand – there is not time for you to measure ingredients between steps – this one moves fast!

    Mrs. Pig Rating: This is really good!!! Maybe not as good as Granny’s but she does have a few years on me. And everything always tastes better when a Granny makes it right?? : )

    Pig Rating:

    Recipes from allrecipes.com, picture from my kitchen

    Chocolate Covered Cashews

    December 15, 2007 at 10:08 pm | Posted in Candy, nuts | Leave a comment

    We love cashews so much so I figured I should make some chocolate covered ones this holiday -when else can I get away with that?? : ) So easy to make and so yummy.

    Ingredients
    1 bar of Ghirardelli bakers chocolate bar
    1 can of cashews

    Directions
    Melt chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of hot simmering water. Stir occasional. Pour cashews into a medium sized bowl and pour the chocolate over them once it is melted. Put in refrigerator to cool so chocolate hardens.

    Recipe from me, picture from me
    Mrs Pig Rating: I LOOOVE these! I will definitely be making another batch soon.
    Pig Rating: He really likes these. He said make sure and keep some of them at home and don’t give them all away. HA! : )

    Spiced Nuts

    December 15, 2007 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Candy, Dessert, nuts | Leave a comment

    My mom and I have been making spiced nuts for a few years now and they are one of my favorite treats around Christmas time. They smell awesome when they are cooking and I love to just snack on them.

    Ingredients
    1/2 c. brown sugar
    1/2 c. granulated sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. ginger
    1/4 tsp ground cloves
    1 tbsp. water
    1 egg white
    4 cups of nuts (I use pecans. You can use pecans, walnuts, etc.)

    Directions
    Combine first 6 ingredients in small bowl. Beat egg white and water in medium bowl until frothy. Add sugar mixture and stir.
    Add nuts and stir.
    Spread on greased baking sheet. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes stirring occasionally until golden. Cool thoroughly. Store in airtight container.
    Makes 6 cups.

    Mrs. Pig Rating: I love these!!! So easy and so good. They smell wonderful baking!

    Pig Rating: He really likes these a lot. He loves pecans by themselves so he thought this was a really good additive. : )

    Recipe from my mom, picture from my kitchen

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