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 Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies & Operation Baking GALS Round 11

    August 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Posted in chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 1 Comment

    Last weekend I baked for round 11 of Operation Baking GALS.  My friend Kate was team leadering for her best friend’s hubby who is in GTMO so it was an easy choice as to what team I wanted to join this month.  I love baking each month for the troops…my problem is that once I read all of the fantastic stories, I want to bake for every single one of the soldiers and I can’t do that!!!  Not enough time and money for that but it’s tough to pick.  They are all amazing people. 

    This round I baked chocolate chip cookie bars again as they seemed to ship well and stay moist.  I also decided to make these peanut butter chip chocolate cookies that I’ve been dying to make.   They were easy and boy they did NOT disappoint!  I hope that they ship well! 

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    Remember, if you would like to join and bake for the troops during any one of the rounds, it’s easy.  Bake a box of goodies and ship it!  They really enjoy it.  Go to the Baking GALS site and sign up!

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    Happy Birthday to Me!

    August 3, 2009 at 12:22 am | Posted in Banana, Cakes, Dessert, Fun | 3 Comments

    Well…a little late happy birthday to myself, but better late than never right? My 28th birthday was last Tuesday and it honestly was one of the best birthdays that I have had. I was able to spend plenty of time with my family and close friends and that made it very special. But let’s be honest, I love food so the food always makes it good too!

    We went to my parents house for a birthday dinner and my mom made me my favorite cake that she makes me every year – banana cake! Sheridan decorated it when we arrived at mom’s house and it was made and decorated with a lot of love. 🙂 I adore the old candies that go on cakes so mom bought me some of those. YUM

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    Then on my actual birthday, unfortunately I was at work but my good friend Lindsay had our favorite bakery (Piece of Cake) make me the most awesome cake – I was in awe and didn’t even want to cut it!!! I’m kind of a purse freak and I love my Louis Vuitton so she had this made for me:

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    Isn’t that adorable? Look how thick the icing was…I swear this thing weighed 10 pounds.

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    All in all, an awesome birthday with awesome cakes! 🙂

    Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!

    July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Bars, bread, Brownies, Cakes, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals | 3 Comments

    I am finally getting around to doing a blog roundup from round 10 of Operation Baking GALS in which I was a team leader.  I ended up with I think 20 people who sent baked goods to my brother and his fellow troops!  I was beyond thankful and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on trying to do this every month now – maybe not team leader every month, but at least baking every month.

    Round 11 is NOW open so if anyone would like to join a team and bake for our troops who are serving overseas, it’s very easy.  Bake a box of baked goods or any kind of goodies and ship it.  Viola!  You have put a smile on a soldier’s face for the day.  🙂  If you would like to join a team go here ——> Operation Baking GALS and sign up – what are you waiting for?! 

    As I said, I had so many people join my team and it was awesome!  My brother was so excited to receive all of the baked goods.  He said that it was like Christmas which put a big smile on my face. 🙂 He said he took some boxes to their commons area and it was like “birds on a full feeder”.  HA  Knowing that I helped give them a little  piece of home makes me feel good.  They do so much for us so sending a box of cookies is the VERY least I can do every month.  Thank you to EVERYONE who joined my team!

    As for the roundup, there are a lot of baked goods here so feel free to stop reading or continue reading if you want to see them all! 

    Continue Reading Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!…

    Operation Baking GALS: My Goodies

    July 10, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in Apple, Bars, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 5 Comments

    This past weekend I spent Saturday and Sunday baking for my Operation Baking GALS group.  Did I mention that I ended up with over TWENTY people in my group??  I was ecstatic!  I could not have asked for a better response to my incessant begging asking people politely to join my group!  I am already looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.

    I debated back and forth on what all to bake and well, I couldn’t make a decision so I ended up sending two boxes.  I made 4 different things.  Actually 5…but not sure one of them will make it.  I ended up making snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookie bars, apple spice cookie bars, and magic in the middle cookies.  In addition to that, I made half a batch of sugar cookies because my brother requested those…not sure they will make it there due to the icing but if not, well, he can toss them.  🙂

    Baked goods for Luke

    Like I said, I ended up with way too much for one box so I ended up sending two.  But hey, he’s my brother, I can spoil him a bit right??

    I ended up using 4 of the large Ziplock containers and 4 small Gladware containers.  I was able to stack 2 Ziplocks on top of one another and 2 Gladwares on top of one another in each box with room to spare to add in some other small goodies.  I used the method of putting apple peels between the paper towel layers between each row of cookies.  We shall see if it works!

    All packed up and ready to go!  Isn’t the Baking GALS logo cute on the box?!

    I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated (and is still participating….still 2 days until the shipping deadline!) in my group this month.  It meant the world to me and I can’t wait for Luke and his fellow troops to receive all of the goodies!

    Once everyone has shipped, I will do a roundup on here telling what everyone sent and hopefully showing some pictures of some of the things that were sent (hint hint to those who baked for me…  😉

    Magic in the Middle Cookies

    July 9, 2009 at 1:04 am | Posted in chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 5 Comments

    I saved this recipe awhile ago from My Kitchen Cafe and I’ve been meaning to make it but didn’t really have a reason (as if you need a reason to make cookies??).  I decided to bake them for the Operation Baking GALS this month as one of the cookies to send to my brother.  Chocolate and peanut butter in the middle and rolled in sugar?  How could this one go wrong??

     

    Chocolate Dough
    1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)
    1/2 cup (3 3/4 ) brown sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
    1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

    Peanut butter filling
    3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

    Directions
    1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
    2. To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
    3. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
    5. To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until smooth.
    6. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
    7. To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.
    8. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
    10. Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.
    11. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.
    12. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  OMG.  These cookies are HEAVEN if you like chocolate and peanut butter combination.  I had one when they were still warm and I could have eaten about 10 of them.  Good thing I was sending them to my brother and his fellow troops so they were not in the house!!!

    Happy 4th of July!!!

    July 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Cookies | 2 Comments

    Happy 4th of July everyone!  Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday (and a big happy birthday to my great friend Clara!)  I baked my famous sugar cookies (Actually my best friend Erin’s famous sugar cookies….) for a party that we went to last night.  Aren’t they festive?!

    Black & White Marbled Cheesecake

    July 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Cakes, cheesecake, chocolate, Dessert | 1 Comment

    Tommy and I love LOVE cheesecake.  I used to hate it – a cake with cream cheese in it?!  Ew.  No thank you.  But as I got a little older I began to broaden my horizons and boy am I glad that I did.  I LOVE IT! 

    I received a round springform pan for Christmas and I asked for it specifically with cheesecakes in mind.  I just now got around to actually searching out recipes and making one.  It’s not that it’s  hard exactly but the whole process is somewhat time consuming from start to finish at least in my opinion.  But boy…it is SO worth it to make one from scratch.  Oh man. 

    Recipe from my lovely friend Clara’s blog:

    INGREDIENTS

    For the crust
    1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    3 tablespoons sugar
    Pinch of salt
    1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted

    For the cheesecake
    2 pounds (four 8-ounce boxes) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1-1/3 cups sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    4 large eggs, at room temperature
    1-1/3 cups sour cream or heavy cream, or a combination of the two
    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

    INSTRUCTIONS

    To make the crust—
    Butter a 9-inch springform pan—choose one that has sides that are 2 3/4 inches high (if the sides are lower, you will have cheesecake batter leftover)—and wrap the bottom of the pan in a double layer of aluminum foil; put the pan on a baking sheet.

    Combine the crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour over the melted butter and stir until all of the dry ingredients are uniformly moist. (I do this with my fingers.) Add graham cracker crumb mixture into buttered springform pan and use your fingers to pat an even layer of crumbs along the bottom of the pan and about halfway up the sides. Put the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven.

    Center a rack in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F and place the springform on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Set the crust aside to cool on a rack while you make the cheesecake.

    Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

    To make the cheesecake—
    Put a kettle of water on to boil.

    Working in a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at medium speed until it is soft, about 4 minutes. With the mixer running, add the sugar and salt and continue to beat another 4 minutes or so, until the cream cheese is light. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one by one, beating for a full minute after each addition—you want a well-aerated batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and stir in the sour cream and/or heavy cream.

    Put the foil-wrapped springform pan in the roaster pan.

    Add 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled to 1/3 of the batter in a separate bowl. Pour all of the vanilla batter into the springform pan, dollop the top of the batter with the chocolate batter and use a table knife to swirl the chocolate batter with the vanilla batter.

    Put the roasting pan in the oven and pour enough boiling water into the roaster to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

    Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, at which point the top will be browned (and perhaps cracked) and may have risen just a little above the rim of the pan. Turn off the oven’s heat and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to luxuriate in its water bath for another hour.

    After 1 hour, carefully pull the setup out of the oven, lift the springform pan out of the roaster and remove the foil. (Be careful, there may be some hot water in the aluminum foil.) Let the cheesecake come to room temperature on a cooling rack.

    When the cake is cool, cover the top lightly and chill the cake for at least 4 hours, although overnight would be better.

    Pig Rating:  The Pig really had nothing but rave reviews about this one.  He likes his cheesecake plain better as opposed to having chocolate in it so I made this one kind of half and half.  Normally he tells me to take all the baked goods to work so they aren’t in the house but he made me keep some fo this at home  🙂

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  As I said, absolutely worth every single minute spent baking this cheesecake.  From scratch is amazing.  I will be making this one again and again and trying different toppings, etc.

    Mrs. Pig Co-Workers Rating:  This was a HUGE hit.  I think this might be their favorite thing that I’ve made yet.  Even people who normally don’t eat the sweets I bring in were all over this one.  I aim to please!  🙂

    A Big WOW and THANK YOU!!!

    June 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Cookies, Operation Baking Gals, Randomness | 2 Comments

    If you’ve read my previous post, then you know that I have joined a wonderful group called Operation Baking GALS. I just heard about this group recently, decided to get more info, and then decided, “Hey, I’ll just dive into this head first and be a team leader this month!” I was a little nervous about taking on the role of team leader my very first time even doing anything with the program. After all, do I really know that many people who would be willing to bake a box of goodies and ship them to my chosen soldier (obviously Luke!) and his fellow soldiers?? But I decided to go for it.

    The response for this – was AMAZING!!!! I posted it on both of my blogs, my Twitter, and my Facebook and I have had an overwhelming response. Normally they like to cap the groups off at 20 so of course my goal was 20. 🙂 I thought it might be farfetched but you know what? I am up to EIGHTEEN signed up so far!! WOW WOW WOW! So I just wanted to post a giant THANK YOU to everyone who has agreed to help me on my first whirl as team leader for the GALS. It means so much to me because I’ve become really excited about this project and my brother has already told his fellow soldiers that they would be getting a big load of goodies soon so they are awaiting the arrival of all the yummy goodness!

    I am excited because tomorrow officially begins the shipping dates for the baked goods. The shipping dates are July 1 – July 11 for this round. I plan on baking this weekend and shipping on July 6 (which is also my two year wedding anniversary I might add!). I really really want to send my famous sugar cookies (er, Erin’s famous sugar cookies…) because my brother loves them and requested them but I’m way too scared of the icing melting I think.  I may try a few and have him let me know how it goes.  Other than that I’m making apple spice cookie bars, snickerdoodles, magic in the middle cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. 

    If you are on my team and you have any questions, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help. If you were unable to help with my team this round, don’t worry. I have a feeling this won’t be my last run as I’ve had so much fun with this project 🙂

    THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN EVERYONE WHO IS HELPING

    Baking for the Troops: Operation Baking Gals

    June 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Operation Baking Gals, Randomness | 2 Comments

    Recently my fabulous friend Clara at iheartcuppycakes told me about a blogging group called Operation Baking Gals and she thought I might be interested in it.  So I looked it up and yes!!  Sounds like something I would LOVE to do!  As most of you know, my little brother…er, I should say YOUNGER (19) not little, is serving in Iraq with the Indiana National Guard.  He has been there since February and we are keeping fingers crossed the  he gets to come home in either December or January.  My other blog has more information on him —->  http://militarysister.wordpress.com/

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    (My brother is third from the left…this is his “ride” – a Blackhawk!)

    My family and I love sending care packages to him.  They LOVE receiving things from home.  When I saw this wonderful baking group, I knew it was perfect for me!  I get to bake AND do something good at the same time?  Sign me up! 

    I have now signed up to be a team leader for Operation Baking Gals for the July shipment.  Now all I need is a team of bakers!  I have a few people who have already committed but I definitely need more – I need to get about 20 people if at all possible.  It’s very easy-all you have to do is make some baked goods that can be shipped overseas (basically just nothing that will melt), and ship them out between July 1st and July 11th.  The baked goods will all go to my chosen soldier – my brother – and he will then disperse them throughout his group.  How awesome is that??  I’m beyond excited to be a part of this group and I hope I can continue to be a part of it. 

    An excerpt from Operation Baking Gals site:

    Baking GALS (GALS stands for Give A Little Support) is a group of volunteer bakers who bake and ship homemade goodies to our heroic troops that are currently deployed.  Each soldier is “Hosted” by a blogger, and potential bakers are “recruited” from the bloggers own site as well as the GALS site.  Each Host recruits between 20-25 bakers, meaning LOTS of goodies get delivered to our soldier…so many, in fact that he or she has plenty to share with their fellow troops!

    Why do we do it this way?  Why not just ship to “Any Soldier”?  Well, we don’t know “any soldier” – and “any soldier” doesn’t know us. And recieving baked goods from a stranger, while probably safe, is frowned upon and in many cases, those Any Soldier gifts could be thrown out.  Baking GALS will introduce you to a soldier.  You will know his name, a little bit about him, maybe even his favorite cookie…and he will know in advance that he will be on the recieiving end of a cookie bombardment – so everyone is prepared.  It is a safer way to treat our troops, and it helps them to know when to expect a barage of goodies.

    So who wants to help out with my team???  I realize it’s kind of short notice but you have almost two weeks to get it done.  Support your troops and get to do something you like to do at the same time! 

    If you are interested in being on my team, please email me at mrsabybaby@gmail.com and I will send out all of the necessary information once the team is all together. 

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