Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Homemade German Chocolate Cake Frosting

So my hubby had a b-day recently and when I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday he without hesitation replied "German chocolate" and quickly added "with your homemade coconut pecan frosting!!" Lets just say he didn't have to twist my arm. This creamy caramel coconut pecan frosting is so good you could just eat it with a spoon (which I may have done with the leftovers for a few days). Anyway, don't let the sound of this frosting intimidate you. It is a simple, amazingly good and impressive frosting that everyone will love. Give it a try and soak in the rave reviews!!

German Chocolate Cake Frosting (adapted from allrecipes.com)

1 Cup evaporated milk
1 Cup white sugar
3 Egg yolks beaten with 1 tsp. water
1/2 Cup margarine
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 Cups chopped pecans (adjust to your taste)
3 cups flaked coconut

In a small saucepan combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine, and vanilla. Cook over a medium heat stirring constantly. Once boiling stir until it becomes thick (about the consistency just thinner than pudding). Stir in pecans and coconut and cool. It will thicken ever more as it cools. Then spread on your cake or find yourself a spoon!!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Candy filled Cake Balls!

So theater candy was on sale this last week and I felt like I really needed to stock up. Why I am not sure. Sometimes my husband teases me that all of our food storage is crackers, cookies and cake mixes and that we will be trading them for veggies etc if there really was an emergency. It is not totally true, but I will admit we do have plenty of treats stocked away. Any who, when I saw these Junior Mints and Junior Caramels I immediately thought of how fun and tasty they would be in a cake ball. Turns out I was right. If you have never made cake balls they are super easy, so try these with some hidden treats inside and be sure to tell me how it went! Above are your basic line up of ingredients.

So first off you make your cake as directed on the box and let it cool. Once cool you get the fun of breaking it up into a fun pile of crumbs.

After you have your tasty crumbs mix in one container of premade frosting. I used chocolate so the flavors would meld well.

After you mix those two things together you can start to scoop up your cake balls. I used an ice cream scoop so they would all be uniform. Then as you can see here I hid a Junior Mint or Junior Caramel in the middle.

Then just pinch around it and seal in off so that no one knows there is an extra treat hiding inside. Place on a foil lined tray and pop in the freezer for a few hours. Once they are thoroughly chilled melt your candy coating or Wilton melts and rolls the balls until covered. Since they are pretty well frozen they will hold together well and the chocolate will harden quickly.

Once finished keep at room temperature, but who are we kidding these will not last long. Here you can see my happy Junior Mint that was hiding in the middle. Soooooo tasty!!