I have been obsessed with all things lemon lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I tend to share a lot of my lemon creations before I even make it to the website. I was waiting for that perfect opportunity to share this lemon cake. I wanted to get the picnic posts out-of-the-way because July is National Picnic Month. Now, I get to share this lemon cake and I am soooooooo excited. [Read more…]
I’ve done cake mix with diet soda. That was all the rage in the early 2000s when I was on Weight Watchers.
I’ve done the cake mix with the can of fruit. Also, all the rage when I did Weight Watchers.
I have no idea why I have never attempted a poke cake. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I honestly hate making cakes because husband doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and kiddo is only here two days. What am I supposed to do with a whole cake? I have been buying those little Jiffy cake mixes because they make just enough for us to have a treat and I can get them for 25 cents and the clearance outlet I shop at. Since we don’t eat cake a lot, I don’t mind having a few of these on hand for a special dessert.
In my honest effort to try to make something green for Irish-American Heritage Month I thought making a poke cake would be a good idea. When it came to uploading the recipes, I had more than enough traditional Irish recipes that I did not have to worry about anything green themed. Since I used lime gelatin for the filling and a white cake, I felt the colors could still be used for Easter or Spring celebrations. I did the same thing with my Mint Oreo Loaf. Made it because it was green, ended up saving it for that very purpose.
I made the cake batter following the box instructions (gasp, I know, boxed cakes. I don’t make cake often. Sometimes its a box cake. *shrugs*)
I am no stranger to sharing my less than stellar recipes. This poke cake would have turned out fine if I didn’t use the end of a giant wooden spoon AND let the cake cool a little longer. When I stuck the end of the spoon in the cake, the cake stuck. It was done. I checked it with a knife. And it was perfectly done, too. I was rather happy that for once my oven didn’t defeat me. Since the cake stuck and I pulled it off the spoon, my husband felt the need to try to put those pieces back in there. In doing so, he made the holes even bigger.
So, my poke holes were rather large and I didn’t have enough gelatin to fill them. I followed the traditional gelatin directions but only used 1/2 the amount of cold water per all the poke cakes circling around Pinterest.
I wasn’t planning on making frosting or using a pudding topping, just using some simple whipped cream so the dish would be nice and light.
That didn’t happen. I had some leftover light green butter cream frosting leftover from our shamrock cookies, so I thawed that, blended it and used that for my cake topping.
It turned out wonderful, despite not looking so pretty.
Really light and fluffy.
Have you ever made a poke cake? How did it turn out?
While we were working on recipes to fill my March challenge of Irish recipes all month-long, we came across a few green recipes that we thought we might use. As the days ticked by, I decided to stick with traditional Irish recipes and save a couple of the green colored items for Easter. The color seemed much better suited. While the photos showcase some shamrocks, this wonderful little dessert will actually work well for any springtime holiday meal.
Kiddo and I needed a sweet treat. There was no way I was going to break down and buy Betty Crocker. No offense to those who use the mixes. I do from time to time but I just want to make things myself.
It just so happens I have a freezer and during vegetable and canning season I tuck away the extras that most people throw away. They always come in handy. So kiddo and I looked through the Taste of Home 2003 Annual Recipes cookbook handed down from my grandmother and looked for something I could whip up.
A few weeks ago my local Kroger had a huge sale where 3 lb. bags of carrots were on sale for $1. I scooped up a few bags to use in some upcoming recipes. I had a little left over and had decided I wanted to make a small carrot cake. Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes, complete with cream cheese frosting of course. Since no one in my house should be eating that I had to seek out a different alternative.
I have a copy of “New Dieter’s Cookbook” from Better Homes and Gardens. On page 62 there is a 152 calorie per serving ‘Carrot Snack Cake.’ I felt this small cake would be perfect.
After my “Cotton Candy Cake” almost Pinterest fail you would think I would just want to run under the table and cry. I did it again. I had another cake that didn’t turn out right. This time it was my own fault. I didn’t read the entire recipe all the way through before I got started.