Oops! I did it again. I pinned it, tried it, failed at it. lol I got a new waffle maker for Christmas. I still to this day don’t remember what happened to my old one. Neither does Mr. Yum, so we are convinced someone stole it. 😉 Sometimes when I get bored I look to see whats new in Pinterest land. Now I know that most of that stuff on Pinterest has been made and practiced by the originator multiple times before they stage and take their photos. I know that drill. So, when I see things that look good, I take that with a grain of salt knowing the time of work they probably put in to it. [Read more…]
Michigan apple season. It is almost my favorite but I have to put it out there – I LOVE fall and pumpkin season even more! But that is not for a while longer, so for now I’ll just eat my scrumptious Michigan apples. Last year I was given a giant crate of apples thanks to my mother-in-law and her family. I made crisps, cakes, pies, cobblers, canned my own apple sauce, cooked apples with ribs and sat around munching on then with some peanut butter! [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?
As a pre-Christmas present I received these awesome knives from Chicago Cutlery. Bad part was my utensil draw was already overflowing and my knife block was already full. I didn’t want to take these out of their plastic cases so I have had them shoved in the utensil drawer.
It was getting to be a headache.
I needed another option. Problem was, I don’t any spare counter space for a utensil holder. I was running out of options and getting angrier by the minute. I need easy access to all of my cooking supplies and it’s bad enough I don’t exactly have the most functional kitchen.
It’s been a pretty amazing year for YUMeating. This isn’t my first website, but it is the first that I have really poured myself into. I have tried so hard with other sites but could never quite make them work. Maybe at the time I thought it was the right niche, only to find out later maybe the niche was semi right, but the domain wasn’t quite there.
I’m happy where I am with YUM. It has been a lot of fun and it’s brought cooking back into my life in a positive way. I’m able to share my tales with kiddo and pass on the things my mother taught me. I think starting YUM after getting my Master’s was the best thing for all of us.