Copycat Sonic Red Velvet Molten Cake

 

red velvetDuring Valentines this year Sonic had this beautiful, calorie filled Red Velvet molten cake. Oh. My. Gosh. It was amazing…..and Inspiring. Before I took the last bite, I was determined to copy the recipe. I was NOT waiting an entire year to experience this dessert.

I dug up an old recipe for red velvet cake and went for it! Here is what you need:

FOR THE CAKE

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 TBS cocoa powder

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 tsp red food coloring (My cake was NOT deep red like most red velvet cake, but I just couldn’t bring myself to put in the 2 TBS of coloring that was called for in this recipe. It still tasted amazing!)

2 tsp water

1 tsp white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Syrup

Vanilla Ice Cream

Whipped Topping

 

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

Sift together the flour, sugar, soda,cocoa and salt. Set aside

With an electric mixer, combine softened butter, oil, milk, eggs, food coloring, water and vinegar. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix on medium for 2 minutes.

Place baking cups in a muffin tin and fill each one about 3/4 of the way up with batter.  Bake on 350 for 18-20 minutes.

While that is baking, make the cream cheese frosting.

Once our cupcakes cool, you are ready to go!

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I put my cream cheese frosting in a piping bag to make it pretty. If you don’t have one, you can just spread it on the plate with a knife.

 

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Place your cupcake upside down on top of the frosting.

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Pour some of your chocolate syrup on the top.

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Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Finish with a dollop of Whipped topping. (OK, so I didn’t put the cherry on top. I don’t like cherries…they remind me of cough syrup. I know, I am weird. For all of you normal people out there, a cherry would be a nice addition.)

ENJOY! 🙂

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Fresh Guacamole

Everyone has their favorite foods, this is one of mine!  I have been known to cook meals based on whether or not they go well with guacamole.  Sad, I know. But true.

HEB, the grocery store near my house, always has fresh guacamole in the produce department.  It is amazing, but expensive.  I can’t support my habit when a 5oz package cost me $4.50. So I have teetered around with lots of ingredients to make some scrumptious stuff!

Here is what you need:

3-4 ripe Avocados

1 Roma tomato, diced

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of ground pepper

1/2 lime, squeezed

 

The hardest part of making guacamole is planning ahead. It is hard to find avocados that are ripe in store. I usually try to buy them about three days before I need them. I buy them green and leave them on the counter.  Never put an unripened avocado in the refrigerator. It will not ripen, it will turn black and gross. Leave it on the counter until the skin becomes dark. When it yields to gentle pressure, you have a PERFECT avocado.

 

20140224-195251.jpgPeel your avocados and take out the seeds. Mash in a bowl.

(I use a potato masher 🙂 )

20140224-195301.jpgToss in your tomato, garlic, salt, pepper and lime juice.

20140224-195335.jpgFold together being careful not to over blend.  Let it sit in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to get the flavors to sit.

Enjoy!

You can freeze guacamole! Place it in an airtight baggie. I like to put it in snack bags in individual size portions.  This helps me in 2 ways:  I always have it on hand, and I can prevent eating the entire bowl. (Yes, I have done that!)

Hawaiian Bread

I love Hawaiian bread, it is my favorite way to eat a hamburger. I have tried many times to make it and it was never sweet enough.  I finally decided to just substitute ingredients in my faithful yeast bread recipe. They turned out excellent. Sweet and soft!

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Who would have thought a simple swap of water and milk for pineapple juice was all I needed to do.  Plus…a touch of ginger.  WOW!

Here is what you need:

3 3/4 cups flour
1 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp instant yeast

 

Dump all your ingredients into your bread machine on the dough cycle. If you don’t have one just mix and knead for 12 minutes before letting it rise for an hour.  Once the dough has completed the first rise, divide it into 8-10 buns.  Let rise one more time for about 45 minutes.

20140211-140855.jpgBake on 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  YUM!

Bacon & Sausage Pasta Bake

Last week we had some friends coming over to eat and I wanted to use some of the deer sausage we had been given.  Pasta goes a long way, so I threw together this little recipe.

Here is what you need:

1 pound sliced link sausage (Italian would be great!)

12 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled

1/2 onion chopped

2 TBS olive oil

1 Can diced tomatoes

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 box penne pasta

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

20140211-133535.jpgBoil a pot of water and add your pasta.  Continue to boil for 7-8 minutes.

While your pasta is cooking, toss your onion and olive oil in a pan.  Cook on medium until the onions become clear.

Drain your pasta.

In a bowl combine the pasta, sausage, bacon, onion, diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.

 

20140211-133601.jpgDump your mixture into a deep 9X13 pan.

20140211-133610.jpgSprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

YUM! 🙂

Homemade Powdered laundry detergent

If I have my choice about what homemade detergent to make, I make the microwave stuff every time. But recently I hadn’t taken the time to liquefy my bar of laundry soap and the dirty clothes were piled up. (Ok… So if you want to know the truth, the laundry is ALWAYS piled up around here. There was a lack of, ummm-undergarments, and I needed to do an emergency load!!!)

So in a pinch…. I’ll throw together this little powdered detergent recipe.

Here is what you need:

1 bar of castile soap, Fels Naptha, or 1/2 bar of Zote

1 cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

20140130-101315.jpgGrate the soap.  (I just use my cheese grater.)  I use the fine grate side because I think it helps the soap dissolve better.

20140130-101322.jpgMeasure out your washing soda and Borax.

20140130-101330.jpgDump into an air tight container.

20140130-101337.jpgToss your grated soap on top.

20140130-101345.jpgShake it up.  This is the only reason I tend to do the microwave stuff instead.  My powders sink to the bottom.  It’s not a problem when I do laundry because I make sure to stir it up well and get a good mixture. The problem comes when my kids do laundry– they just take a scoop off the top and end up with mostly soap and not much powder.  But other than that, I think it works just as well as the other stuff!

Now…if only folding and putting it all away were that easy!  😉

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

I have a confession to make.  I have never actually had the famous biscuits from Red Lobster…..or at least I don’t remember them.  Hubs and I aren’t big sea food fans and have only visited the place a couple of times.  However, I recently bought a mix from Wal-Mart that was supposed to be a replica of these famous biscuits.

THEY. WERE. DELICIOUS!!

So being the frugaltastic girl I am, I decided to take a stab at making my own. I started with my regular old biscuit recipe and added to it. I did cut the recipe in half and it made 14 cheesy, buttery biscuits.

Here is what you need:

1/2 of the basic biscuit recipe
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup melted butter
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 TBS Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.

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20140130-100829.jpgOnce your biscuit dough is ready, place the grated cheese on top and fold it over.

20140130-100836.jpgContinue folding it until the cheese is evenly mixed in.

20140130-100842.jpgPull off pieces and drop them on the pan. You don’t want them to be perfectly shaped. Leave the crevices on top for your buttery topping after they bake.  You won’t regret it!!!

Bake your biscuits on 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

20140130-100900.jpgWhile they bake, melt your butter.  Stir in the parmesan cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning.

 

20140130-100907.jpgAs soon as the biscuits come out of the oven, brush the butter mixture over the top.

20140130-100915.jpgENJOY!!

In Honor of Sochi….

For the last few Olympics our family has watched the opening ceremony in style. We look up recipes from the hosting country and do our best to have an authentic feast. (It’s a frugal, family fun way to create memories!! 🙂 )

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I can’t take credit for any of these recipes But I CAN share the links!!

Chicken Keiv
Potato Cakes
Russian Tea cakes

It’s not too late for your party…. Pick a night when your favorite event is wrapping up and make the 2014 Olympics one your family will never forget!!

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