Monday, December 28, 2009

Well Hello 2010

Blog friends, I’ll be honest, the holidays have fried my brain. My every attempt at writing a clever little post for our blog has been lame. ‘New Year Resolutions’ , blah blah blah….., or my other choice, ‘Laugh Until your Depends are Soaked’…. probably needed a lot of fine tuning. So here is what I know…. I made a fabulous cake for Christmas and here is the recipe. I should have taken a photo of my cake, this one is from the old magazine I got the recipe from. Two words… Deeeee Lish.

Chocolate Chip Caramel Cake

1 package white cake mix (18-1/4 oz)
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup miniature semisweet choc chips

Caramel Topping

¼ cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup confectioners sugar

Chocolate Drizzle

¼ cup semisweet choc chops
½ teaspoon shortening

In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the chips. Spread into a well greased and floured 10” fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes (took a little less for me) or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and then invert onto plate.

For topping, combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and vanilla. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add sugar. Beat on high with a portable mixer for 30 seconds or until thickened. Drizzle on cake. Sprinkle with nuts.

In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over the top.

And just let me combine those well intentioned ideas I had for a post. New Years Resolutions? Laugh more. Life is good…. And funny. A Happy and Healthy New Year to you all!


kimbuktu said...

You always make me laugh Chauncey. And what a delicious looking treat. I love caramel.

Since I know you are a chocolate lover, I wanted to let you know we are serving chocolate fondue for New Years.

Yankeegirl said...

Hehe....I have post Christmas fried brain syndrome too. What's better than a delicious cake recipe to get me going again!!

Thanks Chauncey!

Sixsisters said...

Yum, what a great looking cake. Thanks Chauncey for
all of the laughs in 2009.

Judi B said...

Oooh, Chauncey, this does look yummy! I will have to try it. I have an old standby my family loves -- pumpkin chocolate chip cake, so I know they would love this one!

ZudaGay said...

What resolution? YUMMY sounding cake!!! I just may have to give it a try! :)

Beth said...

yummy, printed the recipe. Thanks Chauncey

Julie G. said...

mmm-mmm-mmm, does that look yummy! One slice for me please!!

joon said...

This is perfect, Chaunce. You know we all love food. I better keep this post out of Evan's radar range. :) Thanks for shoring up the post Christmas slump.

Beth Anderson said...

YUM! Thanks you for this recipe.

Kathryn Perelman said...

Jeez! I put on 2 pounds just reading the recipe. BTW - I am too lazy to change from DD's Google account - but this is Blazing Barb

The Filigree Garden said...

There's never anything wrong about having cake in a blog post. This looks yummy!

Myfanwy said...

Yum, yum! I'd better get baking.