Cake Heaven Delight
Cake Heaven You Create
This cake is heaven on earth and best of all you decide how to create it. Have you ever had that craving for something wonderful, decadent, out of the ordinary but you just can't decide between a slice of cake, some chocolate candy, s'mores are rolling around in your head but oh decisions, decisions!
Since so many of us are really trying to keep to some kind of nutritional regimen, whether it's watching carbs, counting calories, entering Weight Watchers points, eating Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig and joining gyms, taking walks or doing yoga we know we don't want to choose the slice of cake and the candy and the sweets like chocolate that are calling you, calling your name.
Today's cake recipe is everything sweet that's calling you all in one great dessert. And the best part is, you can choose your toppings as your cravings dictate or for special occasions and holidays. I don't go crazy often, but when I do, this is what I do. And my family is usually hoping they are all around when I bake it too!
This delicious cake for snack or dessert is simple as pie to bake. The base of the cake is your favorite cake recipe or cake box mix. I'm going to outline the cake in a box mix because that's simply how I do it best and sometimes you just can't plan when the craving will hit, so a quick easy box of white, yellow or chocolate cake mix is perfect for those times.
My recipe for cake heaven mix is very much like my recipe for cupcakes Cupcakes: The Sweet Treat We Love, except for this cake I would choose a yellow cake mix as my favorite because the consistency is a little better to hold up all the goodies we are going to pile on top.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: Less Than 1 Hour
Serves: 10 (or 1 if you're going crazy)
- Your Favorite Cake Box Mix
- 1 Cup of Water
- 1/3 Cup of Oil (or as specified on directions)
- 3 Eggs (or as specified on directions)
- Follow directions on the box, it is that simple! You choose whether you are in a chocolate, white cake or yellow cake mood. There are of course also Red Velvet, Lemon, French Vanilla mixes available too so I am going to leave that big decision up to you and your pantry.
- Most cakes will require eggs, water and oil to bake them up moist and yummy and you can improvise very often adding egg whites instead of eggs.
- I know no one says it, but I always use, are you ready, olive oil (EVOO) in my cake mixes and they are wonderful but definitely choose whichever one works for you.
- For this dessert I choose a rectangular glass or non-stick baking tray, or even an aluminum foil tray will do depending on the occasion.
- Use A Hand Mixer to mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl until there are no more lumps in the batter.
- Spray Baking Pan with non-stick spray
- Pour The Batter into the baking pan
- Bake In Oven At 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.
- When your cake base is done baking it's time to create some heaven!
Mix It Up With a Hand Mixer
Having the right tools in the kitchen really makes baking and cooking so much more fun and delicious. I use a hand mixer for baking cakes, whipping up potatoes, beating up egg whites and even for a great pumpkin pie recipe I have.
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Baking The Cake
Baking the cake is the first step of this easy peasy recipe. You can bake it from your own favorite home made recipe or you can make it from cake box mix. Any of your favorites will do including yellow cake, chocolate, white, lemon, red velvet or any one you pick.
The cake is like the structure of this foundation adding to the hearty wonderful flavor and feel of your slice of heaven. For me honestly, the cake is there to hold up all the goodies I can't wait to get my fork on and enjoy every taste.
For some people it's all about the cake. For me it's all about the toppings the cake is holding up!
Cake Heaven Recipe PART 2 Topping The Cake Basics
While the cake is still warm, in fact straight out of the oven is the best time to start this part of the recipe! Most cake recipes tell you to allow the cake to cool before adding frosting but oh no, not this wonderful cake recipe. Here's how I start topping my slice of heaven...
Marshmallows. For any one loves marshmallows, thinks they like marshmallows, adore S'mores or just want to try something different grab a bag of mini marshmallows and throw a couple of handfuls right on top of your still hot to warm cake base. How many exactly? That's up to you but remember you want to leave lots of room for your other goodies to blend along with them.
Chocolate Chips. You have to add chocolate chips. Or mini chocolate chips are my favorite! I have no measurement for this deliciousness and believe strongly you just can't have too many! Remember add as many as you can before the cake cools and now they are already bonding in the melty best way possible.
White Chocolate Chips. Don't stop at chocolate chips, white chocolate chips are great right alongside them so toss some of these on there too.
Important considerations when choosing your mixing bowl.
1. Be sure it's big enough to fit all of your ingredients so you have plenty of room to mix thoroughly without it flying all over your kitchen.
2. I always check that it's dishwasher safe because that makes clean up a super easy job
3. The easiest way to pour your batter is using a mixing bowl with a handle or some type of non-slip gripping surface so you really can pick it up and pour it into your pan without worrying about losing your grip or making a mess.
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SoftWorks Mixing Bowls feature a non-slip wrap-around base that prevents skidding, even when the bowl is tilted. A comfortable, non-slip handle gives you a firm grasp for easy whisking and stirring. The wide lip and spout makes pouring neat and clean. The 5-quart bowl is ideal for doubling recipes or mixing larger quantities. SoftWorks bowls are dishwasher safe. Set includes: 1.5, 3 and 5-quart bowls
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Cake Heaven Recipe PART 3 More Toppings!
Ever have one of those cravings where you just really want a 3 Musketeers or no, really you want M&M's or oooh I know a handful of Oreo cookies followed by chocolate peanut butter cups, Kit Kats or nuts, maybe some walnuts, almond joy bars......
Well now you can have all of them. Yes, all of them. And they may all just end up on your piece of cake heaven. Picture some delicious chunks of your favorite candy bars, sweet indulgences, cookies and add, add, add. All you have to do is use your imagination and let your taste buds, cravings and pantry be your guide.
Slice it up, throw it on whole, make them into chunks whichever is your favorite way of topping a cake to make sure you get all the yumminess you are craving, well go for it!
Advice on Toppings
You can't top this, giving advice on the best, most favorite candy, cookies and sweets to add to your cake is the most fun I could ever ask for. I'm always thinking about my nutrition and worrying about carbs. Watching TV is amazing because every single commercial it seems like features another wonderful, crazy snack, meal or temptation that I just shouldn't be planning on.
So that's why if I'm going to to go crazy, I am really going to enjoy it! And I am more than happy to share my greatest advice on how you can blow your diet too.
Choose one, choose a lot. And remember next time you make the cake, you get to choose anything you love again!
Yummy milk chocolate and light crispy wafers, who doesn't want a Kit Kat! Yes candy on Amazon, this price is actually for 6 bags of KitKats not just 6 Kit Kats.
M&M's are perfect because everyone loves them and you are sure to get more than a few on every slice. Choose your favorites like peanut butter M&M, M&M's with peanuts in them and the mini M&M's also work great also!
Cake Heaven Part 4: Frosting On The Cake
Here it is. The icing on the cake. The end to the recipe that is just the beginning of a piece of heaven you are about to savor. Here's how I add the frosting:
Take a tub of your favorite frosting. Mostly I use chocolate frosting to top a yellow cake but any frosting flavor will be delicious! Take the plastic cover off the container and then
This part is really really important: Peel back the aluminum covering that is keeping your frosting fresh in the can. Not just peel it, I mean really peel it ALL off. Check the sides of the can and be sure every speck of silver is absolutely gone. It's metallic and if you leave it on for the next step it could be hazardous. Once there is no more silver:
Put the frosting in the tub into the microwave. Cook on high for about 22 seconds. The can will be warm so be careful handling and stir with a spoon or spatula until it is smooth and moves easily. If you need to, you can heat for another 10 seconds and stir again. And then
Pour the whole can of frosting still warm over everything. Over the toppings. Over the chocolate. Over the marshmallows and cookies. Pour the can over the whole cake. Of course if that's too much frosting for you, use only as much as you want to. Feel free to drizzle it more or less wherever you want it. Because this is your cake and your special treat!
Bake It With Love
I could never forget to to mention THE most important ingredient in our Cake Heaven recipe and that is LOVE. You have to love the flavors you choose and the frostings and the toppings. You definitely have to love the chocolates, sprinkles, cookies and sweetness all blended together just the way you choose. You have to love who you share it with. You have to love where you are and just the wonderful fact that you can make this great cake.
You have to love yourself enough to treat yourself to some fun.
Add lots and lots of love to every spoonful, cup and handful of everything you add to this recipe to make sure it comes out tasting even sweeter with each bite.
This Is Bad
I know this is bad. Oh no, no, the cake is delicious! Baking it and creating all the wonderful aromas of some sweet surprise throughout your house is awesome. Topping it with your family members and sharing it with them is so delicious and so fun.
But sugar, so bad for us. White flour, uh oh. And then there's fat to consider and carbohydrates in general. Oh my bad.
I would never recommend this cake as a daily part of your nutritious diet. I wouldn't serve it to my children for dinner. And for some people nutrition is not just about trying to stay fit. It's what keeps us balanced.
But sometimes, bad is good. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself. When the cravings hit and the chocolate is calling consider whipping up a batch of this cake any way you would love it so that your cravings are satisfied, the inner child in you is satisfied and so that one day you don't just lose it altogether and really go crazy for a few days, because sometimes after that happens it's really hard to come back from it.
Sometimes it's not a bad idea to remember that Life Is Short, Have Dessert First. It's not so bad to know every now and then you can enjoy a slice of what heaven tastes like to you!
Cookies On Your Cake
Cookies on your cake! Sure why not, why choose between having cookies or a piece of cake, have both I say!
Wonderful toppings to your cake are mini cookies. My family loves oreos, loves chocolate chip cookies, well we just love cookies. Choose one cookie favorite or choose a buffet of cookies and add as many as your family would like.
I usually use mini cookies but you can use full size cookies and cut them up to your favorite size.
Delicious oreos in bite size package goodness
Mini chips ahoy with all the goodness of cookie and chocolate chips in one perfect bite
Peanut butter lovers rejoice! Now you can add Nutter Butter mini bites to the top of your cake too.
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Gluten Free Cake Glory
While some folks are worried about calories and fat for a healthier lifestyle, for others it's about their health for real. People who need to follow gluten free diets can't just cheat one day for the fun of it, they will really get sick.
But now there is glory good cake for people who have to eat gluten free too!
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix is the resource for people with celiac disease who want to live happy, active, and healthy gluten-free lives.
The same great Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Dark Chocolate Frosting is made with real Hershey's Dutch Cocoa is Gluten Free
Rich, smooth and craveable, our chocolate chips are the perfect addition to any recipe. Free of dairy, soy and gluten, these semi-sweet chips satisfy everyone's chocolate cravings.
Sugar Free Heavenly Cake Break
For those who follow a sugar free diet there are great cake mixes, sugar free candies, cookies and frostings that will make your sweet tooth happy while keeping you on your healthy nutritional regimen. Even if you aren't diabetic I can promise that anyone who follows a sugar free diet will not only love this cake, they will really appreciate that you thought of them during birthdays, holidays and special occasions. I know this for sure because I have whipped up more than a few batches of sugar free cakes and cupcakes for my friends who are diabetic. It's a sweet gesture they really take to heart.
Pillsbury Moist Supreme Sugar Free Classic Yellow Cake Mix comes in a 16 ounce container. Fun and easy baking begins with our large variety of moist and delicious cake mixes.
Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge Flavor Frosting comes in a 15 ounce pack. Enjoy all of the taste without all the sugar.
Sugar Free Oreos make awesome toppings on your sugar free cake
Reese's Sugar-free Peanut Butter Cups
Cake Heaven Greetings
If you love cake heaven you will love these delicious cake and chocolate greetings you can keep around and share forever. A great way to share the goodness when we can't always eat the calories.