Today I will be sharing a special Mother’s Day dessert that I made for my mom. She’s always given me the support in anything I set my mind to do. It’s because of her I am who I am today. On my blog, I dedicate this Mother’s Day post to my mom. Originally I was planning to keep this dessert a surprise for her, but I got caught in the kitchen…lol. Her favorite dessert is a refreshing strawberry cake. This strawberry cake is super moist and in the middle, I added a layer of strawberry sauce. Topped with using her Homemade Cream Cheese frosting recipe. To make this cake I used a regular Strawberry cake mix and followed the box directions. In addition, I also have the instructions to make a Strawberry Sauce and Homemade Cream Cheese frosting. I would like to wish all the mom’s out there a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
1 Box of Strawberry cake mix (any cake brand like Pillsbury or Betty Crocker) follow box directions instead of One cup Water use One cup milk, 1/2 cup oil, and 3 eggs
Strawberry Sauce (Middle layer) Optional
1 lb Strawberries
1/4 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup Water
1/2 Lemon (juiced) No seeds
Method: Cut up strawberries into small chunks (that way the sauce will cook faster). Combine all ingredients in a small pot, medium heat. Bring to a boil, cook over medium low heat for about 20-30 mins. Look for a syrup texture and strawberry chunks are still visible. When sauce is completed move away from heat and allow to cool for 1 hour.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 Large Cream Cheese (Room Temperature)
1 Stick Margarine (unsalted) (Room Temperature)
1 Box (2 cups) Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Method: Mix well and spread over cooled cake. Cover top, sides, and center. (Optional)
Last week, I was having a craving of homemade chocolate chip cookies. So I decided to go online searching for a really nice chocolate chip cookie recipe. I came across Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies. This cookie recipe came from I HeartNaptime http://iheartnaptime.net. My immediate thought was “Pudding in a Chocolate Chip Cookie”. As I kept reading about this cookie recipe it’s the instant vanilla pudding mix you’re adding in the cookie. That gives the cookie a really soft and chewy taste. Being that I had all of the ingredients I baked these cookies the next day. After following the method of making these cookies it was time to give a try. My goodness! I was really amazed by how these cookies turned out. The edges of the cookie were buttery with a nice crisp. Soft and chewy just like how a cookie should taste. Also, with all the chocolate sweetness it pretty much sums up the PERFECT COOKIE! I do recommend trying out this cookie recipe. Enjoy!
1 cup Butter (salted and softened)
3/4 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup White sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/3 cup All-purpose flour
1 (3.4 oz) package Instant Vanilla Pudding mix
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips or (milk chocolate chips)
3/4 cup White Chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl add butter and sugars (brown and white) together. Use a cake mixer to mix 1 or 2 minutes for a creamy texture.
Include the vanilla extract and the eggs one by one. Mix all together
Then in a different mixing bowl, add the All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and Last but not Least the Instant Vanilla pudding mix (actual mix itself). Combine all these ingredients together.
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add chocolate chips to the mixture and mix completely until a cookie dough is formed.
You can use your hand to create dough balls or scoop them out. Rest on a baking tray.
Set oven at 350 degrees Note: On “I Heart Naptime” the directions suggested 8-10 minutes for baking. For me, I baked my cookies for 6-8 minutes.
After cookies are done baking allow them cool for a few minutes.
Serving Size: 20-24 cookies (My total was 21 cookies)