Thursday, July 4, 2013

BBQ Time!

Nothing quite says summer to me more than a day of friends, bbq's and fireworks!

This will be the first year in awhile I am not hosting. Looking so forward to kicking back and being a guest and enjoying the day fully.

I am whipping up a batch of chocolate Mayonnaise cupcakes! They are rich, moist and delicious. A treat that was first introduced to me as a child by our good family friends the Franklins in oh, 1970 something! If your looking for a last minute BBQ treat to make or need a sure hit sweet treat, you may want to give these a try!

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

2 cups sifted flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

4 tablespoons cocoa

2 teaspoons instant coffee (optional)

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla


Prepare two 8 inch cake pans either by lightly greasing and flouring or lining with waxed paper. This recipe makes two 8-inch layers. Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, cocoa, and coffee. Add mayonnaise, water and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly with finger. Cool slightly; remove from pan. (I think this makes 12 cupcakes)  Also makes 1 sheet cake.


Pudding Frosting:

1 pkg. Dream Whip     

1 small box instant pudding mix

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix Dream Whip & milk first, beat until smooth and fluffy. Add pudding mix, beat well again.

If too stiff, add 2 tablespoons of milk at a time until you reach desired consistency.


Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate cut into small pieces

1 cup sour cream (I use the light)

1 teaspoon vanilla


Melt chocolate in mixing bowl on 50 percent power in microwave (3 to 4 minutes) stirring from time to time. Add sour cream and vanilla to chocolate and stir until blended and glossy. Use mixture immediately. If frosting becomes too stiff or loses its gloss, set the bowl in a pan of hot water for a few seconds to soften.


This would probably work with white chocolate also if you needed a white frosting sometime or add food coloring for colored frosting.

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