Thursday, June 6, 2013

Life is Uncertain.....Eat Dessert First

Hello Everyone,
I know tomorrow is going to be a busy and fun day, so I thought I would post pictures and recipes of a couple of the things I made today.  I know this is going to be a quilting retreat, but with an emphasis on eating!

Strawberry Pizza

1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 cup flour

©      Mix well and pat onto 14” pizza pan.
©      Bake 7-10 minutes at 400°

Mix the following:
9 ounce Cool Whip
1 ½ ounce cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

©      Beat well and smooth on top of cooled crust

 Slice 1 quart large strawberries and place on top in a circle.  Chill and serve.


Coffee-Orange Fudge Cake

1 pkg. devil’s food cake mix                                     
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream                              
½ cup salad oil                                               
½ cup water                                                               
4 eggs                                                                         
1 (3 oz.) pkg. instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
¼ cup coffee liqueur
2 tablespoons finely-shredded orange peel
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Powdered sugar (optional)

©      Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.  In a large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, eggs, pudding mix, liqueur, orange peel and cinnamon.
©      Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until blended, scraping sides of bowl constantly.  Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes. 
©      Stir in chocolate pieces.  Pour into prepared pan. 
©      Bake in a 350° oven for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and cool on rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. 
©      Makes 12 to 16 servings.  This recipe is a blue-ribbon cake from Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen.  This cake freezes well.  It’s rich and moist.
NOTE SO SELF:  Next time I make this, don't forget to add the chocolate chips.  They don't taste as good just sitting on the counter!  I won't tell anyone if you don't.

More recipes and quilting pictures tomorrow. 



  1. Hmm - yummo. I can do that strawberry pie - with a premade crust. My SIL will love the cake recipe.

  2. Oh yummy! I would love a piece of that pizza with a side of chocolate cake. Are you sure there will be time for quilting?

  3. I can't decide which one looks yummier!

  4. Yummy yummy. By the time you read this, you'll be in full quilting retreat mode, but I just wanted to say have a great time. (and with food like that, how could anyone not have a great time?)

  5. Yum, I just bookmarked this cake recipe. Can't wait to try it!

  6. Hello Lynn,

    I just want to hop on a plane and come to your home. Enjoy the retreat and thanks for the recipes.

    Happy days.

  7. Looks and sounds like you are all set - all that's left to do is eat (and quilt!)