Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cocoa-Cola Cake





cocoa-cola cake

Soft gooey marshmallows unite with pecans and chocolate in this Southern-style cake. It's perfect for a party.


ingredients

  • 2  cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2  cups
    granulated sugar
  • 1  cup
    butter
  • 1  cup
    cola
  • 2  Tbsp.
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2  cup
    buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1  tsp.
    baking soda
  • 1  tsp.
    vanilla
  • 2  cups
    tiny marshmallows
  •  
    Cocoa-Cola Frosting
  • 1/2  cup
    chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2  cup
    pastel-color tiny marshmallows (optional)




    directions
    1.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In large bowl, stir together flour and granulated sugar. Set aside.
    2.
    In medium saucepan, combine butter, cola, and cocoa powder. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter melts. Pour over flour mixture. Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla; mix well. Stir in marshmallows. Pour into prepared baking pan.
    3.
    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.
    4.
    Spread Cocoa-Cola Frosting over cake. Sprinkle with pecans and marshmallows, if desired.
    5.
    Cocoa-Cola Frosting: In medium bowl, beat 1/3 cup butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, beating until combined. Add 1/4 cup cola, beating until combined. Gradually beat in 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar until combined. If necessary, beat in enough additional cola, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make frosting easy to spread.




Baked Cavatelli






baked cavatelli

This quick and easy cavatelli casserole recipe uses simple but tasty ingredients such as fresh mozzarella and sausage.

ingredients
  • 2-1/3  cups
    dried cavatelli or wagon wheel macaroni (7 ounces)
  • 12  ounces
    uncooked Italian sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick, or lean ground beef
  • 3/4  cup
    chopped onion
  • 2  cloves
    garlic, minced
  • 1  26-ounce jar
    pasta sauce
  • 1  cup
    shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

    1/4  teaspoon            black pepper





    directions
    1.
    Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
    2.
    In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until sausage is brown; remove from skillet. Drain.
    3.
    In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and the drained sausage mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 2-quart casserole.*
    4.
    Bake, covered, in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
    5.
    Makes 5 or 6 servings
    6.
    *Note: For individual portions, spoon the mixture into 5 or 6 individual (8- to 10-ounce) casseroles. Place the casseroles on a large baking sheet. Cover casseroles with foil and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, and bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.


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