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Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

Surprise your family, friends and guests alike with this amazingly easy Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

As I mentioned in an earlier post, June was a busy month for our family.

With that being said, one celebration I attended was my nephew’s college graduation lunch. So proud of him, by the way!

I happened to sit next to two sweet ladies, my ex-sister-in-law’s mother and her mother-in-law. Ok, I know this may be confusing, but just hang in there with me. You see, when our family gets together for special occasions, everyone attends; new family members and old ones alike, and we all get along famously!

Anyway, this is really all about the cake!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

You see, during the lunch, the subject of baking came about, and for some reason (giggle) my blog came up.

These ladies were most impressed with what I was doing and wanted to know all about the yummy things I make and post.

Me, not being shy about my passion, immediately started chatting about this sweet thing and that sinfully sweet thing.

Tummies were growling and mouths were watering! Even though we were eating lunch — no one could resist dreaming of mouth-watering desserts!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Then, lo and behold, one of the ladies, (my ex-sister-in-law’s mother-in-law; yeah, I know), chimed in that she had the best and simplest chocolate cake recipe ever. And she wanted to know if I wanted to hear the recipe.

Well, YES!

She told me, “Just take a package of chocolate pudding, make it according to the instructions, then add it to your favorite boxed cake mix, and mix the two together. Do not add anything else. Pour it into a baking pan, sprinkle it with chocolate chips, toss it in the oven, and you will have the best chocolate cake ever.”

Of course, I was intrigued and knew I had to try it. And that I did. But per usual, I put my own spin on this sweet treat by adding toffee bits! The outcome was a moist delicious cake — she was right, it was fabulous!

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

1 3.4 oz. package chocolate pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 package chocolate cake mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Heath Toffee Bits

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add pudding mix and milk and whisk until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate cake mix and stir with a spoon until fully incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the chocolate chips then the toffee bits. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted to the middle comes out clean.

Cool slightly on a wire rack, then cut into squares and serve.

Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake | Sweet Baked Life

Who would ever think that by adding prepared pudding to a boxed cake mix would turn into a scrumptious Chocolate Chip Toffee Pudding Cake? It’s a must try, you won’t believe how good it is!

Sending a big hug and kiss to Lisa’s mother-in-law, Dorothy — thanks for the recipe! And a super big congratulations again to my nephew, Sam! Let them eat cake!!!

xxoo

Sheila


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Patriotic Puppy Chow

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with this Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

And be warned, this sweet chow is not for your dog — it’s for us, humans! Yeah!

I know it’s a strange name, but let me tell you, one hand full of this white chocolate coated, cake batter dusted, candy studded, crunchy munch, will make you a believer that puppy chow is good for you!

It’s an easy snack to prepare, especially for a hot summer day treat, and it will be gobbled up in no time! You may want to make a double batch to make sure you have enough to nosh on while watching the fire works burst in the night sky!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

This week, our weather resistant thermometers will climb to the triple digits every day! Ugh!

When our local meteorologist informed us it’s going to be 105 degrees, well, that just means in my back yard, the red line of my trusty¬† thermometer will reach somewhere around 110 degrees.

Sweltering heat – not what I call fun!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

But what is fun is a big bowl of this Patriotic Puppy Chow, extra crunchy and cold because I keep mine in the freezer!

And you can join in on the fun too! With this super simple sweet treat that includes a special ingredient — white cake mix! Yep, it will bring this puppy chow to a whole new level!

Just combine crunchy cereal and melted white chocolate, then dump it into a dusting of white cake mix and powdered sugar and toss in some red and blue pretzel M&M’s along with some white chocolate chips — and you’ve got a festive treat to serve your hungry guests as you celebrate our great nation!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Patriotic Puppy Chow

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

5 cups Rice Chex Mix Cereal
2 bars (4.4 oz each) Lindt White Chocolate bars, melted according to package
3/4 cup white cake mix (dry from box)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup Pretzel M&M’s (blue and red ones only)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the cereal then pour the melted white chocolate over and stir until well combined.

Into a large zip lock baggie, add the cake mix and confectioners sugar. Add the cereal mixture and seal the baggie and shake until combined and cereal is coated.

Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and spread out into one layer. Let cool completely then toss in the M&M’s and white chocolate chips. Store in am air-tight container and keep in a cool place – for me I like to store mine the freezer!

Patriotic Puppy Chow -- chex cereal coated with cake mix and sprinkled with red, white and blue candy. | Sweet Baked Life

Salute the flag with a bowl or two of this sweet and cool Patriotic Puppy Chow!

Have a fun, safe and sweet 4th of July!

Sheila


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Birthday Cake Bark

Here’s an extra special cool candy treat perfect for your party…it’s my pretty Birthday Cake Bark!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Being it was my birthday a week or so ago, and I had to celebrate with something PINK, I thought I would try out a new variation of a traditional chocolate candy bark.

I wanted the flavors of a birthday cake, without having to bake an actual cake.

And just to set the record straight – I have stopped counting the years, but will never stop celebrating!

Hehehehe…

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

You see, I do love a good chocolate or lemon cake for my birthday (my favs), however my mom surprised me by bringing me a lemony fruit tart from her favorite bakery in Marin to celebrate my special day.

The tart was heavenly and light, and perfect after our heavy and scrumptious Mexican feast we made and devoured!

But I still wanted something that really screamed, BIRTHDAY.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So over the weekend, I decided to make a sweet treat that included a few of my favorites; white and dark chocolate along with my favorite color, pink, which turned into a dazzling dessert!

And with the weather heating up around here to the triple digits, this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of this stuff to keep chilled  in your freezer for a quick snack when that sweet tooth starts craving something in the heat of the summer!

Young or old, everyone will love this festive and treat that’s reminiscent of a birthday cake!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Birthday Cake Bark

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 bars (4.4 oz. each) good quality white chocolate (I used Lindt)
1 tablespoons dry yellow cake mix
10-15 Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies, broken into small pieces
2-4 drops Red food coloring, to create the perfect pink color
Pink and white sprinkles for garnish

Instructions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium microwave proof bowl, add the chocolate chips. Place in microwave and heat at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted. Pour into prepared sheet and spread evenly with a spatula. Add the cookies in an even layer and press down gently. Place in the freezer.

In a pan of a double boiler on top of simmering water, break up the white chocolate and place into the pan. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the food coloring until you get the pink color you desire, then add the cake mix and stir until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the pink-while chocolate evenly over the cookies. Immediately sprinkle the top with colored sprinkles. Place back in the freezer until fully firm. About 2 hours or overnight.

Break into pieces and eat! Can be stored in an air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer for 1 week.

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

So there you have it, a beautiful candy bark that combines rich semi-sweet chocolate, smooth white chocolate, crunchy Oreo cookies, and pretty sprinkles. The textures are sinful!

And you won’t even have to turn your oven on for this delectable confection!

Now this Birthday Cake Bark really screams, hello birthday celebrations and welcome summer!

Birthday Cake Bark - a combination of dark and white chocolate along with Golden Oreo Birthday Cake Cookies | Sweet Baked Life

Enjoy the sweetness of summer!

 

Sheila


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Frosty Lemonade

Cool off from the heat with a tall glass overflowing with refreshing Frosty Lemonade.

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

It’s creamy, tangy and just a little messy — in a good way that is!

It’s the perfect drink to serve to your kids and their friends during the hot summer days…

that is if you want to have a house full of kids the entire summer!

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

As well, you may become dad’s favorite person if you whip this up for him on Father’s Day!

This super simple sweet drink will have dad singing your praises all day long as you keep his glass filled!

And, who doesn’t like sharing a lemony milkshake with their dad?

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Or even if you want to sweeten up the father of your kids — this drink is the ticket that will keep you on the fast-track to his loving heart!

And with my hubs, this a great way to spoil him, with just one more sweet thing he will love! That is besides me and the kiddo that is!

You can’t go wrong with combining two simple ingredients – tangy fresh lemonade with cool and creamy pure vanilla ice cream – into one lip-smacking summer drink!

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Frosty Lemonade

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life 2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Ingredients:
8 oz. freshly made lemonade* (or store-bought lemonade)
2 cups vanilla ice cream (about 4 scoops, slightly softened)

Instructions:
Pour lemonade into a blender then add the ice cream. Blend on high-speed until fully combined. Pour into a large glass, garnish will a slice of lemon and serve!

*Note: to make fresh lemonade, squeeze 1 cup of lemon juice into a large pitcher, add 1/2 cup granulated sugar and stir until dissolved, then add 2-1/2 cups water and stir. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

2 ingredient Frosty Lemonade

Celebrate the hot summer days and the special men in your life with this creamy Frosty Lemonade!

Cheers!

Sheila

 

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