Homemade Chocolate Cake and Cookie Dough Ice Cream!! — Sammicakes

I told you all I was baking a lot this week! To go with our Korean dinner, I prepared this chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. It was crazyyy good, and I highly recommend you try it–you don’t even need an ice cream machine! I’ll have another treat to post on Monday, […]

via Homemade Chocolate Cake and Cookie Dough Ice Cream!! — Sammicakes

​Let’s Eat Cake​

There’s something magically about a tasty chocolate dessert. Watching that chocolate slowly soften while you are heating it up. Then that sweet aroma fills the room. 

Chocolate desserts are the easiest for me to cook, so when my family asked for me to make something gooey, chocolate and warm, of course, I said yes. Read More

Half Box Half Homemade Chocolate Cake

This is a new type of transformation Tuesday. Today I want to show you how to transform a bland box of cake into a mouth-watering jaw-dropping delight.

I usually don’t do this, but I had a box Read More

German Chocolate Cake

 

Why am I posting this?

Because it’s Friday and we all need a little chocolate in our life

I hope you all enjoy watching my video and recreating this cake for someone you love.

Ingredients For The Cake Read More

One Year Down…​Thank You For Giving Me A Chance

It has officially been 1 year since I started this particular blog and I have been welcomed into the blog world with open arms. I have to admit that every time I write something I second guess myself. I wonder if it’s interesting enough to get you to come back and view another post. I always try to just be myself and that alone is scary.

I remember when I first started my blog I was approached by a well known public figure and he gave me THE BEST pointer. He told me if I wanted my blog to be successive then I had to remain truthful to myself. Choose topics that hit me deep in my core and then just go. Talk the way I do every day, and make sure my personality is present at all times. When he told me this I said well what if people don’t like me or what I have to say?

He responded, “Do you have friends”? “Do they like to engage with you”? “After 17 years does your husband still like you and engage with you”? But most importantly “Do you like you and find yourself interesting”? I thought fair enough!

So here we go! My content is going to be bananas this year, filled with food, diets, crafts, workouts, real talk, and my Life. I am elated to welcome you all to my world.

I know that there are thousands and thousands of blogs that you could have joined or read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~Belladonna~

I Won’t Let You Leave With That German Chocolate Cake

So you think you are just going to grow up and leave me huh? Not so fast their baby boy. I know when you look in the mirror you see someone that is 6’3, facial hair, and body becoming more muscular. But that not me. I’ll tell you what I see.

On February 10, 2004, I gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy. He instantly stole my heart and I stole his. I could not go into another room without him wanting to be right with me. I remember the first time that I enrolled Elijah in a camp. We would only be separated for 4 hours and his big sister would be in the next room. But that didn’t matter to him. He cried and the instructors told me just to go and they would hold him until he calmed down. But the funny part is, when we walked through the doors the instructors thought he was at least 4. They were shocked when I told them he was 2.

When I returned to pick them up, there my baby was sitting on one of the instructor’s lap. She couldn’t have been more than 5’2 and 115 pounds. So he looked gigantic sitting on her lap and still in tears. When he saw me he ran towards me and leaped into my arms. That memory is forever engraved in my brain. I loved that moment so much! I think I missed him more than he missed me.

So yeah that’s what I see when I look at you. My curly head sweetie pie that needs his mama.

So needless to say when told me that you wanted a German Chocolate Cake for your birthday, I was honored to make it. He’s my baby and I’ll make him anything.

Elijah,

“I promise I will let you go one day but today you will not leave with that German Chocolate Cake. I’m going to enjoy watching you eat every bite.”

I hope you all enjoy watching my video and recreating this cake for someone you love.

Ingredients For The Cake

Please note that I doubled the recipe for the cake only. I prefer bigger cakes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees Cook for 30-35 minutes

  • 1 pkg (4oz) Bakers German’s sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 eggs separated
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Cover bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.

Heat up your chocolate and water for two minutes stir until chocolate is completely melted.

Beat egg whites and small bowl with until peaks form and set aside.

Combine flour baking soda and salt. Mix butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks slowly and beating well after each yolk. Add and melted chocolate and vanilla. Then flour mixture alternately with buttermilk and blending. Add egg whites stir gently to blend it then pour into prepared pans.

Please cakes on cooling rack for 15 minutes before frosting.

Ingredients For The Coconut Pecan Frosting

Enough for 3 Large round cakes or 36 cupcakes

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk 1-1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 pkg ( 7 ounces) Bakers Angel Flake coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • Whisk egg yolks milk and vanilla and large sauce pan until blended add sugar and butter cook on medium heat 12 minutes stirring constantly until it’s thickened and golden brown. Remove from heat and add coconut and nuts mix well and let it cool for 15 minutes.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~Belladonnna~

Chocolate Crescent Rolls

I am determined to learn how to make crescent rolls like Meryl Streep on “It’s Complicated”. I absolutely love every bit of that movie but the baker in me keeps rewinding the scenes of her in the bakery. I think I would feel like I had died and gone to heaven if I had a bakery that looks exactly like hers.

One Day I will!!!

Okay, so there is a scene where she is making huge chocolate crescent rolls for Steve Martin and the way she is rolling out the dough and sprinkling chocolate chips is AMAZING!! I swear I have seen that part a thousand times and it will never get old.

Out of total inspiration from this movie… I present to you my chocolate chip Crescent rolls. Stay tuned for a bigger version in the near future.

Ingredient

  • 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 12-ounce package of Chocolate chips
  • 1 can of Crescent Rolls or Refrigerated Dough

Watch the video below and enjoy making this easy recipe!

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~BellaDonna~

Sweet Sammie Rae’s Strawberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting

I have a slight dislike and LOVE for my kids birthday. Dislike because they are getting older and closer to being adults. That is just a depressing thought for me. So we are going to stop talking about that RIGHT NOW! Okay, Moving on.

I love birthday time because I get to create a new cake and design it anyway my kids desire. I may not be a huge fan of some of the flavors they want me to make. But this isn’t my birthday, so I do what they like. Which brings me to Samantha’s birthday cake this year. She loves strawberry cake and I never knew just how much until now. I have never made this cake and I must admit that I wasn’t very hopeful.

The first thing I did was hit Pinterest for some awesome ideas. I was quite concerned that I would get a bad batch of strawberries which would destroy the flavor of my cake. I then stumbled across a recipe that hit right on my issue. The recipe called for frozen strawberries. I learned that you should always use frozen strawberries because the taste will remain consistent.

Often times the cake batter will call for gelatin but I chose to go without it in my recipe. Not for any particular reason, just didn’t want to use it. Also please note how I always place parchment paper at the bottom of the pans. This is a must for me because I have been known for not greasing my pans enough, which will cause your batter to stick.

Ingredients For a 3 Layer Cake

Preheat Oven 325 degrees

Bake for 25-30 minutes

  • 3 Cups Flour
  •  2 1/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Cups Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cups Oil
  • 4 Eggs

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 Ounces Cream Chesse ( (2) 8-ounce packs)
  • 3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Sugar

Whip the cream cheese, Vanilla, and Sugar. Slowly add heavy whipping cream. Whip Until stiff peaks form.

Please Watch the Video Below for step by step process.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored.

~BellaDonna~

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have so many loved ones that cook and do it well. We talk about food and how to make meals better all the time. Okay, when I say meals I mean sweets! Please don’t judge me! It’s okay if you indulge every once in a while. RIGHT?

I am a strong believer in living life to the fullest which, to me means having a few treats once in a while.

I will never enter my fall season without a good meal and a banging treat. I can’t explain the joy that I feel when I’m in the kitchen with candles lit, the fireplace going, soft music playing, the oven on and fresh homemade cookie dough going into the oven.

Allow me to backtrack and give you the story behind this cookie. I was on the phone with my niece and she was making cookies with her daughter. So, of course, I had to ask what kind. I almost dropped the phone when she told me pumpkin chocolate chip. I just knew that this was a home run and could not wait to make it. My niece was going crazy over the texture of the cookie and how many cookies she was able to make.

Needless to say, she was right. I hope you all love these cookies as much as we do. But the best part is you should have all of the ingredients in your kitchen already, with the exception of pumpkin puree.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can of Pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsalted Butter
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 sugar
  • 3/4 brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate chip

Serving 2 dozen cookies

Cook Time 12 mins on 350 degrees

In a large bowl add dry ingredients and slowly add in the pumpkin puree, egg, butter, and vanilla extract. Lastly, add chocolate chips and then roll the entire batter on parchment paper and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour. The longer the dough rest the more the flavors will infuse into the dough.

Grease your pan or use parchment paper. Roll the cookies and place 6 to 8 on the sheet at a time.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellDonna~