5 best cake recipes enjoy with your family or friends

Decadent Chocolate Cheesecake



Ingredients

  •  Nonstick cooking spray
  •  1 cup finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  •  1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  •  1 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese
  •  3/4 cup sugar
  •  2 tablespoons flour
  •  3 eggs
  •  1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla
  •  1 cup full-fat cream or half-and-half

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Spray a spring form pan with nonstick spray.
3. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter. Press into the bottom of the spring form pan.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until creamy.
5. Add the flour and mix well.
6. In a small bowl, beat the eggs. Add them to the cream cheese and flour mixture.
7. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.
8. Slowly add the chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and beat until well blended.
9. Add the vanilla and cream. Mix well.
10. Pour the mixture into the spring form pan over the graham cracker crumb crust.
11. Place the filled spring form pan into a larger pan with approximately 2 inches of water.
12. Bake for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
13. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator.
14. Serve cold.


Chocolate Celebration 3-Layer Cake



Ingredients for Cake

  •  1-1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  •  2-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  •  5 eggs
  • 2-3/4 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa for dusting pans

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • Sprinkles in your favorite flavor

Directions for cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease three 8-inch square or 9-inch round pans and dust with cocoa.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Mix until creamy smooth.
4. In a separate medium bowl, beat eggs. Add eggs to the butter and sugar mixture very slowly. Mix well.
5. Add half the flour, half the baking powder, and half the milk. Beat until smooth.
6. Add the remaining flour, baking powder, and milk. Beat again until smooth.
7. Add vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
8. Evenly distribute the batter in the three pans.
9. Bake for approximately 30 to 35 minutes in 350 F oven. Test for doneness with a toothpick.
10. Cool for 10 minutes and turn the cakes onto wire racks to finish cooling.

Directions for frosting:

1. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the shortening, powdered sugar, and water. Beat until smooth.
3. Slowly add the melted chocolate chips and mix well.
4. Fold in the whipped topping until the chocolate is evenly distributed.

3-Layer Jam Cake



Ingredients for Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon soda
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 3/4 cup blueberry or blackberry jam
  • 3/4 cup pear preserves
  • 3/4 cup peach preserves
  • 3/4 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 1-1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cups milk
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease and flour the bottoms and sides of three 9-inch round or 8-inch square pans.
3. Mix eggs and sugar in a medium bowl until creamy.
4. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mix well.
5. Add the jams, preserves, raisins and nuts. Mix well.
6. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt and baking soda. Alternately add the flour and milk in small amounts, mixing well as you go.
7. Pour the mixture evenly into the three pans.
8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until done.
9. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Turn them out onto wire racks.
Directions for Frosting:
1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Gradually stir in the brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
2. Gradually add the milk and bring to a boil again. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool until slightly warm.
3. Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

Heath Crunch Cake



Ingredients for Cake

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed Heath candy bars

Ingredients for Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup crushed Heath candy bars

Directions for Cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the cream and sugar until creamy smooth.
4. Add the eggs slowly and beat until blended.
5. Stir in the vanilla.
6. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Add to the wet mixture until the batter is smooth.
7. Fold the crushed Heath candy bars into the mixture.
8. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake in 350 F oven for 33 to 35 minutes.
9. Cool in pan.

Directions for frosting

1. Mix the shortening, butter and sugar until creamy smooth.
2. Add vanilla and mix.
3. Slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing as you go.
4. Slowly add the milk.
5. Frost the top of the cake and sprinkle with crushed Heath bars.

Candy Bar Cake



Ingredients

  • 7 standard size candy bars with soft middles (3 Musketeers, Milky Way, or Snickers)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Grease and flour a tube or long loaf pan.
3. Melt the candy bars and half the butter in a double boiler or microwave.
4. In a medium bowl, mix the rest of the butter with the sugar until creamy.
5. Add baking soda. Mix.
6. Slowly add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
7. Alternately add the flour and buttermilk, stirring constantly.
8. Add nuts and fold them in.
9. Stir in the melted candy and butter.
10. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approximately 60 to 65 minutes.
11. Cool before serving.

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