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Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake …..

Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake …..

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I just cannot believe I have been blogging for last 2 yrs . Two years ago today I posted my first blog post. It was scary and exciting and honestly I had no idea what would come of it..

I think the biggest lesson I learned from this experience is that you can get better at anything. I’m a much better at taking pictures and a writer now than I was 2 years back but still have a lot of room to grow. I can’t thank my friends and readers enough for their support. I really appreciate each and every reader and their comments and encouragement helps me keep blogging.

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What better way for a chocoholic like me but to celebrate with a exquisite rich chocolate cherry bundt cake complete with rich chocolate glaze

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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pure cocoa
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter ,melted
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

Method
1. Preheat the oven at 350*F
2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar. Mix well with whisk.
3. Add eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and cherry pie filling mixing well each time with a spoon.
4. Pour into a well sprayed bundt pan or any pan of your choice
5. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes until center is cooked.
6. Let cake cool before taking it out from the pan.

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FOR THE CHOCOLATE GLAZE
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine sugar, cream and butter in pan on top of stove.
  2. Bring to boil and cook for a minute.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and chocolate chips.
  4. Stir with spoon or whisk until chips are melted.
  5. Put this glaze in a small pitcher and drizzle over bundt cake
  6. Decorate with a few cut up cherries on top ( optional )
  7. If frosting becomes too thick add a little milk and heat about 15 seconds in microwave.

NOTE
You can even use market bought chocolate cake mix along with a can of cherry pie filling to make the bundt cake , just follow the instruction in the back . Once the cake cools down glaze the cake …

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Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

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Chocolate Chip S’more Dip… Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner ..
Have you Got your game face on to host a Super Bowl party for die-hard fans; and those there just for the ads ??

This time I am bringing something sweet to the super bowl potluck table which will please both the kids and adults alike ..This Chocolate Chip S’more Dip is divine, smooth and creamy and the best part Is you can whip it out on a short notice. It only takes under 30 minutes to whip this up and people love the gooey, chocolatey, marshmallow taste.

Bringing this dip  for Sonal’s Super Bowl Collective Post ….

lets get down to the recipe without wasting anymore time ..

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Chocolate Chip S’more Dip

Serves 8-10 y

Ingredients
1 , 8 ounce block of cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of softer butter (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup small Marshmallows ( optional )

Preparation

  1. Mix together cream cheese, butter, powder sugar, vanilla and brown sugar with an electric mixer.

2.   Stir in chocolate chips.

3.Next arrange marshmallows on top of the dip and char them a       little with the help of a torch .. ( The dip tastes divine even without the Marshmallows )

Serve with animal crackers Nilla ,graham cracker ! tea biscuits, or other cookies to scoop up this delicious dip.

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I am bringing this dip to Fiesta Friday Which is co-hosted by Little Sweet Baker and Foodie On Board.

Holiday Mint Fudge …

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On the 9th Day of my Bakes and treats Marathon, I bring to you Mint Chocolate Chips Fudge . I make this fudge year-round, but especially at Christmastime as its festive … I especially love this recipe because it is so easy to make and yet it always gets lots of compliments when people see the chocolate chips and when they taste them…

For this festive fudge we will be needing :

3 cups white chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1tsp mint extract ( i like it mild , you can add more if you like stronger mint flavor )
green food coloring
1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided ( I used some mint chocolate chips too on the top )

Method :

Line an 8×8 square pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and stir until it’s all melted and smooth.
Once completely , Add mint extract and food coloring to desired color.
let cool for a few minutes then fold in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
Press fudge into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining mini chocolate chips on top and gently press into fudge.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours to set before cutting into squares.
Store in an airtight container…

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Foolproof Holiday Peppermint Fudge …..

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Fudge is a Western confectionery, which is usually soft, sweet, and rich. It is made by mixing sugar , butter and milk and heating it to the soft stage at 240 *F/116 *F, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.

The most popular fudge flavor is chocolate .
Fudge can be made plain or it may contain walnuts, almonds, pistachios or pecans, mini-marshmallows, raisins, dried red tart cherries or other dried fruit and orange peel. Fudge can be flavored too with extracts such as mint, lemon and orange.

Today I bring to you one of my all time favorite easy to make 5 mins Chocolate fudge with candy cane topping …

Total Time: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 5 min
Inactive: 2 hr
Cooking time : 5 min
Yield: Around 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients :

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1tsp vanilla extract OR mint extract if you like stronger mint flavor Cooking spray, for spraying the foil OR wax paper..

Handful crushed Candy Canes or peppermint candies of your choice for topping..

Directions:

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with Wax Paper Or foil paper . If using foil then spray the foil with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and stir until it’s all melted and smooth.
Pour it into the prepared pan and spread to even out the surface. Sprinkle the crushed candies on top .
Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set .

Lift the foil out of the pan and peel it off the fudge. Cut into small squares.

MICROWAVE METHOD :

COMBINE chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk in 1-quart glass measure. Cook on HIGH (100% power) 3 minutes ( 1 min at a time and stirring in between ) or until chips are melted.
Pour it into the prepared pan and spread to even out the surface. Sprinkle the crushed candies on top .
Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set .

Lift the foil out of the pan and peel it off the fudge. Cut into small squares.

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