Friday, August 17, 2007

Peppermint Pattie Cake

This is a cake that is made using a mix and is super easy! If you like Peppermint Patties- this is the cake for you!

1 package Betty Crocker SuperMoist triple chocolate fudge cake mix
1 ¼ cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

1 box (4 serving size) white chocolate instant pudding and pie filing mix (I use sugar free)
2 cups milk (I use skim or 2%)
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tub (12 oz) Betty Crocker whipped milk chocolate frosting
¾ cup coarsely chopped chocolate covered peppermint patties (I use a whole bag)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil, and eggs with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan. Bake for 32 to 37 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Poke top of warm cake every ½ with handle of wooden spoon.

In a medium bowl, beat pudding mix, milk, and ½ teaspoon peppermint extract with wire whisk about 1 minute- just until it begins to set. Immediately pour pudding evenly into holes in cake. Cover loosely and refrigerate about 2 hours or until chilled.

Stir ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract into frosting. Spread frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with peppermint patties. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Prep and Baking Time: 3 hours including baking and chilling time

TIP OF THE DAY: When cutting up candies that may be sticky- like peppermint patties- put them in the freezer for a few minutes (or the fridge overnight) and they will be much easier and much less messy to cut up. If you are still having trouble- sprinkle a little sugar on your cutting board. This makes it a snap!

Tomorrow's Daily Special: Hot Spicy Cole Slaw