Last night we had burgers, baked beans and chips. Not a very exciting meal, until we got to the dessert. Now, we don't have dessert every night, or even every week, but I wanted to do something different last night, and am I ever so glad I did!!!
I did my grocery shopping yesterday and they had fresh strawberries for $1.65 per pound box. I brought home two boxes. They also had cool whip on sale for $1 per 8 ounce carton. I came home with 4 cartons - 3 for the freezer, one for the here and now! I also had a $1.00 off coupon, so I got one, basically, for free!
When I got home I sliced the strawberries into a bowl with a little sugar, then I pulled out a box of Duncan Hines Butter Recipe Fudge cake mix, and mixed it up according to package directions - almost! The only changes were:
- I added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Vanilla doesn't make chocolate taste more vanilla, it makes it taste more chocolate! Or, it brings out the flavor that is already there.
- The box called for 3/4 cup of water, and I used 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of Kahlua. Kahlua is a coffee flavored liqueur, and it makes chocolate more chocolaty, and somehow adds moisture, but don't ask me how!
I baked 1/2 in a 9 inch round pan, the other half in muffin tins. I'll freeze the cupcakes for later use, but the one in the 9 inch pan will be eaten - quickly!
So, here's what you do to finish this wonderful treat:
Take a slice of the wonderful chocolate fudge cake, and put it on a pretty plate. In this case, my blue toile everyday dishes.
Place some of the strawberries on top and around the cake.
Drizzle a little bit of the juice from the strawberries all around, just for good measure.
Top the cake and strawberries with a generous,
and I mean GENEROUS! dollop of Cool Whip or your whipped topping of choice.
And then dig in! Enjoy every morsel because, I promise you, it is delicious to the very . . .
. . . last . . .
. . . bite!!!
Oh, and on the menu for dinner tonight . . .
Grilled Boneless Pork Loin Chops
Oven Roast Parmesan Potatoes
Grilled Fresh Asparagus and Zucchini
A Tall Glass of Sweet Iced Tea,
and you guessed it, more of this delicious, chocolaty twist on an old favorite
Blessings friends! Becky