Monday 25 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Kitty Litter Cake

Well, here we are – the final recipe in my month-long Caker Cooking reader bonanza and it seems only fitting to end things with a bang. Or is that a plop?

Believe me, when it comes to caker food, I’ve seen my fair share of train wrecks. But when Kim sent me this recipe for Kitty Litter Cake, well, let's just say the ol' caker elevator managed to go a floor down.

Have you ever seen Tootsie Rolls used in such an imaginative way? The care and attention to detail in this cake is inspiring. My only question is – who would think of this? I mean, what kind of person says, "I want to make a cake that looks like it's made with cat poop?"

On second thought, maybe it's better we not know.

Anyways, thanks to Kim and to all the readers whose recipes I featured this month. If I didn’t post your recipe, fear not. There's still a chance I'll post it in the weeks ahead. Remember – keep those recipes coming by emailing me at cakercooking at gmail dot com.

In the meantime, scoop yourself up some Kitty Litter Cake – and watch for hairballs.

1 package German chocolate cake mix
1 package white cake mix
2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
1 package vanilla sandwich cookies
3 drops green food coloring
1 package Tootsie Rolls

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions (any size pan).
Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy. Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. (See note.) Put cake mixture into box. Put half of the unwrapped Tootsie Rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the Tootsie Rolls slightly. Bury Tootsie Rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top. Heat 3 or 4 of the Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining Tootsie Rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining Tootsie Roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.

Note: Oh, god. I just couldn’t do the litter box and the scooper. I just couldn’t.

Source: Kim via All Recipes

Friday 22 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Hot, Hearty Golden Puff

Can we be frank(furter) here for a minute? Every time I buy Velveeta, my heart gets ripped apart. Not because of the taste, but because of the cost. It’s eight cock-a-doodle dollars! Why is non-cheese eight dollars?!?

Anyways, here’s a recipe that Caker Cooking reader, Bob, sent in a while back that, until recently, I never had the money time to make. Can I remind you how much cakers love their saltine crackers? They're like communion wafers for us. Why, we even created Tupperware containers to house them.

While Hot, Hearty, Golden Puff (I prefer to call it "Cracker Casserole") may seem off-putting, essentially you’re looking at a cheese strata. (Only without the real cheese and, well, the strata.) I appreciate the fact that the advertisement below claims it’s “full of nutrition" but if it wasn't for that parsley sprig on top, could they still make that claim?

In any case, I enjoyed it, even if my wallet didn’t. Suffice to say, that's the last time I spend ten dollars on dinner.

Thanks, Bob!

Cover the bottom of a 12” x 8” baking dish with half a “stack pack” of crisp Premium Crackers. Cover the crackers with ¾ lb. of sliced Kraft Velveeta Cheese. Top with 2 tbsp. chopped onions and the remaining crackers. Over this pour a mixture of: 4 beaten eggs, 2 ½ cups milk, ½ tsp. dry mustard, dash of pepper. Set the casserole aside for one hour; then pop it into a 325° oven for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika and serve at once.

Source: Bob via Velveeta

Monday 18 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Richard O’Sullivan’s Horse Noodles

There’s a lot British people have given us, including the monarchy (I’m not sure whose faces cakers would put on their tea towels otherwise), Marks and Spencer shrimp chips and the sophisticated comedy of Benny Hill.

Speaking of sophisticated, here’s a recipe from UK reader, Jenny, the creator of Silver Screen Suppers, a blog devoted to recipes of the stars, including Vincent Price, Zsa Zsa Gabour, Joan Crawford and many others. When Jenny sent me this recipe for Richard O’Sullivan’s Horse Noodles, I was a little alarmed. I mean, horse meat is expensive. But it turns out there’s no horse. Only horseradish. 

Of all the recipes at his disposal, I’m not sure why Richard chose this one. The dish was okay, but it didn’t put the chime in my Big Ben, if you catch my drift. And the melted cheese left a crust in my saucepan – on top of the crust that was already there.  

But I’m not getting my knickers in a twist. It’s only a laugh, init? The British are the dog’s bollocks in my books. 

Thanks, Jenny!

Boil up a saucepan of water, add a ½ teaspoon of salt. Gradually stir in 3 oz (75g) of noodles. Bring it back to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain off the water, and stir in any scraps of cooked meat you have (or fried-up bits of bacon). Add half a tin of condensed soup… celery, tomato, whatever you fancy, and 2 oz (50g) grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and stir in a ½ tablespoonful of horseradish sauce. Reheat the lot in the saucepan for about 10 minutes and serve. Sensational!

About Richard (in Jenny's words): 
Richard was a star of 1970s TV in the UK and is probably best known for Man About the House where he starred as a chef who lived with two dolly birds. (Editor's note: What the heck is a "dolly bird?")

Here's a snippet of show.

Source: Jenny via Richard O’Sullivan's book, Man About the Kitchen

Friday 15 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Low-Cal Cobbler

I don’t know about you, but around this time of the year, the ol' denim jumpsuit starts getting a little tight. I suppose I could blame the panzerottis or the leftover fruitcake or the box of Pot of Gold I consumed the other night during a Golden Girls marathon. But I prefer to think it’s my body’s way of saying, “You need to keep warm.” And why fight nature?

Having said that, it’s always good to cut back a little. So when Caker Cooking reader, Cheryl, sent me this recipe that her cousin posted on Facebook, I figured the timing couldn’t be better. A low-calorie treat that tastes delicious? Colour me Jenny Craig.

Admittedly, it’s a little weird to be pouring Diet 7-Up over cake mix, but keep in mind where you’re reading this recipe. Besides, it’s DIET 7-Up, people! As to how it tasted, well, I ate the whole pan. Guess it's time to start wrapping myself in Saran Wrap.

Thanks, Cheryl!

Two 12-oz bags frozen mixed berries (See note)
1 box white cake mix (no pudding)
1 can of diet 7-up or sierra mist (clear soda)

Place frozen fruit in a 9x13 baking dish. Add dry cake mix over the top. Pour soda slowly over cake mix. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the pop - this will give you a “crust.” If you stir the two, you will have a cake-like topping.

Bake 350 for 45-50 min.

Serves 16, 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

Note: Or a 600 gram bag.

Source: Cheryl via Facebook via Cheryl's cousin

Monday 11 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Mademoiselle Cleghorn's Stewing Beef Casserole

We’re into week two of my month-long Caker Cooking reader bonanza and today, we travel to Quebec!

Although I try to be inclusive, there are some provinces that are caker underrepresented on this blog, Quebec being one of them. So I was as happy as Bonhomme when reader Carolyn sent me this recipe. Carolyn’s mom used to be a visiting nurse and was given this recipe by one of her patients. It became known in Carolyn's house as "Mademoiselle Cleghorn's Stewing Beef Casserole." (Can’t you just picture the pom poms on this woman's mules?)

As an added bonus, this recipe calls for golden mushroom soup, not cream of mushroom soup. The difference between the two is that golden mushroom is made from beef stock. It isn’t as easy to find as its grey cousin, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Just look for the glow coming from the canned soup aisle.

Speaking of glows, Mademoiselle Cleghorn's Stewing Beef Casserole warmed me right up. Chock full of tender beef and canned mushrooms, it's perfect for those nights when all you want to do is kick up your mules and listen to Mitsou.

Thanks, Carolyn!

3 lbs of stewing beef
1 package of onion soup mix
1 tin of golden mushroom soup
1 tin of button mushrooms
1/2 cup sherry (See note)
No salt or pepper

Oven 325 for 3 hrs.

Note: Cakers are often named Sherry, but they rarely cook with it. If you’ve got some, great. If not, you could probably substitute with some other kind of booze. Just not Blue Curacao.

Source: Carolyn via Carolyn's mom via Mademoiselle Cleghorn

Saturday 9 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Mexican Hat

Reader month continues with a traditional Mexican treat!

Cakers love anything Mexican. I’m talking Taco Bell sauce (mild, of course), Kahlua and piƱatas. Which reminds me – don’t drink a bottle of Kahlua and then try to hit something with a baseball bat while blindfolded. I’m speaking from experience.

When Caker Cooking reader, Mattel 1974, sent me this recipe (if you can call it a recipe; it’s more of an “assembly of ingredients,” but that’s true of all caker food) I knew I had to share it with the world. Turns out Mattel 1974 used to work at a restaurant called The Jolly Miller and Mexican Hat was a favourite dessert of the senior men who ate there. (I have a feeling rice pudding was a close second.)

When I was growing up, we couldn’t afford real chocolate sauce. I had to improvise with hot chocolate powder and water. I still can’t afford real chocolate sauce, so I did the same thing here. It’s just as good – provided you don’t mind the grit. As to how it tasted, well, you could put sprinkles on the phone book and I’d eat it. Enough said.

Mattel 1974, as they say in Mexico, “nachos gracious” for the recipe. I tip my (Mexican) hat to you.

Take a stale cake donut. Put a scoop of ice cream in the hole. Pour some chocolate sauce over top. Add sprinkles. Invite an elderly man over.

Source: The Jolly Miller via Mattel 1974

Sunday 3 February 2013

Reader Recipe: Baked Frankfurters

This month, I’m spreading the caker love. Throughout February, every recipe will come from Caker Cooking readers. It’s my way of saying “thank you." I sincerely mean that to both of you. Your enthusiasm and support make the cholesterol, edema and irregular heartbeats worthwhile.

Speaking of heartbeats, nothing gets one racing more than a hot wiener, especially when it's rolled in cornflakes. This recipe comes from Eartha, who discovered the cookbook, Cooking with Love and Cereal, at a thrift store of all places! Eartha said she was drawn to it because of the glamorous photo on the cover, although I think the poor girl looks like she's in pain. (Apparently, the girl was the taste tester, so that explains things.)

I didn't have the highest expectations for these, but I'm here to tell you that Baked Frankfurters are surprisingly delicious. They taste kinda like pogo dogs which means you can get your carny fix in the off-season. I'm still a little confused, though. Are Baked Frankfurters an appetizer? A main course for cakers who live next to railroad tracks? A late night snack that gets washed down with a Coke Slurpee and tears? Who cares? It’s up to you! Remember: the best wieners are the ones with flexibility.

Check out Eartha's own blog, Ranch Dressing with Eartha Kitsch.

Thanks, Eartha!

10 frankfurters
1/2 cup catsup
2 cups crushed cornflakes crushed into 1/2 cup of crumbs

1. Dip frankfurters in catsup.
2. Roll in cereal.
3. Put in greased or foil lined, shallow pan.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes, until hot and crisp
5. Serve with catsup and mustard, if desired. Serves 5!

Variation: Substitute ½ cup mustard or mixture of 1/4 cup catsup and 1/4 cup mustard for the catsup in step #1.

Source: Cooking with Love & Cereal

Saturday 2 February 2013

February is Reader Month

Seeing as how February is the month for love (well, for some people), I thought it only fitting to spread some love to Caker Cooking readers.

Throughout February, I'll feature caker recipes that readers have sent me. That's right  you could find your dish on Caker Cooking! Can you think of anything more thrilling?

Wait. Don't answer that.

I gotta go open some cans now. See you Monday.