Foodie Friday: Birthday Pull Apart Cake


Sorry, this is a little late in the evening for a few of our readers. I was out celebrating my belated birthday with a few friends (who happen to be my childrens old ABA’s. Sad or awesome?). So, I am finally getting around to this post.

Last weekend was my birthday. No, I will not share my age. Age is just a number; no more. I was on Pinterest the previous Friday night when I ran across this pin, from Chef in Training

Cake Batter Pull Bread from ...This recipe is seriously SO good and extremely simple to make!


Awesome, huh? I decdied that Hubs needed to make this for me. And he did.



Did it look like the photo? Um, no! A profession chef made that and probably did some great food camera photo magic. Did I have to make my own birthday cake? NO, and that was the best part. However, the cake was undeniably delectable and the kids ate it.

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Cake Batter Pull Bread

Cake Batter Pull Bread from ...This recipe is seriously SO good and extremely simple to make!

  • Yield: 1 loaf

This recipe is so simple and rediculously delicious!


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  1. Slice bread to make 1/2-1 inch sections slicing almost all the way to the bottom of the loaf. Be careful not to cut too far or to cut through. I used a serrated knife and cut on inch slices all the way down the width way of the loaf. Then I used my kitchen sheers to snip the 1/2-1 inch sections on each row, just to avoid any of them tearing off. Place loaf on cookie sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, yellow cake mix and cinnamon. Stir to evenly mix together. Set aside.
  3. Evenly pour and distribute melted butter between each of the sections, making sure to get in-between each one. Trust me, you want the buttery goodness 🙂 If you need more butter, simply melt as much more as needed.
  4. Evenly sprinkle/pour sugar/cake mix mixture between each of the sections. Rub in to cover them if necessary. Be care not to tear any of the sections.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.
  6. While Cake Batter Pull Bread is baking, make the glaze. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Add more powdered sugar/milk as needed to reach desired consistency. Drizzle as much as desired over warm bread. Sprinkle with some added sprinkles if desired. Serve warm.


Foodie Friday…Cake in a Mug Gifts!

TGIF everybody!

Today’s post is a great recipe and a gift idea! I am not one to reinvent the wheel, so when I come across great ideas I try to use them.  That said, I try to give credit where credit is due.  I came across the following recipe/ gift idea at, which is a very cool website if you’ve never checked it out.  The original address for the project is here if you would like to see the original source.

I was trying to think of an inexpensive but thoughtful way to thank my son’s teacher, classroom aide, and therapists for all of their extra efforts helping him to have a successful transition to kindergarten.  These “cake-in-a-mug” treats were the answer!  I got the mugs at The Dollar Store, cello bags from the baking supply section at Walmart, and printed up the directions at home.  (Note:  This makes like 40 servings of cake, so maybe team up with some friends who are also interested in gift ideas, or use for a big function like a shower, or teacher appreciation)


-Box of any flavor cake mix (I used Dark Chocolate)

-Box of Angel Food cake mix

-cello bags with twist ties

-ribbon if desired

-coffee mugs (one per gift recipient)

-paper, supplies for printing or writing out the directions

In a large bowl, mix the two flavors of cake mix until they are well blended.

chocolate cake boxangel food cake box

cake mix in bowl

For each gift recipient, put 3 tablespoons of the blended mixture into a cello bag and twist tie it closed.  (3 T. equals 1 serving of cake.  I tried to fit 2 servings into one mug, but when I cooked it, it overflowed.  One serving for a standard mug size seems to work best)

cake in cello bags

Print directions for gift recipient on how to prepare their cake.  (This is called the 3-2-1 recipe because it uses 3 T. of cake mix, 2 T. of water, and is cooked in the microwave for 1 minute.  Cute, right?)  These can be typed or done by hand.  They could be hole-punched and tied to the gift with a pretty ribbon if you desire.  I just stuck mine in the mugs with the bags of cake mix.

cake in a mug directions

I added a little hand-written note to the bottom of the directions.

Here are my mugs when they were all done.  I like how the red, black, and orange kind of gave them a Fall, back-to-school feel.

finished cake mugs

Here is what the cakes like after they’re cooked in the mugs…

cake in mug

and once they’ve been tipped out on to a serving dish.  They are very hot when they first come out of the microwave.  Make sure to let them cool!

cake in bowl

My son loved his just plain, but I think a yummy topping like ice cream, fudge or Cool Whip would go a long way to make them even better.

Have a great weekend everyone!


pizza cake

Here is fun twist for a  birthday cake or a just fun dessert for family night!


-Box yellow cake mix (wet ingredients per package directions)

-red icing (I bought the red cookie icing that comes in a tube)

-shredded coconut

-red fruit roll-ups

-small circle to trace pepperoni shape onto fruit roll-ups (I actually used an upside-down shot glass!)

Bake the cake according to package directions.  I used 9″ round pans because they were perfect pizza size (most mixes will give you two 9″ cakes).  Once cake is completely cooled, trim the top off to make flat surface.  Smooth on red icing with a spatula leaving some “crust” uncovered all the way around the cake so it looks like pizza sauce.  Sprinkle on the shredded coconut for “cheese.”  Add toppings to finish off your pizza pie, we love pepperoni so we cut some circles out of red fruit roll-ups using an upside-down shot glass.  Your kids will flip when you serve them “pizza” for dessert!  Enjoy!

Soda Cake


A long time ago my husband went to bake me a cake. He called me asking if he add to use eggs. Eggs? Yes. I explained to him how eggs are in most of what he eats from bread to cookies. Reluctantly added eggs into the cake mix.

The next year the same question- “do I have to use eggs?” Surprisingly this year he had a different answer. Being the sweet amazing man he is; he broke down and called my friend. She was great and helpful and gave him a cake recipe that didn’t include eggs. So follows is the recipe he used every year to make cakes. Read slowly or you’ll miss it!

Soda Cake
1 box cake mix
1 can soda

Tada! No, really, I’m not kidding. You can basically mix any cake and any flavor soda. The rule we normally follow is match the color. So strawberry cake he uses Code Red Mountain Dew. Chocolate cake gets Dr. Pepper or Coke. White cake gets Spite. But the combination is up to you.

Chocolate minute mug cake

choclate cake mug with blog

Yummy recipe alert!

Who hasn’t had a day where all you want to do is unwind with some chocolate?  Or, maybe share a yummy chocolate treat with that someone special while you watch a movie?  Maybe you get a hankering for some chocolate cake but don’t want to make a whole one because then you will eat a whole one?  Here’s the solution!  A yummy chocolate cake recipe that you make in a coffee mug, in the microwave, with stuff you probably already have!  You’re welcome!


1 coffee mug

4 T. flour (not self-rising)

4 T. sugar

2 T. baking cocoa

1 egg

3 T. milk

3 T. oil

3 T. chocolate chips (optional)

small splash of vanilla

Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well.  Add egg and mix thoroughly.  Pour in milk and oil, mix well.  Add chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla, mix.  Put mug in the microwave and cook on high 3 minutes.  Cake will rise over the mug, don’t be alarmed!  Allow to cool, tip onto plate if desired.  Can serve two if you want to share 🙂