Friday, January 29, 2010

Two Simple Desserts

Jack and I made two simple desserts this week that are great for a weeknight treat. These are good for a weeknight because you probably have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry. I was feeling a little guilty for serving leftovers two days in a row this week so I thought I would make up for it by having something special for dessert.

The first recipe is one I had not tried before, but that I had seen many times in my cookbook and wanted to try. The reason I never made it until now is because it has coconut frosting and Josh claims that he doesn't like coconut. Well, I am glad I made it anyway because he loved it and said I should make it again!
Busy-Day Cake with Broiled Coconut Topping
Better Homes and Gardens
1 1/3 C. flour
2/3 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 C. milk
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 recipe Broiled Coconut Topping (see below)
Grease an 8in. round cake pan; set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flout, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat on low speed till combined. Beat on med. speed for 1 minute. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Spread Broiled Coconut Topping over warm cake. Broil about 4 inches from heat until golden (watch closely, this will go quickly). Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm.
Broiled Coconut Topping
Beat 1/4 C. packed brown sugar and 2 Tbsp. softened butter till combined. Stir in 1 Tbsp. milk. Stir in 1/2 C. flaked coconut and, if desired, 1/4 C. chopped nuts.

The second dessert is even easier than the first. I have made this one a few times because it makes just enough and satisfies my love of chocolate.
Brownie Pudding Cake
Better Homes and Gardens
As this homey dessert bakes, a layer of cake magically rises to the top, leaving a sauce underneath.
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 C. milk
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. chopped walnuts (optional, I have never used them)
1/3 C. sugar
3/4 C. boiling water
In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, the 1/4 C. sugar, 1 Tbsp. of the cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add milk, oil, and vanilla; stir till smooth. Stir in walnuts. Transfer batter to a 1-qt. casserole. Combine the remaining 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder and the 1/3 C. sugar. Gradually stir in boiling water. Pour evenly over batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 4 servings.


  1. Definitely going to try the coconut cake. Jeff claims he hates coconut too, but maybe he will give it a try. And I cannot believe how old Jack looks with his new haircut!

  2. I REALLY want that chocolate cake. Looks D-E-L-ICIOUS!.