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Jessica Bakes a Cake. (Yes, this really happened.)

18 Jun

Ok, so here is Pinterest recipe attempt number two.  This weekend I decided to make a Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake.

First, I never really baked a cake before.  This one was still out of a box, but I still think that counts.  I did actually make the icing so I guess that is also a step in the right direction.  Second, my pics are still crappy because I was too lazy to use my good camera.

As always….here is what the cake is “supposed” to look like 🙂

(Recipe from easybaked.net)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
  • 8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
  • 1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
  • Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
  • 2cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
  • Fresh strawberries to garnish.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed.  Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.

What a surprise! I do not own a cooling rack. This is how they cooled and it was perfectly fine.

  • Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
  • Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth.  Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
  • Cut each cake layer in half.
  • Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake.  End with layer of filling.
  • Top with sliced strawberries.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled.

I did a couple things differently.  I used pink lemonade mix for the icing.  I guess people went crazy for some lemonade Kool-Aid this weekend because there was absolutely NONE at the store.  I did not use yellow food coloring because the pink lemonade obviously turned the icing pink and I thought adding yellow to that would be a little odd.  Also,  I did not cut each layer in half for two reasons: 1. Because I’m a spaz.  and 2. Because I was advised by several people that since I am not an experienced cake baker I should probably hold off on that for a little while.  Overall, the cake was very good.  It is very refreshing and light.  It would be something good to bring to a BBQ or just for a yummy treat on a hot summer day.  It was very “lemony”.  I LOVEEE me some lemon so I didn’t mind.  But for people who aren’t into lemon that much I would recommend using less lemonade mix…maybe half a packet.  So….here is the end result!  Not so bad if I do say so myself 🙂

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Maui’s Dog House- Wildwood, NJ

7 Jun

I’m not usually a big fan of hot dogs, but the hot dogs at Maui’s Dog House in Wildwood, NJ were definitely amazing.  I heard about this place on one of my all-time favorite TV shows…Diner’s, Drive-ins, and Dives.  Guy Fieri is my hero.  I can go on all day how much I love Guy Fieri, but enough about that let’s talk about these hot dogs.

Maui’s Hot Dogs features 23 different gourmet hot dogs.  It was a tough decision due to the fact that every hot dog on their menu sounds amazing, but I decided to go for the “Smokin’ Cheesy Drunk” which is a traditional German frank, spicy mustard, beer soaked sour kraut, cheddar cheese, and bacon.  The hot dog even comes served in a dog bowl.  It was delicious!

Some of the other hot dogs I would like to try on future trips (or all in one shot lol) to Maui’s are:

The “Soprano”– Traditional German frank, baby spinach sauteed with garlic and white wine, topped with extra sharp provolone cheese.

Forget- About- It– Traditional German frank, spicy ground beef chili, raw onion, spicy mustard, globs of cheese, and freshly cooked bacon.

Horsey In Chicago- Traditional German frank, Horsey Mustard, Raw Onions, Pickles, Hot peppers, Tomatoes, and Celery Salt.

And of course your meal is not complete without a side of “Salty Balls”, which are fresh small potatoes cooked in a brine of salt and spices, served with melted butter.  I almost enjoyed these more than the hot dog.  Almost….

So, if you are planning a trip down the Jersey Shore, I would highly recommend making a stop at Maui’s Hot Dogs.  You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know who this guy is. Thought he was the owner but apparently he just works there. Still a cool guy though 🙂

I Effing Love S’mores

6 Jun

Today, I would like to discuss the awesomeness of S’mores.  Who DOESN’T like S’mores?!  If I could meet one person in the entire world, it would be whoever thought of taking graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and melting them together to create the most amazing snack/dessert of all time.  Whether they are roasted over a campfire or simply melted in the microwave,  I could eat endless amounts of S’mores per day and never get sick of them.  I firmly believe that the person that came up with this concept is a genius.

On a slightly different note:  I am very disappointed in “Hershey” for discontinuing the best chocolate bar they ever made.  Although it was discontinued several years ago, I am still deeply saddened by it’s disappearance.  RIP Hershey’s S’mores Bar…