Portillo’s Chocolate cake

Portillo’s Chocolate cake

From time to time, when I peruse chocolate cake recipes to bake, I come across the chocolate cake from Portillo’s in Chicago. It’s a restaurant known for Chicago style hot dogs, Italian beef and chocolate cake. The recipe I found on a couple different sites (including Hellman’s) uses a chocolate cake mix, eggs, water and mayonnaise (as opposed to vegetable oil). You could also add chocolate chips, but i forgot. I also went with a homemade chocolate frosting. It is 100 degrees in CT this weekend, so I kept the cake in the fridge. My hubby is not a cake person, but he loves himself some frosting and he was a fan of this frosting!

Check out the frosting!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix (i used devil’s food)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Spray 2 nine inch cake pans with baking spray. In a bowl, combine cake mix, water, eggs and mayo. Beat on medium speed with a mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add chips. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes in pans. Remove from pans and cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups baking cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract

Directions- combine ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Frost cake

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Oreo brownie cookies with chocolate ganache

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

A reminder to scoop your flour from your flour bag into you measuring cup. Also,form your dough into high mounds and chill these overnight. And,preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking so your oven cycles to the right temp for baking

Still trying to use up my extra large box of Oreos,so I decided to finely crush them up, toss them in my brownie mix cookies. Then frost them with chocolate ganache (a fancy name for melted chocolate) and top with more finely crushed Oreos. These came out a little flatter than I prefer, so I may add a little more flour and a tbs of cornstarch next time to see if that helps them stay puffier.

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  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbs water
  • 3 /4 cup finely crushed oreos

Directions – combine brownie mix, flour, vegetable oil, eggs, and water. Blend in crushed Oreos. Scoop out 1/4 cups of dpugh. chill at least a few hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool completley.

  • Ganache ingredients
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl,heat both types of chips for one minute. Set aside. In another microwave safe bowl, heat cream for one minute. Pour over chips, let set 10 minutes. Stir smooth. Frost completely cooled cookies. Top with crushed Oreos. Store in covered container.

I went a little crazy with the ganache!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with joy and love. Remember to be kind. We are all fighting a battle… Some are more difficult than others.

Chocolate chip sugar cookies stuffed with Oreos

An Oreo stuffed inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie

I have an abundance of Oreos so in an attempt to use them up, I decided to stuff them inside a chocolate chip sugar cookie. I used a Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix and added some chocolate chips. Then I stuffed an Oreo inside. And as soon as I took them out of the oven, I sprinkled them with powdered sugar. Feel free to use any cookie recipe (or mix).

  • Ingredients
  • 1 sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Oreos
Cookie monster at it again!

Directions – preheat oven to 375 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl, combine cookie mix, butter, water and egg. Mix well. Add chips. Scoop out 3 tbs of dough. Evenly form around an Oreo. Stagger on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking liners. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, until light golden on bottom. Immediately sprinkle with powdered sugar after removing from oven. Cool completely. Store in covered container.

Remember to be kind!

Black and White Brownie cookies (aka half moon cookies)

Black and white brownie/half moon cookies

I know the classic black and white, or half moon cookie, has a vanilla cookie base. But today, I decided to mix it up and go with a brownie base. I also decided to use my whoopie pie pans! Honestly, they are one of the baking tools I have, but rarely use. (Others include a churros maker and mini cake pop maker, both which operate like a foreman grill, and breadmaker).

Whoopie pie pan getting used for the first time in a long time

I used a mix for these, but you could probably use your favorite homemade recipe and add the flour and baking cocoa. Remember to scoop your flour from,you flour bag into your measuring cup and preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Also, if black and white cookies are not your thing, make whatever flavor filling you want and make whoopie pies.

  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie recipe, prepared
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

Directions – preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Spray a whoopie pie pan with baking spray, or line a cookie sheet with a nonstick baking liner. Combine your brownie recipe, along with flour and baking cocoa. Mixture will be thick. Scoop out 2 tbs dough and spread evenly in whoopie pie pan or to a 2 1/2 inch circle. Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Tops may seem undone, but that is ok. Cooking too long will dry them out. Let cool completely.

Chocolate frosting – in a microwave safe bowl, combine 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 4 1/2 tbs butter. Melt in 30 second increments until you can stir smooth. Flat side up, frost 1/2 of cookie. Let set 10 minutes.

Let the chocolate side set for 10 minutes

Vanilla frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbs corn syrup and 2-3 tbs heavy cream. Frost other side of cookie. Store in covered container.

The finished product

Thanks for stopping by today! If you make these, let me know how they turn out. Remember to be kind. We are all battling something. And don’t forget you matter and are loved!

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Chocolate chocolate chip cake

Chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting!

Today’s dessert from my chief recipe requester-taste tester, Rob, is a chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting. You can use any flavour chocolate cake mix (I used devil’s food today). Remember to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking.

Chocolate chips make everything better!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 3.4 oz instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt (or sour cream, fat free or lowfat is fine)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (or vanilla)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions – Preheat oven to 350 for 20 minutes. Spray a bunch pan with baking spray. Combine cake mix and pudding mix. Blend in yogurt, extract, eggs, oil and water. Fold in chips. Mixture will be thick. Spread evenly in pan. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool 15 minutes in pan. Invert onto cake plate. Cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 -2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Directions – blend cocoa, vanilla and butter. Mix in powdered sugar, then heavy cream. You can add more powdered sugar or heavy cream to get the consistency you want. Frost cake. Store in covered container.

Thanks for stopping by!

I appreciate you stopping by. If you make this cake, let me know how it turns out. And remember – be kind. We are all going through a lot, some more than others.

Brownie Cookies with Peanut butter chips

Few combos better than peanut butter and chocolate!

I wanted a 2nd type of cookie to bring into work tomorrow, in addition to my kluber chip cookies, and I wanted something easy, so I went with a brownie mix cookie. And I added peanut butter chips. Really super simple. And they don’t spread out at all. A reminder to spoon your flour from your container into your measuring cup, and, preheat your oven for 20 minutes before baking to get the right temp.

Look at all those chips!
  • Ingredients
  • 1 brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tbs water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking. Combine brownie mix, flour, egg, oil and water. Mix in chips. Scoop out 1/4 mounds of dough. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger dough on sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. (No longer. They will seem doughy, but will continue to cook on sheet after removed from oven. Don’t overbake. You don’t want burned bottoms). Store in covered container.

Hostess cupcake-like Whoopie pies

Hostess cupcake whoopie pies

Dear friends, I was a baking fiend today. I made a small yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my mother in law. Then, I made XL cupcakes with various frostings, and then, I made these hostess cupcake-like whoopie pies. And I used cake mixes for all of them! But the frosting, fillings and squiggles are all homemade. Rob wanted hostess cupcakes, but those are such a disaster for me, who can not decorate at all, I went whoopie pie instead. Still has the fluff filling, chocolate frosting and squiggle. I would say with less mess, but not really. I ended up with chocolate cake batter on the elbow of my Josh Allen Bills hoodie. Now, I am sitting on the deck with Gracie and Rob, still with chocolate on my elbow. Listening to the birds.. And I swear one sounds like he is singing “Derek Jeter”

A reminder to take your butter put an hour or so for the fluff filling and squiggle so it softens up. Also preheat your oven for 20 minutes for baking so you get the right temp.

  • Whoopie pie ingredients
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. combine ingredients and mix well. Dough is thick. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Scoop out either 1 1/2 tbs of dough or 3 tbs (I did both sizes). Stagger on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes for smaller cookies, 7 to 9 for larger ones. Cool completely.

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk

Directions – combine fluff and butter. Blend in powdered sugar. Add vanilla. If mixture is too thick, add a little milk.

  • Chocolate frosting ingredients
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 2 -3 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk

Directions – combine butter and cocoa. Add powdered sugar. Blend in enough milk to get the consistency you want.

  • Squiggle ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Milk

Directions – combine butter and powdered sugar. Add vanilla, then enough milk to get the consistency you want for your squiggle! Scoop into a sandwich baggie and cut out a small corner. Now put the whole thing together

Lay cookie flatside up
Cover with filling
Top with another cookie, flatside down
Frost
Add your squiggle, or in my case, a blob!

Store in covered container.

Remember to be kind because everyone is battling through something. Also know that you matter and you are loved.

Frosted Lemon Bars (made with a cake mix)

Frosted lemon bars

Today’s recipe is a change from my usual chocolate overload. Lemon bars. They are for our friend Marc, celebrating his birthday. They use a lemon cake mix and only a few other ingredients. You can use another flavor cake mix. if you want. If you do, use vanilla extract instead of lemon. I also opted for lemon frosting on top of the lemon bars. Again, if you opt for another flavor bar, vanilla frosting would be fine. Quick reminder to preheat your oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before baking So the oven is the right temp. If you think 2 tbs lemon juice in the frosting might be too tart, start with 1 and add 1 tbs water.

  • Lemon bar ingredients
  • 1 lemon cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup oil

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 min. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray. In a bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, lemon juice and oil. Spread evenly into pan. Bake 15 to 17 min (do not overbake). Cool completely.

Frosting – combine 2 cups powdered sugar amd 2 tbs lemon juice. (Add water, a tsp at a time,if you want to thin it out a bit.). Add yellow food coloring (optional). Frost bars. Store in covered container.

Have a good day and remember to be kind. We are all battling something each day.

Frosted Cake mix cookies with mini m&ms

Easy cake mix cookies!

I panicked at the thought of bringing 6 cupcakes into work tomorrow (although they are very large), so I decided,to add some cake mix cookies to bring in. I used a white cake mix for the cookies, topped them with white chocolate frosting, and I topped them with mini m&ms. They cookies are puffy and soft and I think you will really like them. You can try and different cake mix flavor if you want. You can also use semisweet or milk chocolate chips in the frosting if you prefer. Remember to scoop your flour from your flour container into your measuring cup so you get the correct amount, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes before you start baking, so the oven is the perfect temp. Also, I really piled on the frosting thick and still had a little left over. If you don’t want a ton of frosting on the cookies, you can halve the frosting recipe or save it to use on something else.☺

  • Cookies ingredients
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. In a bowl,combine cake mix, flour and cornstarch. Add egg whites, vanilla water and oil. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick baking liners. Stagger 1/4 cups of dough on the prepared sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. They will be lightly golden on the bottom. Cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions – in a microwave safe bowl, heat milk and white chips in 30 second increments until you cam stir it smooth. Add butter and vanilla. Blend in enough powdered sugar to get the consistency you want. Frost cookies and top with mini m&ms. Store in covered container.

Have a wonderful week! And remember to be kind!

Hostess cupcakes (complete with the squiggle!)

Hostess cupcakes with marshmallow fluff filling, chocolate frosting and a squiggle!

These dear friends are hostess cupcakes, complete with the fluff filling and magical squiggle. I made these using a chocolate cake mix, but I fancied it up a bit, using an instant pudding mix, fat free Greek yogurt, along with water, oil and eggs. If you don’t have Greek yogurt, you can always use sour cream. My squiggle isn’t so much a squiggle, but a blob of a line. ☺. You can use whatever cake flavor you want, but just use a corresponding flavor pudding mix. I used jumbo cupcake liners here too! a reminder to preheat your oven to 350 degrees before baking.

  • Cupcake ingredients
  • 1 cake mix
  • 3.4 oz instant pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Cupcake Directions – preheat oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Line a jumbo cupcake pan with jumbo cupcake liners. In a bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs and water. Blend in Greek yogurt, then chocolate chips. Scoop put 1/2 cups of batter into each cupcake liner. Bake 13 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely

  • Filling ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • Milk

Filling Directions – combine butter, fluff and powdered sugar. Add milk, a tsp at a time, if you want to thin it out a bit.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs milk

Frosting Directions – combine all ingredients

  • Squiggle ingredients
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-3 tsp milk

Squiggle Directions – blend well. Put in a small Ziploc baggie and cut off a small corner

Cut out a cone from the cup of each cupcake.

Set cone aside.

Fill the hole with fluff filling.

Replace cone, gently pushing in.

Frost.

Top with squiggle.

Store in covered container.