Happy Birthday Katroo Cake Recipe

“Today is your birthday! Today you are you!…There is no one alive that is you-er than you!” from the Dr. Seuss book Happy Birthday to You! 

Here is the perfect cake to honor Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s (aka Dr. Seuss) birthday.

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Rocky Road Fudge

Rocky Road fudge
Photo by Leigh Anne  of Your Homebased Mom blog

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz pkg. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks or cubes)
  • 4 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C evaporated milk
  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 2 C nuts, optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Bag of miniature marshmallows, frozen–cover the bottom of a large cookie sheet and freeze
  2. You will probably use about 2/3 of a 1 lb. bag of miniature marshmallow
  3. Mix together sugar, milk and 20 lg. marshmallows and boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly
  4. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and butter
  5. Stir until thick, add nuts and let sit awhile to thicken up a bit, add vanilla and frozen marshmallows
  6. If not adding nuts you may want more marshmallows
  7. Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan

Rocky Road Fudge – 2 Recipes

Ingredients: 

  • 12 oz. pkg. or 2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1 c. crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/2 c. miniature marshmallows

Directions:  Grease 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 9″ metal baking pan and line with plastic wrap.  Set aside.   In a 4 qt. saucepan, combine the chocolate and butterscotch chips, peanut butter, and butter. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or just until ingredients are melted, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.

Stir marshmallows into the fudge mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.  Cut into pieces and keep in an airtight container until serving time.

Yield: 36 pieces

Calories: 140 per serving

 

Rocky Road Fudge

This divine fudge is easy to make

Super-Easy Rocky Road Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil; grease lightly.
  2. MICROWAVE morsels and sweetened condensed milk in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Fold in marshmallows and nuts.
  3. PRESS mixture into prepared baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into pieces.

Yield: 48 Pieces

Calories: 100 per serving

Hot Chocolate Mix

Yield:  One batch makes Four 6-oz. servings of hot chocolate.

hot chocolate
Enjoy a cup of delicious-ness!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz.  pkg. (Eight 1-ounce squares) semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Directions:  Finely chop the chocolate squares with a sharp knife.  Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl.

If giving as a gift, spoon the mixture into 2 sandwich-size zipper-closing bags and include directions on a card in each bag.

 

Hot Chocolate Mix Directions: 

To prepare 1 serving: Place 1/4 c. hot chocolate mix and 2/3 c. milk in a small saucepan.   Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted.

Cherry Cola Cake

Grab a Cherry Cola and whip up this delicious chocolate cake from this Taste of Home© recipe.

Yield: 12 servings

Cherry Cola Cake
Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cherry-flavored cola
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

FROSTING:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 2 tablespoons frozen cherry-pomegranate juice concentrate, thawed
  • Fresh sweet cherries with stems

Cherry ColaDirections:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper. Divide marshmallows between pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and baking soda. In a small saucepan, combine butter, cola and cocoa; bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until blended; add to flour mixture, whisking constantly. Pour into prepared pans, dividing batter evenly. (Marshmallows will float to the top.)
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.

Frosting Directions:

  1.  In a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme and juice concentrate on low speed just until blended.
  2. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread top with 1 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread with remaining frosting. Decorate with cherries.

Tip: To frost sides as well as top of cake, double amounts for frosting.

 
Originally published as Cherry Cola Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Vanilla-Fudge Marble Cake

Vanilla-Fudge Marble Cake
 Photo by A. Jones

Yield: 12 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 c. sifted flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c. buttermilk
  • 2/3 c. chocolate-flavored syrup
  • Semisweet Chocolate Icing

Semisweet Chocolate Icing: In small saucepan heat 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces, 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla over low heat, stirring until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.  Use immediately.

Slice of Vanilla-Fudge Marble Cake
Best of Both: Vanilla and Chocolate            Photo by A. Jones

Directions:

  1. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat margarine or butter on low to medium speed with an electric mixer about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low to medium speed 1 minute after each addition and scraping bowl frequently. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to beaten mixture, beating at a low speed after each addition just until combined. Reserve 2 cups batter.  Turn remaining batter into prepared pan.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine chocolate-flavored syrup and reserved 2 cups batter.  Beat at a low speed until well combined.  Pour chocolate batter over vanilla batter in pan.  Do NOT Mix.
  4. Bake 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.  Drizzle cake with Semisweet Chocolate Icing.
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens™websiteBetter Homes and Gardens Cooking for Today, Cakes