Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Friend's & Family Series: Tara's Kahlua Cake

Hi guys!  I'm on vacation right now so I've asked my friend's and family to step in while I'm away!  Each day that I am gone, I will be sharing a recipe from one of my friends or family members.  I started this project with no clear goals, I was just hoping to fill a few of the recipe gaps while I was away.  I received an overwhelming response from everyone, and I am truly honoured and excited to be able to share with you so many great recipes made by so many of my favourite people!  Please enjoy their recipes and be sure to leave them comments at the end of their posts!  

Tara is a friend of mine that shares a mutual love for cooking.   She has a family of 6 so she's always cooking or baking up a storm for her large family!  Every year she bakes the award winning gingerbread house at our local Festival of Trees during the Christmas season (seriously, they are amazing, she even had a mobile ice rink built into it one year!).  We first met back when we worked together at our local movie store (what a fun job that was!).  She always made work a blast, and if I could work with her again, I totally would!  Today she is sharing her husband's favourite recipe of hers which happens to be Kahlua cake.  After reading her recipe and checking out her photos I can totally see why he loves it so much!  

1devils food cake mix
1 small pkg of vanilla instant pudding
1 cup sour cream
1/2 sup oil
4 slightly beaten eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips 
1 can Duncan Heinz  French vanilla icing
1/2 cup Kahlua

Combine cake mix and  vanilla pudding mix together dry. Add in the sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, water and beat all together until smooth and fluffy.

Then in a separate bowl, dust chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. of flour. ( this will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the pan)
Fold the chocolate chips in gently to the cake batter.

Flour and oil a bunt pan.

Pour batter into bunt pan and then bake at 325 for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean
When the cake is done let it cool for 10 minutes, Then generously pour and brush Kahlua all over the entire cake. Let it soak in :)

Leave the cake to sit and when it doesn't look so wet apply the icing to the cake. 
To garnish you can shave some semi sweet chocolate and sprinkle over the entire cake. 

This is my husbands favorite cake!! He asks for it every birthday. Normally I make everything from scratch and never use a cake in a box or store bought icing but for this cake I make the exception. This cake is super easy to make and very moist. Still yet to find one person who doesn't like it as much as we do. I even have a friend who doesn't care for cake much and he loves it as well. My husband loves it so much he actually cut a pice of it and sat beside my mother eating it... the funny part was it was my moms birthday cake and we hadent even given it to her yet. We all looked at him like what are you doing?? He then realized what he did and all he could say was "Well I had to make sure it was safe to eat" hahaha 
The recipe  was given to me by his aunt.  so I am not sure where she got it from. I tried to look up the recipe but they are all different then this one, so I am assuming it has been changed to suit. 

The first picture is after the cake was soaked with Kahlua and the other was when complete. I wasn't going to do this as my recipe but after the fact Clinton said I should so I apoligize for the crummy pictures... hope you have a wonderful holiday :)

Tara Wilson 

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