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  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 12:51 pm on April 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dessert, ,   

    Homemade Vanilla Pudding 

    I was reading a post on a blog of a friend of mine over at http://thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/ . She made some homemade chocolate pudding that had me drooling. However I am allergic to chocolate in a big way so I told her I would endeavor to make some awesome vanilla pudding from scratch. Well today I jumped on board and made some. I found the pudding to be a little bit sweet for my liking so next time I will cut the sugar by 1/3 to 1/2 and see if it comes out better. All in all the recipe was very well written and you can find it here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Homemade-Vanilla-Pudding/Detail.aspx

    Here are the pictures and the recipe. I hope you will try this and take a quick look at Tina’s 30 bucks a week chocolate pudding. http://thirtyaweek.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/chocolate-pudding/

    Homemade Vanilla Pudding

    2 cups of Milk
    1/2 cup white sugar (you can reduce this for less sweetness)
    3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
    1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract (reduce to 3/4 tsp)
    1 Tablespoon butter

    In a sauce pan over medium heat, heat the milk and butter till small bubbles form on edge of pan.

    In a bowl combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Pour into hot milk while stirring to dissolve the mixture. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back if a metal spoon.

    Do not let the mixture boil, but remove it from the heat quickly. Stir in vanilla and pour into serving dishes. Chill before eating but do taste the spoon, I guarantee you will love it.

    Thanks Tina for a wonderful idea for keeping the cost down on such warming comfort foods.

  • Delightful Dishes by Donna 2:52 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cake, Dessert,   

    Margarita Cake 

    amargarita cake

    My daughter and I came up with this cake and served it for a large group we cook for. They all loved it and I can’t wait to make this again!

    Margarita Cake

    1 Box Yellow or Lemon Cake Mix

    1 3.9 oz. Pkg Lemon Pudding Mix

    3 Eggs, Lightly Beaten

    1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

    1 1/4 Cups Jose Cuervo’s Margarita Mix


    1/3 cup Fresh Lime Juice

    1/3 Cup White Sugar

    Preheat oven to 350*F.Lightly grease and flour a 13×9 inch baking pan. In a mixing bowl add the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, and Margarita mix, beating on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350*F for 30-40 minutes. Cake should spring back when lightly touched. Cool cake completely before frosting it.

    In a sauce pan on medium heat, dissolve lime juice and sugar. After the cake has cooled for 10 minutes, use a straw or the end of a wooden spoon to poke small holes in  the cake. Pour sugar lime syrup over cake and allow cake to absorb the syrup. Chill the cake while you make the frosting.

    Margarita Whipped Cream Icing

    8 oz Container Cool Whip or Lite Cool Whip

    1 3.9 oz. Pkg. Lemon Instant Pudding Mix

    1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

    1/2 Cup Fresh Lime Juice* (juice of 3- 5 limes)

    1/2 Cup Milk

    (*or a combo of Margarita Mix and Fresh Lime Juice to equal 1/2 cup)

    Grated Fresh Lime Peel for Garnish

    Beat pudding, powdered sugar, lime juice with a wire whip, then stir in milk. Gently fold in cool whip. Frost the cooled  cake as usual. This frosting can be made up to 2 days ahead and then frost cake. You may also choose to serve the cake with the frosting on the side.

    Note: Do not use bottled Lime Juice since it has more acid.

    Note: Be sure the cake is completely cooled before frosting

    • cooksalliance 12:09 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I no longer use the crust and I don’t have an updated picture. This cake is soft and moist and the last time I made it I deleted the crust and everyone was eating this like it was their last dessert! I hope you get a chance to make it. I am getting lots of requests for it once again! Enjoy!

    • Renee 9:25 am on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Margarita Cake looks wonderfully refreshing. But what is on the botton/crust? Doesn’t look like this part of the recipe is mentioned at all in the recipe.

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