"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man!
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with a B.
Put it in the oven for Baby and me."

All of us have recited this fun poem as we rhythmatically used our hands to pat our babies' tiny hands. If performed with enthusiasm, the end result produced a big smile and possibly a giggle or two.

Once a week, in the following year, I will bake a cake (pat-a-cake) using a different recipe, present a picture, the recipe and some comments, memories, or history pertaining to the finished product.

I am always glad to hear your remarks, suggestions or send along your favorite cake recipe.

"Let's Bake a Cake!"

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cake Recipe #4 - Candy Bar Poke Cake


This is definitely NOT a low calorie cake, but oh-so-good, you won't care about the fat content. A few simple additions to a pre-packaged cake mix makes a wonderful dessert.

Ingredients: 1 package yellow cake mix, 10 or more "fun size" Milky Way candy bars, divided use (I used the dark chocolate ones, of course), 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 12-ounce jar chocolate, caramel (or a mixture of the two) ice cream topping, 12-ounce container Cool Whip, thawed (or 1 cup whipping cream, whipped).

Instructions: Prepare and bake cake as instructed on the cake package, in a greased 9x13-inch pan. Chop the candy bars into small pieces; set aside.

When cake is done, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with half of the chopped candy bars. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.

Poke 20 or more holes in cake with end of a wooden spoon. Pour condensed milk over cake and cool for 10 more minutes.

Pour ice cream topping over cake and cool completely. Spread Cool Whip, or whipped cream over completely cooled cake, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chopped candy bars. Cover and refrigerate until ready to delight your guests (or just yourself).

*Note: Try this with other candy bars such as Snickers and sprinkling peanuts over top.

Serves 12-15.

I had cut this out of our local newspaper, "The Mercury News", but I don't have the date on it, only the person who shared it, Pat Gerard.

"Let's Bake a Cake!"

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