Butter Pecan Brick Cake (distant relative of the Earthquake Cake)

When I say cream cheese you say frosting. CREAM CHEESE. FROSTING. CREAM CHEESE. FROSTING. That is the cheer section that I had going in my head all day while working. (Hey – I get easily distracted when I have a food I want to make, ok!). All weekend I wanted to make an earthquake cake but between finishing a book, taking the little foster dog Lou Lou (photo below) to the vet and trying to get right and tight for a wedding I am in (~30 days) I did not have time to bake my cake.

Earthquake cake is staple at any church gathering, pot luck, baby shower or family celebration. I do not make mine the traditional chocolate cake way but instead with butter pecan cake. Removing the chocolate chips and throwing in some walnuts makes this cake one of a kind. I guess you could consider it a distant relative of the earthquake cake. Which is why I had to rename this cake! I went with butter pecan brick cake due to the brick of cream cheese!

Butter Pecan Brick Cake

1 box butter pecan cake mix

3 eggs

1 cup water

1/2 oil

2 handfuls of chopped pecans

2 handfuls of chopped walnuts

2 handfuls of shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup melted butter

3 cups of powdered sugar

1 brick of cream cheese, room temperature

Pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350

In a medium bowl, prepare the cake per instruction on the box (water, oil and eggs) – set aside for about 5 minute.

In a mixer (you can do this by hand too) add in your cream cheese and melted butter, letting it whip for 1-2 minutes until it is slightly creamy. Slowly add in your powdered sugar (cup by cup), vanilla and salt. Mix until fluffy!

Grab a 9×13 baking dish (can use 8×8 as well to make 2 cakes) and spray really well with non-stick spray. Sprinkle your pecans and walnuts evenly across the bottom of the tray then add your coconut. Once this is done, pour your cake batter over the nut mixture… then tap the pan on the counter to get any air bubbles out. Slowly add your cream cheese mixture on top (eyeball as much or as little that you would want on the cake) then evenly spread out on the cake mixture. If you want, you can mix up the cake and cream cheese mixture a bit too.

Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes. (Note: it will come out gooey on a toothpick due to the cream cheese.) Let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes before serving. Best served when slightly cooled but still warm! Melts in your mouth first to last bite.

So try it out – next time you get that cream cheese craving come back to my little ol’ blog and grab this recipe. xx 

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Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING, FINALLY!

Everybody waits around for summer to be here, from laying out by the pool to grilling with friends and family it is the perfect season in most peoples eyes. I agree that there are wonderful things about summer, but it is September-December that I look forward to because that means pumpkin flavoring takes over EVERYTHING.

I have always had a great love with pumpkin flavored things. We all start out loving pumpkin pie, but as we and our taste buds grow older we stumble upon new discovers mine happened while in college. Thee Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

My first run-in with this warm, rich pumpkin flavored drink happened one crisp fall day and I have never looked back. I thought to myself after the first sip ‘This could not be true that somebody was able to produce fall in a cup’ but it happened. I felt like I had discovered a secret world of obsessions that would be hard to escape…this thing had MEMEs and Tumbler pages for crying out loud. l was a fast moving ball of exploration, from there I had discovered coffee creamers, wine, and chapstick. All great. But this year I have noticed the pumpkin game has stepped up a few notches.

Bath and Body: They came out swinging- They have an ENTIRE collection of candles dedicated to the sweet smell of pumpkin. On top of that, the candles were released in August…AUGUST!

buy me all of these, please and thanks.

buy me all of these, please and thanks.

Dunkin Donuts and Tim Hortons: Giving the world one more thing to wake up for from pumpkin iced coffee to pumpkin cream cheese spread.

good morning, noon, or night.

good morning, noon, or night.

M&M, Oreos, Gum, Beer, Butter, Ice Cream I mean…it is as if all of my dreams are coming into full fruition. BUT is it all urban/social media legend? I hope that some sick person out there with killer photoshop skills is not putting false hope in this head of mine.

I'm just a girl...loving the pumpkin spice world.

I’m just a girl…loving the pumpkin spice world.

Some may say this is a white girl problem, but I say it is an every girl problem, and its not even a problem really…more like a way of life that not every agrees with. Guys will never understand the obsession nor do they have to- they just have to go with it, or die.

The mayhem grows every year and I am right there to support it in my black leggings, knee high ‘riding boots’, a flannel, and puffer vest on.