Maraschino Cherry Cake

Isn’t that the prettiest pink cake?

I’m not known for beautiful cakes.  They usually turn out lopsided with crumbs in the frosting.  So I’m really happy with how this turned out.

The idea is not my own.  I saw the Cherry Vanilla Cake on Jam Hands and couldn’t resist trying it.  I altered Ali’s recipe in several ways.  She used the seeds of a vanilla bean, which sounds scrumptious, but I didn’t have any.  I swapped water for milk and butter for oil.

And I decided to frost it with whipped topping.  My original plan was to use Cool Whip, but then I remembered a recipe shared a few weeks ago on Ingredient Spotlight for homemade whipped topping.  That’s what I decided to try and I’ll share the recipe on on Thursday. [Read more...]

Banana Split Dessert

banana split dessert done

Last weekend we celebrated my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in Gatlinburg, TN.  All of their children and grandchildren came together in a cabin to play games, watch home movies, take photos and eat.  This is one of the desserts we had.

I had never noticed this recipe before, but found it in two of my cookbooks while searching dessert recipes.  Later that same day, I saw the recipe posted on a message board.  I altered all 3 of the recipes to come up with this version.

The whipped cream looks a little funny on top because I had another dessert stacked on the lid in the cooler and it smooshed a bit.  Also, I meant to add nuts to the top and forgot all about them.  I found them hiding in a corner while cleaning up.

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