Tuesday, April 9, 2013

4th Blogiversary Giveaway and Chocolate Oreo Poke Cake

Four years ago today I started this blog.  Honestly, I can't believe it!

Cooking for me started in college about six or seven years ago (eep!) when I was living on my own without a meal plan and I needed a way to feed myself.  A few years later I started this blog as a way to collect and share my favorite recipes with friends and family.  If you want to read the full story about me, there's a link called "About Me" (how about that!) at the top of the page.

I'd say it was only in the past one to two years that I started taking this blog more seriously and began to network with other food bloggers and try to make my photos prettier.  Honestly, that's tough when you work full-time and are racing to get dinner on the table and have a hungry husband not patient enough to get that food photo staged justttt right.  I'm making a better effort but realize I will never be a professional photographer and that's okay by me :).

So back to my celebration.  Today I'm sharing a super simple cake.  Seriously, anybody can make it.  And that's kind of the point I want to make is that even the most inexperienced person can be inspired to pick up a recipe and follow it to create something delicious.  Heck, that's how my husband got started with his now infamous Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bottom Cheesecake!

It's not my best food photography and that's to be expected because it was taken inside of a dimly lit restaurant when I brought it for my brother's birthday dinner in the dead of Winter.  I know that the days when I feel like I've created better pictures are ones where there's good light - on the weekends or in the Summer evenings.  I'll even admit that the recipe is really just doctored cake mix.  But no one has to know that because all they'll taste is how extremely delicious and moist it is :).

Now for the giveaway part. Four years of blogging means four prizes to celebrate!  I have one grand prize: a custom Tastebook filled with 100 recipes that have been featured on my blog. This was suggested by a number of my facebook fans so I hope that you enjoy it!  I'll also have three second prizes featuring some of my favorite local foods.  This was also a suggestion by my fans.  See, I really do do all of this for you!!

You can enter to win below and then next week, I'll pick second prize winners on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The grand prize winner will be announced on Friday!  So don't delay and join in my celebration!

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Chocolate Oreo Poke Cake

Chocolate Oreo Poke Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 box Devil’s Food cake mix
  • Oreos, roughly chopped (you’ll need almost an entire package)
  • 1 large packet instant Oreo pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 small tub Cool Whip 
 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Prepare the devil’s food cake as directed on box; stir in a large handful of the chopped Oreos. Pour batter into a prepared dish and bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  3. Combine the milk and Oreo pudding mix in a medium-sized bowl and whisk until smooth.
  4. While the cake is still warm, use a chopstick or the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over the top of the cake.  Quickly pour the pudding over the cake and spread evenly so it will soak into all of the holes. Top with more chopped Oreos. 
  5. Allow cake to cool completely. Spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake and sprinkle with more chopped Oreos. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Source: Sing for Your Supper 

20 comments:

Tamara Stowe said...

Congrats On 4 Years!!!! :) Cake Looks Easy And Delicious!!!

Kristen McCabe said...

Looks yummy! I can't wait to try it, and the peanut butter brownie bottom cheesecake! I have to get baking one of these days.

Mama loves to cook said...

Pb brownie bottom cheesecake! YUMMY!

christopher sorel said...

the beef stew and chocolate please

Jessica said...

Happy anniversary! Yes to the first question and yes to the second question! ;)

Jessica said...

Happy anniversary! Yes to the first question and yes to the second question! ;)

Melissa Strader said...

Pb bottom brownie cheesecake and chocolate please!!

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Unknown said...

I don't have a favorite yet they all look wonderful!! Chocolate please!! :)

Krystal Regueiro said...

I don't have a favorite recipe yet either, but I wanted to congratulate you on happy 4 blogging years!! What a feat!! This Oreo Poke cake looks like a great way to celebrate!!!

Caroline Barbee said...

Happy Blogiversary! My favorite recipe would be your honey balsamic french dip sandwiches. Yum!! For the second prize, I would let you decide. They all sound delicious!

Kristin said...

I loved the copy cat Chickfila. Yum!

Heather King said...

Happy Blogiversary! I loved your caramel apple pie with SoCo. Yum! If i won a second prize i'd want cookies!

dianadishes said...

Congratulations! I was lured in by the S'mores pizza and I've been a reader ever since! Chili mix would be great, we were just talking about Skyline chili the other night :)

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Happy Bloggaversary! I'm coming up on my four years of blogging and I agree with you. Blogging, while truly enjoyable and oh so creative, is a labour of love.

The cake looks delish!

Alana Pollard said...

the Philly Cheese-steak sloppy joes are my faves!! <3 And I would say the chili mix or cookies :-) Congrats on 4 wonderfully delicious years!!!

Alana Pollard said...

the Philly Cheese-steak sloppy joes are my faves!! <3 And I would say the chili mix or cookies :-) Congrats on 4 wonderfully delicious years!!!

Amber Henry said...

I have many recipes of yours on my to-try list! I found you through Theknot.com :) I would take any 2nd prize!

Angela said...

Your oreo recipe looks amazing, and I would take the chocolate!

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P.J. said...

Congrats on your fourth years. And this cake looks incredible. Might have to try it...