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David's Yellow Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 31, 2013
I had to make a couple of minor changes due to what I had on hand (AP flour vs. cake flour and 4 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs vs. 8 egg yolks), but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I sort of goofed on the baking though (blonde moment-hope nobody gets offended! lol). The recipe's baking time is for 2 layer cake, I was using sheet cake and didn't know exact baking time for it so I set timer for 30 minutes and was going to just check it in 5 minute intervals, which I did. After 65 minutes I knew something wasn't right because it was still "jiggly" in the center and wet looking and I've never had a yellow cake take that long! I suddenly realized the oven no longer felt very hot. I looked at the control panel and suddenly realized I had turned the oven off at some point, most likely when the 30 minute timer went off! (Boy did I feel stupid-first time I ever pulled that one.) Anyway, I turned the oven back on, left the cake in the oven throughout the preheat (or reheat in this case) and 10 more minutes later it was done. After it had cooled I made a chocolate frosting recipe I found on this site. Bottom line-even after my screw-up with the oven, though it was initially a little dry, after about 24 hours it had moistened up a bit, and overall it was awesome! I bet it would have been even better with proper baking! Great recipe, no more box cakes for me except if absolutely necessary. Thanks!
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B and L's Strawberry Smoothie

Reviewed: Jul. 20, 2013
The original recipe I started out using was very much like this except I started out using cherry or strawberry Kool Aid as the liquid base. I realized I don't really like a strong fruit flavor so I tried soy milk. Here's the way I made it to my preference, just as a suggestion to try: Great Value (Wal Mart's brand) light original organic soy milk, Stoneyfield organic French Vanilla yogurt, about 1/2 to 2/3 cup blueberries, about 1/2-3/4 very ripe banana, 3-6 whole strawberries and real maple syrup to sweeten to taste. Also, about 3-6 ice cubes to make it really cold. (You can leave the ice out if using frozen fruits and for slightly thicker texture.) Sorry, I don't have exact amounts b/c I don't really measure anything, just "eyeball it." Even though I "made it my own" I still rate the original recipe 5 stars b/c it is a good combo of ingredients, I just don't like as strong a fruit flavor in mine. Even if you prefer the recipe listed exactly as written, I suggest at least trying the maple syrup instead of sugar as it is a natural sweetener (unless allergic to it of course!).
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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2013
Terrific cookies! Easy to fix, I made a few minor changes...as others suggested I upped the baking soda to 1 tsp., flour to 1 1/2 cups and I also used 1/2 and 1/2 white and whole wheat flour (just to get a little whole grain) and to get my uber-picky 8 year old daughter to be more likely to try them, I increased the chocolate bits to 1 1/2 cups. I really think they would have turned out fine with the original amount of flour though. I think if you follow the recipe directions closely they should turn out as expected. I wonder if some of those that had problems didn't cream the butter and sugars well enough?...I even accidentally put the salt in with the butter-sugar mixture and it didn't hurt a thing. Oh, couple of tips...keep dough heaped up on pan, don't flatten it out any, and do NOT over-bake! The cookies will set up after taking out of the oven. 12 minutes worked for me. My daughter is one of the pickiest eaters this side of the Mississippi River and she ate 4 at one time, and would have had more if I'd let her! My husband raved as well. I think this one is a keeper! Thanks for the recipe!
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Easy Chocolate Ice Cream

Reviewed: May 25, 2013
I made this exactly as the recipe is written (so I can give it a fair rating). It's good, but it's rather sweet (my daughter wouldn't eat it for this reason and she LOVES sweets) and I had a hard time getting the whipped topping fully mixed in...I had topping lumps when I had some...not a problem for me though! It may have mixed up better if I'd used a mixer instead of folding it in by hand maybe. I might try making some homemade chocolate syrup so I can cut back on the sugar a little to cut the sweetness, or maybe try special dark cocoa. I also think maybe just a touch less whipped topping might give it a better texture. All in all, this is great if you don't have an ice cream maker and want homemade ice cream. It's similar to a recipe my mom made occasionally when I was a kid. I think it might also be great for an ice cream cake or pie. Thanks for the recipe, will definitely make it again!
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Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2013
Usually use canned frosting (convenience) but was out, so I tried this. Original recipe says 12 servings, based on other reviews saying it was a little "skimpy," I changed it to 14 for a little extra. Well, the original is probably plenty for a 13 x 9 sheet cake, unless you just really like a LOT of frosting. Used exact ingredients listed except I forgot to add vanilla...operator error. This was great tasting, creamy, I used real salted butter plus a dash extra salt and I could taste that buttery flavor. Loved it, hubby raved about it!
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Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 11, 2012
This is my first time making coconut cream pie. I did a couple of things different from the recipe based on what I figured would suit our preferences. I used 2 cups coconut milk, and made 1 cup half and half substitute (none on hand) by combining 1 1/2 T. melted butter and enough milk to make a full cup. I also subbed 1/3 cup cornstarch for the flour. Everything else was the same. I cooked it in the microwave (can't remember exactly how long, but it was around 8 minutes), stirred every minute with a whisk, and let it cool for about 10 or 15 minutes after stirring in the coconut and vanilla, stirring every few minutes to help speed cooling before putting it in the crust. I also made homemade whipped topping, another first for me and I was pleased with how easy it was to make. The only thing wrong with the pie was that I didn't put quite enough sugar in the whipped topping...my mistake! Great pie, I will definitely make this again!
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