So, I'm cooking for Butch's poker group. I started early---as I always do. Butch was off to the golf course, so I was able to crank up my music and work. The first thing I did was the cake. It was a new recipe and sounded good---a Mounds Cake. Personally, I like Almond Joys better, so decided to turn it in to an Almond Joy Cake.
The first thing you do is to bake a regular devil's food cake according to the package instructions. Easy until it did this:
Step 1: melt a concoction of sugar, marshmallows and milk. Little did I know that this is not the type of mixture that comes to a boil you can see. Apparently the marshmallows just rise up and over before you know it. Okay, I turned my back on it for a couple of seconds---I swear, just a couple!
I've had this ceramic cooktop for 21 years now and have always kept it in pristine, like new condition. I have a little help with a cooktop cleaner made for this type of surface. But there are some burnt on messes that require drastic measures--a razor blade. It was one of those times. The burn was so bad that when I used the razor on it, the charred mess sort of exploded all over. I had burnt crumbs everywhere! Sheesh. I spent more time cleaning up the messes than I did actually making the darn cake!
Luckily, it was delicious. So, I'm sharing the recipe. Just so you know, you've been warned!
Mounds Cake (or Almond Joy*)
1 Devil's Food cake mix
2 cups sugar (divided)
24 large marshmallows
1 1/2 cups milk (divided)
14 oz. pkg. coconut
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
Mix and bake cake according to package directions. Combine 1 cup of sugar, marshmallows and 1 cup of milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat until marshmallows are melted. Stir in coconut and spread on top of warm cake.
Mix butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of milk in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in chocolate chips and spread over coconut mixture. Serve at room temperature or refrigerated (as desired).
*Almond Joy Cake
Follow all instructions as listed above. Add 1/2 cup slivered almonds to the chocolate mixture.
This cake is very rich. I sent most all of it home with the guys. Good luck with it!