April is a busy month of many, many special dates in our collective family. This year we were blessed with the opportunity to not only celebrate a few of those, but to celebrate together all in one place, and “host” at our new-to-us house to boot! We’re all of four (4) days into home ownership and have a family gathering in the books already. In my opinion, that’s a very good omen for this house.
After a tour and walk through of the house and yard with our parents and Lee’s brother, and a delicious dinner at Coopers Hawk Winery, we headed back to the house for late night cake and gifts. Even though I forgot matches for the birthday candles and we sat on patio furniture brought in from outside in an otherwise totally empty house, this first family gathering may be one of our most precious. It was a reflection of why we pursued a home purchase in the first place: to host family; to gather; to laugh and to love. Simple as that.
Back in February, my mother good-humoredly sent me a recipe for a Chocolate HoHo Cake she had seen online; joking that I should bust out some Betty Crocker skills. Unbeknownst to her, I stored away this little nugget of information to pull out a few months later for the celebration of her birthday. Best daughter ever, I know. Anyhow, I thought I’d share the recipe here. It was actually quite simple to make, especially if you have a husband willing to make several trips to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients you thought you had, but certainly did not have (eggs, oil, Cool Whip). Sorry, dear. I appreciate you very much!
You will need:
1 Chocolate Cake mix
1 Container of Milk Chocolate frosting, or you may make your own
Prepare Chocolate Cake mix according to box directions, and pour into two 9-inch round cake pans. Bake for the time specified on the box (approx 30 min).
1 8oz cream cheese softened
1 stick butter softened
3 cups confection sugar
1 8oz tub cool whip
Blend cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confection sugar, mix well. Fold in Cool Whip, then refrigerate.
Once the cakes are cooled, put the filling in the center of the cake. Then press the top on gently and then smooth out the sides. Frost with milk chocolate frosting.
This recipe was originally posted by Cora.Pelletier