I've been a Days of our Lives fan for years. If you've ever watched this show, you know Alice Horton. She is known for her homemade doughnuts. Though you don't see her much anymore, they still talk about her homemade goodies. I remember an episode years ago when one of the other characters was talking to her about her doughnut recipe. Alice had a confession. The doughnuts were store bought and she baked them at home! What a scandal!
The message was clear though. You may not have the time or the talent to make something from scratch, but don't let that stop you from baking! There are several good pre-packaged cookie doughs available. Just add some of your own ingredients - extra semi-sweet morsels, nuts, candies, etc. And, cake mixes are perfect for a 'no-fail' cake. Just top it with a homemade frosting like the one below. Alice and I will keep your secret!
Rich Chocolate Frosting
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons cornstarch
1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
3 sq. (3 oz. ) chocolate, cut in pieces
1/8 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Mix sugar and cornstarch in a 2 quart saucepan. Stir in boiling water, chocolate and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Beat in butter and vanilla. Spread on cake while frosting is hot. This will make enough to frost sides and tops of two 8-in. round cake layers.
To make the cake extra festive, sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on sides of frosted cake.
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