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In the south, our menu selection changes entirely with the season, and each new season is something to be excited about. Right now, we’re all celebrating sunshine and heat, gardens and the outdoors. When the temperature reaches as high as it does here, that means cold food is a welcome delight.
This cake is definitely celebration worthy on all counts. The appearance makes you think of red balloons and barbecues but beyond that, the ease of it is stunning. I dreamed this up a few weeks back when I had company coming and wanted an impressive dessert with ingredients I had on hand. I was hoping they’d like it and the speed with which it disappeared confirmed that they did. Just to be sure though, I made another one. POOF! And another…POOF!
Alright, now I’m ready to bring it to you – with a POOF! Guarantee.
One of my reader’s asked me on facebook if I had any suggestions for dishes to bring to family reunions and this one is going to go to the top of my list! The complete list of my personal favorite Southern Plate family reunion dishes is at the bottom of this post.
I LOVE family reunions but it looks like we’re done with them for the time being in my family. Folks scatter to the wind and family expand, people get older and in a bad way, leaving just a few of us stragglers with the enthusiasm to herd the crowd back to the farm one bright sunny day. We still gather at my mother’s house a few times a year though and while this is just my brother and his family along with my sister and nephew, it’s still a big enough gathering to count as a reunion to the younger generation.
They won’t remember Papa Reed giving us rides on the tractor as he let kids take turns getting to sit over the wheel. They won’t remember fifty people piling up on the flatbed trailer for a ride to the creek where we’d try to find the biggest rock to make the biggest splash and they won’t ever sit in the front yard of the farm and listen to people playing banjos and fiddles on the porch.
They won’t ever have the memories in my head, the experiences I gathered as a little girl with a sunburn stripe going down the middle of my two blonde ponytails. But they’ll have new ones. Not the same, but just as precious to them. And of course, they’ll remember the food as well.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a list of my favorite things to bring to family get togethers.
You’ll need: Chocolate Cake mix (regular, dark, devil’s food, etc), a large container of whipped topping, a bottle of chocolate syrup, and some cherries (I prefer with stems) and nuts for the topping.
Of course I’m using the cheap stuff!
~smiles her perky housewife of the 1950’s era smile and looks into the camera with pride~
“Nothing but the cheapest for me and my family!”
Prepare your cake according to package directions in a 9×13 inch pan.
As soon as you take it out of the oven, poke holes all in the top with a fork.
Until it looks like it has been attacked by a mob of angry chickens.
I love that quote “Raising children is like being pecked to death by chickens!”.
I laugh now but some days, the truth in that jes’ ain’t no laughing matter!
This is one of our precious “golden forks”. I say they are precious because my children treat them like they are crown jewels. I was in Old Time Pottery a few weeks ago with both kids, perusing the kitchenware, when we came upon a bin of these forks. They were only fifty cents each and both kids had spotted them from a distance. They stood over them, oohing and ahhing as if they had discovered Captain Blackbeard’s treasure! So I picked up one for each kid and started to put them in the buggy. Oh no!! They wanted to carry them, apparently not trusting their precious fifty cents forks to be out of their sight.
While standing there, I somehow got into a conversation with a very nice lady about recipes and she and I ended up talking for about ten minutes or so (I often get into conversations about food with strangers so this shouldn’t seem odd in the least). My kids were talking quietly among themselves (WOW) and I was grateful for their great behavior while Mama chatted.
When we got to the front of the store, however, I realized that the whole time, my kids (mostly Katy) had been going through that bin getting out more gold forks! We now have ten golden forks and whenever company comes over to eat Katy says “OOH! WAIT!! I’ll go get you a GOLDEN fork!!!”
Now take that bottle of chocolate syrup and pour it over the cake.
Yes, the entire bottle. Saturate that cake. It will soak into the holes and warm cake and…oh my if your mouth isn’t watering now I don’t know what it takes to do it for ya!
Let your cake cool completely and place in the fridge.
Sometimes I speed things up a bit by placing my hot cake in the freezer but lets keep that between us, alrighty?
Once your cake is cold, spread the entire shebang of whipped topping over it.
I spread it all over but didn’t take a picture when I was done, I just have this here action shot so you’ll have to use your imagination.
Top with chopped nuts and a cherry and serve cold!
Check out that cross section!
This is so easy, you don’t have any excuse not to make it!
Chocolate Sundae Cake
- Box chocolate cake mix (Dark Chocolate, Chocolate, Devil’s Food, etc.),prepared according to package directions
- Large container whipped topping (16 oz)
- Bottle Chocolate Syrup
- Cherries and chopped nuts for garnishing
Prepare cake mix according to package directions in a 9×13 pan. While still hot, poke holes all in top with fork. Pour entire bottle of chocolate syrup over cake. Allow to cool completely. Spread whipped topping over entire cake. Refrigerate for several hours. Garnish each slice with chopped nuts and a cherry.
A Few Family Reunion Suggestions
These are my absolute favorite things to eat/bring to family reunions and summer get togethers. There aren’t many main dishes listed because we usually try to have a few hams and some chicken there and then folks bring sides and desserts as their contribution. There are literally hundreds of dishes on Southern Plate that would be great to bring in addition to these. To browse the index of all recipe tutorials, click here.
Country Casserole (Can leave out chicken and make a side dish)
Crock Pot Chicken And Dressing (Old Southern favorite, just make it and take your crock pot with you!)
Deviled Eggs (Must have!)
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