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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Zebra Tres Leches Cake and My First Link Party!

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It's party time, friends!! Welcome to my very first link party, I am thrilled to have you here! And what's a party without cake, am I right?
This is no ordinary cake. Sure it looks all sweet and innocent on the outside, but on the inside? Its a wild thing. Just wait.

Have you ever had a tres leches cake? Ohmygoodness they are delicious! To say it is moist is an understatement. I mean, it's a three milks cake after all.

One of the coolest things about this cake is you can totally change the flavor depending on the types of milk you use. Traditionally, I believe, cream, evaporated milk, and whole milk are used. While that is tasty, I like to switch things up a bit. I used vanilla cream, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. You know it's good if there's condensed milk inside! Next time I think I will use coconut milk too....Mmmmm.

And take a look at the wild surprise inside! Impress your friends - make this cake for your next party!

Zebra Tres Leches Cake
by: Back For Seconds


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cup french vanilla cream
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 tub cool whip (or make your own whipped cream)
  • 1 pint strawberries (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350*
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Add in vanilla and eggs one at a time, beating after each egg addition. Gradually add in the flour and baking powder until incorporated. If making the zebra design, separate batter in two and add food color of your choice. Grease a 9"springform pan. Drop 2 Tbs of one color in the center of the pan - do NOT spread it out. On top of that drop 2 Tbs of the other colored batter, again, don't spread it out. Continue this pattern until you have used all the batter. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool most of the way before adding the milks.
In a large bowl mix all of the milks together.  Set the cake (still in the pan) on a baking sheet or other dish with sides to catch any spills. Using a fork pierce the cake all over many times. Pour the milks over the cake slowly. It will seem like too much milk, but it will soak in. Set the cake in the refrigerator and allow it to soak up the milk for at least 8 hours.
Just before serving, top with whipped cream and strawberries if desired. The cake is so moist you really don't need to add anything else. I like the presentation though! Refrigerate any leftovers.

And now LET'S PARTY!!!!!
Since this is my first party, I would be over the moon thrilled if you would help me spread the word! A party isn't a party without all of you! Invite your friends - tweet, facebook, blog, instagram your besties and tell them the Back For Seconds Social is where it's at! You guys rock!

Here's the skinny:
  • Link up your recipes, DIY projects, helpful tips, etc...I want to see it all! (Please only link up your own material)
  • Check out some other links - this is a Social after all :) Have fun and come back next week to see if you were featured! 

Linked to Weekend Potluck and some of these fab parties
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Cupcake Liner Sale!

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I just have to pop in real quick to share this awesome deal with all of you! I know a lot of you are foodies, or at least like to bake the occasional cupcake, and I didn't want you to miss out on this sale today! These usually sell out within hours so grab them fast if you like them! (I am loving the animal prints!) These are such a good price - don't miss out!
Make sure you come back later tonight for my first link party!! See you then!
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookies and Some News!

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Before we get to the sweets today, I have some fun news to share with you! On Wednesday this week I am kicking off my very first link party!! I am really excited about it albeit a little scared that no one will link up, haha! Please don't let that happen, I will cry! So mark your calendars and tell your friends, it's gonna be swell :)  Now onto the sugar!

Something you should know about me: I am a girly girl. 
Everyone who knows me knows this. 
I like sparkly things. A lot. 
I have an unreasonable amount of the following:
make up
things that smell pretty
lip gloss
nail polish
And I just keep buying more. I can't help myself. And I'm ok with that.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Choco-Mallow Pancakes

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I've told you before that I'm not a huge breakfast person. I mean, I love breakfast foods, but I don't seem to have the time to make a big breakfast every morning. And usually I'm not even hungry until I've been up for a few hours.
But every once in a while, I wake up motivated (and hungry), and decide to make my family really happy and whip up a delicious (albeit sugar laden) breakfast!
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Pies

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No matter how many baked goods I crank out, chocolate chip cookies will always be a favorite. There is something so homey and comforting about them. Crisp around the edges with chewy, buttery centers, and chock full of chocolate chips. What could be better? 
Is it even possible to dislike chocolate chip cookies? 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Cupcake Muddy Buddies

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I am warning you right now, this was ridiculously good...and addicting. I made it to bring to a party, but with everything else I was bringing, I left it at home on the counter. Whoops! When we got to the party I realized that I had forgotten it and was pretty bummed. 

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Ultimate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

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I have not been sharing many cupcake recipes with you. Shame on me.  
I hope these will keep you from holding that against me. 
I made these last week and they were gone in a few days. We (read:2 people) didn't share them either. So, yeah, they were good. I mean, they're peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes so what do you expect?
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Skinny Caramel Truffles

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You read that right, kids. These are SKINNY truffles. It's seems to be an oxymoron , I know, but I am tellin' the truth.  They are also:

  • No bake
  • 5 ingredients
  • Simple to make
  • Yummy

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Creamy Lime Baked Taquitos

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Do ya'll like Mexican fare? It is my favorite kind of food these days, and it's not just because of the delicious margaritas (they sure do help though). I can't seem to get enough of guacamole - I'm addicted. I make it, eat it, crave it...and the cycle starts all over again. Enchiladas, tacos, fajitas etc. are dinner staples around these parts.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sweet Corn Muffins

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 I love having cornbread in the summer. It tastes so good with barbeque and mexican foods. But cornbread can be really dry and lacking in flavor. I have a great recipe for you today for really moist, flavorful, sweet corn muffins! You may be surprised to see that I used cake mix in these...I don't even use cake mix to make cake! There is just something about yellow cake mix that gives these the perfect flavor. Using butter, flour and sugar just didn't do it - maybe if I would have added vanilla that would have done the trick? I will have to try that next time.
If you like to have actual corn kernels in your muffins go ahead and add them. I was going to but the husband vetoed that idea. They were fabulous anyway, I hope you try these for your next picnic or mexican fiesta!

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sweet 'N Salty Mix

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It's been really hot here lately and on hot summer days I like to wear sun dresses. That's what you'll find me wearing almost everyday. I don't remember the last time I wore shorts. 
The other day I went out shopping and was wearing a trademark sundress. This one in particular was short. Not hoochie mama short, but above the knee. It was also a windy day. You see where this is going, no?
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