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Fizzy Cake and Whipped Frosting

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This is a great cake and really delicious frosting. Even though it’s a 4 layer cake, it’s easy to throw together and the frosting looks really pretty all messy.

Cake (Recipe from Bakarella)
1 Cake Mix Flavor of your choice
1 box of instant pudding mix flavor of your choice
4 Eggs
3/4 cup Oil
8 oz of Sprite

Beat all ingredients together for 2 minutes or so and bake at 325 for the time the box lists for your size of pans (I always do 2 minutes less than the minimum time and go from there.)

This is a tip I learned in my cake decorating class that I use on every cake. Remove the pans from the oven and as soon as you can handle the pans (they should still be quite hot) flip the cakes onto plastic wrap and completely wrap the warm cakes. Allow the cakes to cool in the plastic wrap. This keeps them so moist and wonderful.

Whipped Frosting
This is enough to fill and frost 2 layers. If you want to cut the two cakes into 4 layers, you should make a double recipe of this frosting

8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
2 cups heavy cream
OPTIONAL – 1/2 Package of Instant Pudding Mix in the flavor of your choice

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, almond and optional pudding until smooth. Slowly add whipping cream to the mix and beat until the frosting creates stiff peaks.

Ranch Dressing

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I’m a Ranch Dressing Freak and I hate it out of the bottle. Because of that I eat most of my salads at restaurants, as opposed to making good salads at home. So I’m especially grateful for Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman for this delicious recipe. I ate a salad at home everyday this past weekend, it was just that good!

This is straight from her website:

Ingredients
■1 clove (to 2 Cloves) Garlic
■ Salt To Taste
■1/4 cup Italian Flat-leaf Parsley
■2 Tablespoons Fresh Chives
■1 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
■1/2 cup Sour Cream
■ Buttermilk (as Needed To Desired Consistency)
■ 1 tsp White Vinegar
■ 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
■ Fresh Dill
■ Cayenne Pepper
■ Paprika
■ Tabasco (optional, To Taste)

Preparation Instructions

Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to ¼ teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.

In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.