Overcoming Deployment One Day at a Time

Two Desserts, One Night

on April 24, 2013
And the picture doesn't do justice...

And the picture doesn’t do justice…

I got excited one Saturday after weigh-in.  So excited about my 4-pound weight loss that I made TWO desserts to celebrate.  Not to be eaten until after a nutrient-full dinner, of course.  😉  To be honest, I don’t even remember dinner that night.  But I damn well remember these desserts.

The first one I got elbow deep in was a Double-Caramel Turtle Cake.  Okay, I did not get “elbow deep” in it literally.  That would’ve been sticky.  But I would’ve enjoyed every second of this chocolate, caramel goodness.  Anyway.  I got the idea from Pinterest.  (Of course.)  And the awesome original recipe came from a website called My Recipes.  Their recipe calls for a cake from scratch.  I’ve been known to be a bit lazy from time to time, though, so I did not make my own cake.  Unfortunately.


The Cake

2 8” Round Cake Pans, greased (I used butter then sprinkled with flour.)

1 Box Devil’s Food Cake (I used Duncan Hines.  It’s my favorite store-bought brand.)

The Frosting–  This is the part I didn’t change up at all, and it turned out AMAZING.  That is if you like extremely sweet frosting.

2 Tablespoons Butter

1/4 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar

2-3 Tablespoons Fat-Free Milk

 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Cups Sifted Powdered Sugar  (I sifted the powdered sugar then measured out 2 cups.  Some people may read this as measuring out 2 cups of powdered sugar then sifting it.  Not me.)

The Topping

2/3 Cup Low-Fat Caramel Apple Dip (I used T. Marzetti’s brand.)

1/4 Cup Finally Chopped Pecans (I used raw, but the original recipe calls for toasted.  It’s really whatever your taste preference is!)


The Cake

Easy.  I followed the package directions for 2 8” round cakes.  Cool them completely on a wire cooling rack after they bake.

The Frosting

1.  Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

2.  Add brown sugar and 2 tablespoons milk.  Cook it until sugar melts (about 1 minute).

3.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.

4.  Combine butter mixture and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a large bowl.

5.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Beat with a mixer on medium speed until it’s smooth.

6.  Add additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time beating until consistency is such that it would be easy to spread.

The Topping & Assembly

1.  Place 1 cake layer on a plate, and spread the top of the cake with half of the frosting.

2.  Place caramel dip in a small zip-top plastic bag, and snip a small hole in one corner of the bag.

3.  Drizzle half of caramel dip over frosting then top with other cake layer.

Here's what my first layer looked like.  :)

Here’s what my first layer looked like. 🙂

4.  Spread remaining frosting over top of cake, and drizzle with remaining caramel dip.

5.  Finish off by sprinkling the top of the cake with the chopped pecans!

6.  Dig.  In.

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

The 2nd dessert of this magical night-Pecan Balls courtesy of Key Ingredient.

What I Used:

Parchment Paper-Lined Baking Sheet

1/2 lb Butter (2 sticks)

4 Tablespoons Sugar

2 Cups Ground Pecans

2 Cups Flour

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Powdered Sugar (used after baking)

How I Did It:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Cream together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-low speed.

3.  Add all other ingredients-pecans, flour, extract.

4.  Stir until the ingredients are well combined.

5.  Make into approximately 20 balls, place on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until slightly brown.

6.  Shake each ball in powdered sugar (SHAKE LIKE CRAZY) immediately before serving.



Everyone, including myself, LOVED both desserts.  They were the perfect indulgences to celebrate another successful week in my weight loss journey.  Now.  Back to clean eats.  🙂

Preparing to dig in and enjoy

Preparing to dig in and enjoy

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