Rarely am I caught off guard on things, especially special occasions and events. I’m a planner so I start making a list of things that need to happen weeks before the actual day arrives.
Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and also Ash Wednesday. Cas and I normally do not do Valentine’s Day as we both feel it’s an imposed holiday from Hallmark and flowers are usually over-priced and why spend triple on something you can get for a fourth two days after? Call us cheap but that’s how we both think.
We’re also not overly traditional people – at least on traditions that are expected “just because that’s what is done.” We long decided that we would create our own traditions and not be tied to society’s versions.
Well imagine my surprise when Cas walked in Wednesday with an arm load of flowers, a large box of chocolates and a card? Not just for me but Mom also? He just decided that doing the actual traditional ritual would be a change of pace and he totally got me. I was not expecting it but it was lovely and a reminder of what a jewel of a guy I somehow managed to snag. Given my track record, that alone is worth celebrating. (I’ll leave that for another blog for another place.)
SO….here I was, showered with gifts and I had nothing. Nada. Zilch. MY normal was to cook a nice dinner for Mom and Cas and let that be it. Obviously I needed to up my plan and quick! What I came up with is this recipe. It’s a total flip from the word go. I’m not even sure how the idea came to me but it was there and I made it and it was a hit. I’m calling it Moose Tracks Poke Cake.
Remember that peanut butter syrup recipe from the January 24th blog? Well turns out that syrup is great for more things just pancakes. I made a Devil’s food cake – straight out of the box. My apologies for not going scratch but I was in a hurry and every now and again, taking a shortcut is not a bad thing.
Once the cake was out of the oven, I poked holes all over the top and poured about 2 cups of the peanut butter syrup over the top until all the holes were filled. I let that cool for about 20 minutes before topping with the chocolate mousse. Again, this was out of the box but quick and tasty. If you need a quick dessert, this is a great go-to and it’s delicious.
Moose Tracks Poke Cake
1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 ¼ c water
1/3 c oil
1 Large Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
3 c milk
1 12oz. Cool Whip
1 c milk
1 c sugar
½ c peanut butter
- Prepare cake according to box. Once out of oven, using a wooden spoon, poke holes over the top.
- Mix milk, sugar and peanut butter in a medium saucepan on med-high heat, stirring until all is combined. Allow to come to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly for THREE minutes exactly. Remove from heat to cool slightly. Mixture will thicken as it sets. Once cooled slightly, pour about 2 cups over the top of cake making sure all holes get filled. Cool for about 15 minutes before proceeding to next step. (Leftover syrup will keep in frig for several weeks – just like regular syrups.)
- Make pudding according to box. Once thickened, fold in 1 cup Cool Whip until well mixed. Spread over cooled cake. Top with remaining Cool Whip and place in refrigerator until serving time.