Devil Made Me Do It Chocolate Cake

Devil Made Me Do It Chocolate CakeSatchel (his real name is Steve Raye) is an amazing person, and his restaurant reflects his unique personality and intense creativity. He’s one of the most interesting guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in my five years of doing “Taste of the Town.” I went back to visit Satchel at his home the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and we had a great time talking about his two main passions: food and art. His restaurant has an interesting collection of his artistic creations – many of them are made from things people have thrown away. He turns other people’s junk into eclectic, beautiful art.

He serves a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting that’s homemade and unique.

Devil Made Me Do It Chocolate Cake

Makes three 9-inch round layers

2 2/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/8 cups cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
2. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir, starting out slowly, until well blended
3. Divide the batter among 3 greased 9-inch round pans
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out almost clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
12 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons milk (just enough to smooth out the frosting)

1. Beat together the butter and cream cheese
2. Beat in the confectioner’s sugar and the vanilla.
3. Add milk until the mixture is creamy.
4. Frost the top and sides and between the layers of the cooled cake thickly!

Christmas Cake Recipe

Want to spice this cake recipe up for the Christmas holiday? Create two batches of delicious cream cheese frosting. Add some red food coloring to one batch and green to the other. Use the green cream cheese frosting between your layers and then cover the Christmas cake with the red frosting. Your family will love it.

This recipe for Devil Made Me Do It Chocolate Cake is taken from the recipe book “Taste of the Town” by Todd Blackledge and JR Rosenthal. You can order your copy today from Barnes & Noble, Amazon or a variety of online book stores.

Unique S’mores Recipes for Summer Time

s'more recipeS’mores are a summertime classic, especially during 4th of July weekend. It might be hard to deviate from the traditional ingredients, but I recommend these variations of the campfire classic.

Turtle S’more

This s’more is similar to the turtle ice cream flavor. Take the original s’more and add chopped pecans and caramel in between the graham crackers.

Grasshopper S’more

To add color and new flavor, replace the chocolate bar with Andes mints.

Mexican S’more

Add some spice to the original s’more! For the Mexican s’more use graham crackers, marshmallows, milk chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Oreos S’more

This s’more is a big hit with the kids. Use chocolate graham crackers instead of original and add marshmallows, white chocolate and oreo crumbles.

The Elvis S’more

This s’more is inspired by Elvis’ famous peanut butter, bacon and banana sandwich. Make this s’more with graham crackers, marshmallow, peanut butter cup and a banana slice.

What’s your favorite s’mores recipe? Let me know your family traditions or which of these recipes you try!


4th of July Desserts

Family time and fireworks are wonderful 4th of July traditions we enjoy each year. Another important part is the tasty American classics.

Celebrate 4th of July with one of these festive desserts.

Flag Cake


Decorate your favorite cake with a complete American flag look. You’ll need fluffy, white icing, 2 pints of strawberries and one pint of blueberries. Wash the berries and cut the strawberries into halves.

Once you frost the cake with the white icing, arrange the blueberries in the top left-hand corner. Press the berries down into the frosting so they don’t roll around. Next, you’ll place the strawberry halves in rows going across the cake horizontally to represent the stripes.

Serve slices of the cake with leftover fruit and a scoop of ice cream.

Red, White & Blue Milkshake

This colorful, frozen treat is great for enjoying poolside or cooling off after playing games.

For the red layer: blend strawberry ice cream, strawberry slices and milk until coarsely chopped. Cover and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes.

For the white layer: Simply blend vanilla ice cream and milk until smooth. Cover in a separate container and freeze for 30 to 45 minutes.

For the blue layer: Blend blueberry smoothie (or blueberry juice blend) with vanilla ice cream and blueberries until coarsely chopped. Again, freeze for 30 to 45 minutes.

Scoop the layers one at a time into a tall, clear glass for a patriotic theme. Top with remaining blueberries and strawberry slices.

July 4th Dessert Tacos

Put a spin on a typical crepe for red, white and blue tacos. Use a can of biscuits to make crepes by adding flour and rolling flat. Cook one at a time in an oil covered skillet until light, golden brown on each side. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with sugar and allow them to cool off. Next, add a mixture of whipped cream, sugar, blueberries and strawberries inside. Fold in half and enjoy like tacos! (For extra flavor, sprinkle with chocolate syrup!)

What’s your favorite 4th of July dessert? We hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend!