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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Guest Post-Snickers Snack Cake Cravings of a Lunatic

I'm so excited to have Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic here today! Kim was one of the first people who connected with me when I first started blogging. I'm so glad she did because I have loved reading her blog! She makes things like Taco Pasta, that makes me want to lick my computer screen, and her plethora of Ice Cream recipes makes me excited for the day I actually have an ice cream maker! Besides awesome recipes, Kim is also one of the most genuine people I've "met" online. You can tell that she is passionate about her blog and puts a lot of hard work and effort into it, and she's also really funny. After checking out the awesome recipe she has for us today, make sure and go check out her blog!

Hi folks. I am so happy to be here today. My name is Kim and I am the lady who runs the asylum at Cravings of a Lunatic. I was so pleased when Erika asked me to guest post for her. I mean another Pepsi junkie, and wild cherry to boot. Erika also made some pistachio cupcakes. So yah, I may just fall in love with this young lady. She is so well rounded in her cooking. I admire her for outlook on life. I also think her and her hubby are too adorable for words. 

If you aren't familiar with my cooking blog it's kind of an indulgent place to hang out. Most of my recipes are rather fattening, full of sugar and not very good for you. I'd apologize but um, er, ah, I really don't feel that bad. Yes I realize I should eat like a grown up but seriously who made the rule that grown ups have to eat things like kale (ew!), spinach (ick!), lentils (blech!) or tofu (barf!). I mean who made up the rules that adults have to eat yucky food. All us adults are walking around miserable cuz we're eating stuff we all hate but pretend to like. And kids are grinning from ear to eat cuz they get to eat fun food. Okay I realize this is a skewed way of looking at things but seriously, I don't even care. I also realize some people eat those things cuz they have to for health reasons so I'll forgive those folks. But the rest of you, well, I don't know if I can let this slide any more. Eat something fun once in awhile. Like chocolate, or candy bars, or chocolate candy bars, or chocolate smothered in candy bars. Okay seriously I think I need professional help sometimes. While I wait for the men with the straitjackets to show up I thought I'd share this with you. I hope you enjoy!

Snickers Snack Cake:
Source: Paula Deen's Chocolate Celebration

Ingredients for the Cake:
1 cup butter
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla salt
Chocolate Frosting to follow
Directions for the Cake:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 8 or 9 inch pan with parchment paper. (I find wetting it makes it more pliable)
In your mixer combine your butter and your vanilla sugar. Mix on medium speed till fluffy.
Add your eggs one at a time. Beat the mixture well after you add each one. 
Now beat in the vanilla.
In a separate small bowl, you want to combine your flour, cocoa, baking powder and vanilla salt.
Now add this mixture to your butter mixture, beat it until it is well combined. 
Spoon the batter into your parchment lined pan. 
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. You will know when it's done by sticking a toothpick in and pulling it out clean. 
Remove from oven and cover with the Chocolate Frosting (recipe to follow) while it's still hot. 
Once it's frosted let it cool. 
Cut into squares and serve with a big old kiddish smile!

Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting:
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons buttermilk
3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
3 1/2 full size Snickers bars, cut into small squares
Directions for Chocolate Frosting:
Place a medium saucepan on the stove over medium to low heat. 
Melt the butter in the saucepan.
Add your cocoa and buttermilk and whisk until your cocoa dissolves completely.
Now gradually add you confectioners sugar and whisk until smooth.
Stir in your snickers bars. 
Now pour over your cake.

Thank you so much to Erika for having me over to her lovely blog today. I am so pleased she asked me to do this. I hope you all enjoyed the recipe. Feel free to pop over to Cravings of a Lunatic so I can tempt you with more "bad for you" food. I am also PinterestFacebook and Twitter. Feel free to stalk me anywhere and everywhere. 
Toodles and smoochies! xx

Wow that looks so good!! I'm excited to try it. Thanks to Kim for posting today! Make sure you go check out her blog!

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At March 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Anonymous Kiran @ said...

Hi Erika! Heading over from Kim's blog. Lovely guest post and delicious recipe :)

At March 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM , Anonymous Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen said...

Hello Erika! I am happy to find you through Kim's site. She is a great lady even though she makes me want to eat chocolate gooey things 24/7 :)

At March 10, 2012 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Erika, thanks so much for having me guest today. I am so pleased you asked. It's always fun to do these kinds of things. Nice to see some friends popping by to meet you! xx

At March 10, 2012 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Thanks for coming to visit Kiran. I had lots of fun working with Erika. She is a sweetheart.

At March 10, 2012 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Lol Valerie. I am making good people do bad things. It's like a calling or something. Glad you liked it. So happy you stopped by to meet Erika. She's a wonderful lady too.

At March 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM , Anonymous Choc Chip Uru said...

What a gorgeous guest post Valerie :D - thank you so much for hosting this piece of decadence. Kim this is one of your most exceptional recipes to date :D

Choc Chip Uru

At March 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

So fun to find your blog via Kim! Any friend of Kim's is a friend of mine... Kim, this cake looks amazing!

At March 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

Thanks so much for stopping by! And Kim is amazing-this recipe looks great!

At March 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

I'm so happy you found me too! She is great...and I know what you mean. She is killing me with all her Turtle recipes!

At March 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

Thanks so much for doing the post! I'm so glad that it worked out, and thanks for sending your people my way!

At March 10, 2012 at 7:39 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

I'm so glad that you found it! Thanks so much for popping over!

At March 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

I feel privileged to host such a piece of decadence! lol! Kim is so great!

At March 10, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Torviewtoronto said...

cake looks wonderful lovely presentation

At March 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM , Blogger Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Kim, how is a person supposed to stay on a diet when you keep posting stuff like this? Woman, don't you know any salad recipes?? As for this cake, well, I think I'd be fine skipping the cake and going directly to the frosting :)

At March 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Thanks so much. I am touched.

At March 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Liz you are such a sweetie. xx

At March 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Thanks Ahkeela. xx

At March 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Salad is for wussies. Real woman eat cake. *falls down laughing*

At March 11, 2012 at 5:16 AM , Anonymous Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen said...

Wow! Wow! and did I mention wow! That looks like the most chocolately cake ever. Lovely guest post!

At March 11, 2012 at 5:32 AM , Anonymous Alyssa said...

I love Kim's blog and I'm so glad you asked her to guest post because from the five minutes I've been on yours, I already love it! This cake looks great! Very nice guest post

At March 11, 2012 at 6:37 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Swooooooon! Fabulous cake Miss Crazy Pants, and a great guest post! Lovely checking out a new blog :)

At March 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

Yay! I'm so glad you love it, and I'm also so glad Kim guest posted this amazing cake!

At March 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Magic of Spice said...

Hi Erika, nice to meet you!
Kim, this is a chocolate lovers dream!

At March 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

Kim is all over the place! I love her, and I wouldn't expect anything less than this cake - definitely quite delicious from the looks of it!

At March 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous Katherine Martinelli said...

Love Kim and this is a great guest post! Glad to be introduced to your blog :-)

At March 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

So glad you could come check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by!

At March 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

Nice to meet you too!

At March 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

I'm so lucky to have stolen her for a minute to get one of her amazing recipes on here! :)

At March 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

She's pretty great, right?? I'm glad you could be introduced as well!

At March 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Wow - this looks delicious! What a decadent treat...and I love snickers!

At March 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM , Anonymous Nancy @ CouponClippingCook said...

If I could reach far enough I would cut a huge piece of that cake right now and eat it with a big glass of milk. Looks soooo delicious!

At March 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM , Blogger Erika Layne said...

Kim is kind of a chocolate genius!


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