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All images and Micro Dot Twinkle Sticker by a*muse art stamps
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks in Pink Pastel, Rouge, Ice Blue, Bisque
Vanilla Card stock, Popsicle Pink paper by a*muse.  SU! retired scallop scissors, Marvy Mega Scallop Circle Punch.  Silver Eyelet.

So . . .  I just wanted to say thank you.  I have been rather overwhelmed lately with many messages of encouragement and support as I let go, move on.   Reassurances from those of you that have already gone down this road (quit SU!) have been so comforting, and I appreciate that more than I can say.  Now, before I get all sappy, I just wanted to extend a ginormous group hug out to ya’ all for bein’ so nice!  As a friend mentioned, sometimes ya’ gotta close a door, so a new one can open.  And, that’s a good and exciting thing! (bouncin’)

Now, for another "good thing" :  Chocolate Dump Cake. (More bouncin’!)

If you didn’t already know this about me, brace yourself:  I am the Convenience Food Queen!!!  The anti-Martha, if you will! ( snort!)  (Now, don’t go and misinterpret that; I’m a *huge* fan of Martha Stewart style, but I just don’t do everything from scratch like she does, savvy?)

I don’t normally photograph food, but, well, after Linda photo’d her pretty little torte, I gotta keep up with the Joneses, eh?! (chuckle!)

Chocolate Dump Cake Recipe:

1 Chocolate Cake Mix
1 large pkg. Instant Chocolate Pudding
2 regular tubs of Cool Whip
3-4 crushed candy bars of choice (I prefer Heath)

Bake the chocolate cake in a 9 x 13 pan, according to package directions.  Allow to cool completely, and then cut it up into little cubes.

Make the instant chocolate pudding according to directions.

In a *mondo* glass bowl (yes, it must be mondo), layer chocolate cake cubes, pudding, and whip cream; sprink some of the broken candy bar on top.  Repeat 2x more or until you run out of stuff.

I call it "dump cake" ‘cuz ya’ just dump all the stuff in there like that.  Nothing special.  Now, on this one, I forgot to buy the candy bars, so I just sprinkled the very top with instant cappuccino mix–it dissolved into the whip cream on top and gave it a bit of a coffee flavor that’s actually rather pleasant!

This recipe is based on one my cousin Janice gave me, but her version involved yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding (possibly banana???), strained crushed pineapple, sliced strawberries, etc.  A kind of tropical trifle.  It’s tremendous yummy and so refreshing in the summer time!  Anyway, for some reason, years ago, I got it in my head that it was called "Dump Cake" and so I’ve always called it that.  By mistake, apparently–according to Janice, when I was yappin’ about it one day.  (belly laughin’)  I still can’t remember what the correct name of it is, and Dump Cake sounds good to me, so I’m stickin’ with it!

I had to bring dessert to a Pig Roast this weekend, and my husband requested I do this.  Needless to say, it disappeared so fast the hostess sent me home with a sparkling clean bowl!  Yea!

  1. I grew up with this as dirt cake. We served it in a galvanized (very clean and new) bucket with a trowel! Also, I gave a stitched sign that says “Martha Stewart Doesn’t Live Here!” to my best friend!

  2. In Kentucky that is called Death By Chocolate!!! What a way to go!!!

  3. Julie, I love your support card! Thanks for a huge smile. Ü

  4. So, decadent… while reading your wonderful story of the ‘dump cake’ I gained weight on just a couple of bites! ;)

  5. Yum – cake! I’m a fan of MS style too – but always substitute – definitely cool whip! Love the card too!

  6. Paula Dean makes the variation cake that Janice makes (yellow cake, vanilla pudding, pineapple and whipped cream) and calls it “Better than Sex” cake – seriously, she featured it on one of her shows! I think I prefer the chocolate dump cake variety – yours looks too yummy!

    Best of luck to you in your future endeavors. We’ll be watching/reading!! Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  7. Julie – Love the cards, especially the “Thanks for your Support” one – what a hoot! My sister-in-law used to live in Mukilteo (moved back to Montana in 2004), and boy, you made me hungry for Ivar’s!!! Hope the head cold allowed you to enjoy your meal – and happy belated anniversary!

    Oh yeah – thanks for the luscious cake recipe!

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