Southern Plate’s Dishpan Cookies

I dearly love Christy Jordan, her cookbooks, and her website, Southern Plate. This is a recipe that you can find on her site, or also in her cookbook, Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family. <a … Continue reading


The World’s Best Coconut Cake

I probably make this cake way too much, but it is so easy and so good, I just can’t help myself. All you need is a white cake mix, a can of sweetened condensed milk, a can of cream of … Continue reading


Chocolate Bundt Cake with Nutella Glaze

This week for Sunday dinner, I decided it was time for chocolate again. I had the cake in the oven, went to make the glaze, and realized that I didn’t have any more chocolate chips to make the glaze I … Continue reading


Best Chocolate Sheet Cake Ever (aka Texas Sheet Cake)

So I was looking through one of my grandmother’s recipe boxes the other day, looking for ideas for dessert for Sunday dinner… Cheesy, huh? My mother said she bought it for my grandmother in Mexico in the 50’s or 60’s. … Continue reading


Strawberries and Cream Cake

It’s What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!! Last Sunday I made this cake to take to my mother-in-law’s house for Sunday dinner. I usually try to come up with something new each week, which drives my husband nuts. He would be happy with … Continue reading


Crock-pot Cheesecake

When I first saw this recipe, I thought there was no way that cheesecake could be this easy. Not only is it easy, it is, as my son Rob said, “the best cheesecake I have ever eaten!” My son, Riley, … Continue reading


Butterfinger Cake

My mother-in-law is awesome. She has many attributes and talents, but most of her family would probably say the finest of these qualities is her cooking. My in-laws live in Florida from October to June, then come home for the summer, and while she is here my mother-in-law cooks Sunday dinner for around 20 people every Sunday. Everyone goes to church, then we all meet up at Grandma’s house around 12:30. The meat varies, but she almost always has macaroni and cheese, okra, green beans, creamed corn and rolls.

That is my mother and father-in-law, with my son in the background, on the Peace River in Florida last spring break. I feel like I should do more to help her, but no one really wants to eat anyone’s cooking but hers! So I take a dessert. Since John and I got married I have figured out through trial and error what goes over well and what doesn’t. Refrigerator cakes, eclairs ( you know the ones with graham crackers), banana pudding, and apple dumplings always go over well.
This week I am being lazy. It is almost 4pm, and I don’t feel like going to the store, so I am using what I have on hand. Minus one ingredient, which I will buy on the way home from church in the morning. ┬áBy the way, aren’t my Dollar Store placemats cute?

Butterfinger Cake
I box yellow cake mix
I can sweetened condensed milk
I jar caramel sauce
8 oz Cool Whip
Butterfinger candy bars

Make the cake as instructed on the box. When it is done, poke holes in it. Some people like to use forks or straws, but I have always used the end of a wooden spoon. Mix up the sweetened condensed milk and the caramel in a bowl.

Now pour that over the cake.

Now you wait. Cover the cake and put it in the fridge. I try to leave it to soak overnight, but it needs at least 4 hours. The next day crush up the candy bars. I put them in a ziploc bag and smash them with a hammer. Scatter half all over the caramel on the cake, spread the Cool Whip over that, then scatter the other half of the candy on the top. Voila!