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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Good, the Bad & the Hungry

Over the past week, I tried two new recipes.  One turned out delicious and the other had zero taste.  

The Good...

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Ingredients:
1 (10 oz.) box yellow cake mix ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)
2 (3.4 oz.) packages instant banana pudding
4 cups milk
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
20 vanilla wafers, crushed

Directions:
1.  Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 cake.
2.  Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes. Then, with a wooden spoon handle or some other similarly-sized object, begin poking holes in the cake. You want the holes to be fairly big so that the pudding has plenty of room to get down in there. Be sure to poke right down to the bottom of the cake.
3.  In a bowl,whisk together instant pudding with 4 cups milk. Stir until all the lumps are gone.
5.  Let pudding sit for just about 2 minutes so it has just slightly begun to thicken but not fully set, it should still be easily pourable.
6.  Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to get it into the holes as much as possible. Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon gently push pudding down into the holes.
7.  Put the pudding into the fridge to set and cool.
8.  Once your cake has completely cooled, spread on whipped topping.
9.  OPTIONAL - If you haven't done so already, crush your vanilla wafers. I just place mine in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Leave some of the pieces big. It's nice to have a bit of a crunch when you eat the cake. Spread crushed wafers onto the top of the cake. You can do this part immediately before serving the cake if you like. This will ensure the wafers are crunchy when you serve it.(I just placed mine flat across in rows)

**This was so easy to make and it was insanely good.  Like really, really good.  It's perfect for the Spring and Summer. 

The Bad...

PB2 Peanut Butter
I finally found this at my Kroger and I was so excited to try it, but I was so disappointed.  To me, it didn't have any flavor.  I've tried it on whole wheat bread and rice cakes and NOTHING.  Any suggestions on how to make it have flavor?

Why is it that the food that's bad for you tastes so darn good and the healthy food has no flavor?  :( 

The Hungry...

Hey, Mom!  When's dinner gonna be ready?? - Knox
Gotta love my fur baby and his tricks!

20 comments:

Kristen :) said...

Gonna have to try this poke cake, looks SO good!

The people that I've seen try the PB2 used it in smoothies - maybe try that? I never went and bought any - I'll wait for your final thoughts :)

Courtney said...

That recipe looks delicious! I'm scared to make it because i"ll prob eat the whole thing myself!

KRISTIN said...

That recipe looks SO good!

Beka said...

Ironically my boss just brought in a giant banana poke cake. I resisted temptation somehow!
I have never tried PB2. I just can't get on the bandwagon that it "tastes real". I'll stick to my normal pb :)

Erin Shell ~ Living A Love Song said...

I love poke cakes! They are so easy to make and have so many different variations. Can't wait to try this one.

Jayme said...

We buy PB2 on a regular basis but the thing that I've learned is that it's not a complete substitute for regular peanut butter. I've never gotten it to my liking for spreading on toast or for PB&Js. We use it in protein shakes, meal smoothies and other recipes where you want some of the peanut butter flavor but not the regular nutrition from it.

Mrs. Lovely said...

Thanks for posting! I was going to make banana pudding for my mothers birthday this weekend but this will be a nice change!

Carolyn said...

OMG! I've been dying to make that poke cake! Glad to hear it's yummy! That PB2 looks disgusting. I give you props for even trying it. HAHA

Knox is so dang cute. :)

J and A said...

I love Knox! That cake looks delish and I have been wanting to try the PB2 also...darn. I hear the chocolate one is better..?

Elle Noel said...

This looks like an excellent summer dessert! Have you tried chocolate PB2? It's amazingggg

Delta Daisies said...

yummmmmmmmmm!

Delta Daisies said...

yummmmmmmmmm!

Meredith said...

I'm also not the biggest fan of regular PB2, but the chocolate is MUCH better! I usually mix it in something like greek yogurt or something like that and eat it as a dip:)

Mindy said...

My little Howie does that trick too!

I'm with you, I like (ok, looove) my regular peanut butter. I buy the "Skippy Natural" kind because it's all natural and only has 4 basic ingredients (peanuts, sugar, palm oil and salt). I go through a jar of that stuff embarrassingly fast!

Party of Five said...

OMG.. my MIL made this cake for Easter and it was the bomb!! Been craving it ever since!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

mmmmhhhm you have me craving that cake!

Lindsey @ Let the Light Shine said...

That cake looks SO yummy!!! And I love that picture of Knox.

Shari said...

That cake sounds awesome! And that's disappointing. About PB2.

Melissa Jo said...

I've tried the PB and I thought it had a wierd aftertaste. I ended up using the rest of it in some oatmeal cookies mix and bringing it to work and those weren't bad. Wish they had good recipes that went with it because I'm clueless n ideas!

meghan said...

I'm sad to hear about the PB2 not being that good. I've seen it on so many blogs and had high hopes for it.