Category Archives: Reviews

Recipe Review: The Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

First, if you haven’t already, you NEED to go and buy The Pioneer Woman cookbook. It’s okay, I will wait.

Okay now that that’s done, onto the review.

I think that’s all I need to say, isn’ t it?

But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t run on, so here we go.

This cake was ridiculously easy to make. I will not be buying chocolate cake mix anymore. Sorry Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines. It is worth the entire box of butter you need to make it and more. I was not going to put the pecans in the icing, because I just wasn’t. But I was lazy and I did not sift the powdered sugar before making the icing. So there were going to be lumps. So I put the pecans in to hide the lumps and it worked like a charm.

The icing firms up a bit and it is like having a layer of fudge on top of moist buttery cake.  It is soooooooo good. The icing is also easy to make, especially if you are going to put the pecans in. If you feel like omitting the nuts, make sure you sift the sugar. One thing about this though, it tends to get a little messy.

But that’s okay. It is a small price to pay for a large sheet cake of heaven. By the way, it is DIVINE with whipped cream on top. I am normally a purist, but oh my word!!! The whipped cream is just even more heavenly.

Don’t mind my kitchen gnome…

Lucy is just bitter that she did not get any cake.


A Food Review: Disneyland’s Yule Log

So I tried to get a picture of it before it was attacked by four forks, but I was not successful. Alton stuck his fork right in the middle and pulled out the good part immediately.

The cake itself was VERY spongy. But when we watch the Guy Fieri Disneyland Christmas special, (What, you missed it? You don’t have The Food Network on continuous loop at your house like we do? Alton can say Bobby Flay. But I digress.) the pastry chef who showed Guy how they make it says that the cake is very spongy because it is half cornstarch and half flour. Apparently the corn starch allows the cake to roll into the log shape more easily. The butter cream icing (the good part) was awesome. Personally, I loved the chocolate ganache icing on the outside. Travis thought it was too rich, but Alton, Kate and myself had no problem eating it. When they made it on the food network show, I could have sworn they put streaked butter cream on the outside of the cake as well, but since I enjoyed the ganache,  I did not miss it. The inside has enough butter cream  love for everyone.

You can get it at the The Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street. It is $5 a slice, but it fed four of us and we all had plenty. It was fun to share and Alton gave it two very enthusiastic dimpled cheeks. 😉