The Chef Hat: Mountain Dew Cake


This was a trial-run for a possible new birthday cake just for the hubby. If you don’t know our family, Tripper has been a Mountain Dew addict since before I even met him. To give you an idea, he probably polishes off a 2-Liter in a day or two (and that’s an improvement from before terrorist #1.) So when I saw this recipe from Lil Miss Bossy, I absolutely had to move it up to the top of my baking list.

Serving Size: 1 Cake
Total Time: 1 Hour

1 Box Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix
4 Eggs
1 and 1/2 Cups Mountain Dew
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Mountain Dew

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix glaze ingredients and bring to a boil. Stir until butter is melted completely. Refrigerate.
3. Grease/oil/spray a fluted circle pan or Bundt pan. See: Bundt Basics
4. Mix cake ingredients until well blended. Add the Mountain Dew last and slowly.

5. Pour batter evenly into pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a knife or pick comes out clean from the middle.
6. Let cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. (Remember to use a rubber spatular when loosening the cake from the pan.)
7. Poke the cake with a knife, fondue fork, skewer or anything that will make tiny unnoticeable holes.
8. Stir glaze then pour over cake. Cool completely then dust generously with powdered sugar.


  • Glaze cake on wire rack instead of on it’s final platter if you don’t want it to pool around the cake. For me, I let it pool because I love a wet cake.
  • The powdered sugar will get absorbed by the glaze after some time passes. If presentation is important, don’t powder it until right before you need it.
  • Read up on how to use Bundt pans properly. If the cake isn’t coming out, let it cool a little longer.

Thanks, Jess!

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xoxo Kim


The Chef Hat: Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes


Found this recipe initially in an email digest from the one-and-only Betty Crocker herself. Me being 6 1/2 months pregnant, I can’t stress to you enough how excited I was to make these. I had been waiting DAYS but discipline allowed me to hold out for New Years Eve breakfast. Now mine don’t look nearly as pretty but it matters very little, because if you don’t use a KNIFE this will become a big pile of messy delicious creation after the first bite. Ready for the recipe?

Servings: 3 People or 6 Pancakes
Total Time: 30-45 minutes

4oz Cream Cheese
1 Box Jell-O Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Bisquick Pancake Mix
1/2 Cup Chopped/Crushed Graham Crackers
3/4 Cup Water
Sliced Fresh or Frozen/Thawed Strawberries
Strawberry Syrup

On the website you’ll see a recipe a bit different than mine. Here’s my notes:

  • I prefer Bisquick over Fiber One because I’ve never tried the Fiber One. I’m sure you can use any pancake mix and it’ll work out just fine for you.
  • I didn’t pay attention to measurements for Syrup or Strawberries because I don’t believe in setting limits on toppings. If you’re a true adult you’ll be able to estimate how many strawberries you’ll need per person and how much syrup you generally like on your pancakes.
  • Our serving sizes are different. When I made this I was able to get 3 servings at 2 pancakes per person and I had a ton of leftover cream cheese filling. It’s a matter of how big you want your pancakes. My pancakes were about 3 inches in diameter.
  • Make sure you soften the cream cheese or you’ll have chunks and your filling will look a bit curdle-y.
  • The texture of your graham crackers should reflect how chunky you want your pancakes and if you’re using the OXO pancake squeezer tool thingy.

1. Mix cream cheese, pudding mix and milk until creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. Mix pancake mix, water and graham crackers until well blended.
3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Grease with butter or oil. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook until edges are dry and surface is bubbling. Flip for cook for another minute or less.
4. Layering should go like this: Pancake –> Cream Cheese Filling –> Strawberries –> Pancake –> Strawberries –> Syrup
5. Top with whipped cream if desired.

You will declare that this is the best thing you’ve ever eaten in your entire life (even without marijuana) but try not to eat it too fast. Happy New Year!! I raise my glass of sparkling grape juice to you!
xoxo Kim