Picnic Recipes and Games

Church Picnic Cake Recipes

After a Sunday mass or sermon, the church crowd can work up big appetites. Post-church picnics are the perfect opportunity to chow down and socialize with fellow congregation members. Most church picnics are potluck, and desserts are usually the most popular items that are brought to the event.

Of course, you can spend hours creating a cake from scratch that will taste good. But, in much less time, you can add a few extra ingredients to a box of cake mix, and create a dessert that is better than scratch. You don't even have to tell anyone that you used a mix!

When carrying a cake to a picnic, use an airtight, plastic cake dome. They are widely available at cooking stores and some grocery stores. Bring along a cake knife and serving spatula. Most cakes will hold up well for several hours outside. However, if there is a whipped cream topping or filling, it is best to keep the cake chilled until serving.

Chocolate Spice Cake
Serves 16

Oil and flour for greasing pans
1 package spice cake mix
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
teaspoon cinnamon
cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make sure rack is in the center of the oven. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Place cake mix, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and cinnamon into large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer for 30 seconds on low speed. Scrape sides of bowl, and mix an additional 2 minutes on medium speed. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide the batter between the pans. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cakes should spring back when lightly touched. Remove pans from oven and place them on wire racks to cool. Run a knife around the edge of cakes and invert each onto a rack. Allow to cool an additional 30 minutes. Frost cake.

Chocolate Frosting

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
7 tablespoons hot water
8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl and pour the water over it. Stir with a wooden spoon until cocoa comes together into a dough-like mass. Add the butter and blend with electric mixer on low speed until the mixture is soft. Place the sugar and vanilla in the bowl, and beat with the mixer on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed on the mixer to medium, and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add more water or sugar if it is too thick or thin.

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