Friday, May 10, 2013

It's A Piece of Cake!

Really and truly...

It is a  piece of cake. 

When you see how easy it is to create that cake I showed earlier in the week, you'll stop being impressed that I remade it a third time just to blog out some pictures.

'Cause you were impressed, right?

In full disclosure, I technically remade it because I  decided to invite a new woman from church and another friend over for a spontaneous lunch on Tuesday.  I took the photos because words like glob and smoosh make a little more sense when accompanied by a picture.

So here you go.
 I've named this cake Piece of Cake Cake
but you can call it 
Berry Grahamilicious Cake
if you have a mind to.  

You will need:  

1 package (as in package, not box) of graham crackers*
1 jar berry preserves (I used strawberry, but I think raspberry would be even better)
Cream cheese mixture:
      8 oz. cream cheese
      8 oz cool whip
      1 tsp.vanilla
      2/3 cup sugar or splenda
Extra whipped cream for frosting

Spread about 2 tablespoons of  preserves on the pierced side
 of 6 graham crackers

Then, glob some cream cheese mixture over the preserves

Stack the crackers carefully and top them
 with another cracker,  pierced side down

Gently pat it down to smoosh it together. 
Don't smoosh too hard,
 just enough to get the strawberries and cream cheese to the edges.
 It will ooze out so clean up the sides with a butter knife.

Wrap the stack firmly and refrigerate overnight.
(I put mine on a little piece of wax paper and then wrapped it with saran wrap.)

Unwrap in the morning
 and clean it up with the butter knife again.

Frost with a little whipped topping.

It's a cute little cake. You can get 5 large pieces or 6 smaller ones from one cake. 

That cream cheese mixture above makes enough for
  at least two and probably three little cakes.

I would know for sure but I ate my leftover cream cheese mixture on
National No Diet Day

Slice and serve

Trust me, folks. This is really yummy. The graham crackers puff up to have the texture and taste of a layer cake. Both groups of cake eaters thought it was a layer cake until I told them how I made it. 

Best of all, even though graham crackers are notoriously sugary,
 you can still reduce the sugar by using sugar free preserves, splenda. and cool whip. 

And that's all there is to it.
It's a Berry Grahamilicious Piece of Cake  

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One more thing...

Do not use Honey Maid graham crackers on this one, folks. They have scrunched their crackers down in size in that sneaky little way that food companies like to do. Your cake will be much smaller with Honey Maid than with a store brand like Great Value.  Plus, the Honey Maid cracks and crumbles easier. You don't save money when you waste half the crackers in the assembly. 

I can't believe I'm shouting out Great Value, but in this case I am. 


Debbie said...

Good morning! Oh this sounds wonderful! I love Graham crackers in almost anything. When I was in high school, my best friend and I would come home from a school dance or sport event and make our famous Graham cracker treats to chat over. We'd cover them in (real) butter, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar and put them in the oven for a few minutes...they were soo soft and yummy. But sometimes we'd cover them in cream cheese and raspberry jam....sorry, your cake made me think of this...haven't had these in years and years. Happy mother's day to you Debbie...hope you have a wonderful week-end!

Tricia said...

Wow, this sounds easy AND delicious! And here I was picturing you sawing a cake into paper-thin layers! I plan to give this a try soon!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

looks so delicious. but so bad for the waist line. oh, what the hay - enjoy it!! send me a piece, please. ( :

Sharon said...

My goodness - a simple AND delicious dessert?! Even this kitchen-challenged woman might be able to make this one. And the eating part? Piece of cake.


Barbara F. said...

I had no clue this was assembled with graham crackers. Graham crackers are allowed (two) on diabetic diets! Just not the ones with the cinnamon sugar topping. I have to try this. xo

Sharlotte said...

This looks so pretty! And after reading, so easy! I'm going to make this for Mother's Day for my mom. I love anything with cream cheese! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

K, this definitely looks a lot simpler than my lemon cake. I LOVE it and I'm trying it. Thanks for sharing.
Happy Mother's Day.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

so easy even I can do it !!!
don't you love how companies are squishing things down, fluffing packages up and charging more for less? (())

Angel said...

Oh my word, Debbie, this looks absolutely sinful and delicious! :)

Good tip on the Honey Maid brand. (Sadly I just bought some of those.) Oh well, back to the grocery store...

Have a great weekend!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That is a clever little cake! I like things that make fewer servings, there's a little less to tempt me! Happy Mother's Day Weekend Debbie-enjoy:@)

Lynn Richards said...

O.k., three cakes. And not once am I able to come over and at least smell one.
I seriously need to live closer to you.
Does anyone make gluten free graham crackers?

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hi Debbie... Delicious and Easy..... can't get better than that.....
Barb xx

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

So excited to try this! What a great idea.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Shut the door!!!! OMG, I thought this was some many layered, gourmet, sweat over the stove all day cake!! Cripes even I could do this...Thank you!!!


elizabeth said...

I'm pinning this one to try! Thanks for sharing your secret!

Nikki (Sarah) said...

okay...this is totally easy to make. Thanks for the recipe and the heads up about Honey Maid. I noticed some packages of our favorite stuff has gotten smaller too. Sneaky....

Hope the weekend shines for you Debby.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, MY GOODNESS!! How great is this!!!? I would never have thought this would be so easy and I LOVE the idea of it... and I'm thinking I'm gonna LOVE the taste of it, too!! THANK YOU, DEBBIE!! and, thank you for the Great Value info, too. blessings ~ tanna
ps I'll be honored to croak in the spirit right next to you. It will be croaking with JOY. ;)

Angela Ryder said...

This sounds delicious! I'm definitely giving it a try!~~Angela

kitty said...

What a perfect little cake, Debbie! Thanks for your tip about the brand, too. I can't wait to try this little gem of a cake. Happy Mother's Day!!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a clever idea for a cake and so pretty! Aaack, if I wasn't trying to cut back on surgar...I'm tempted :)

Gaby said...

Oh, I've been waiting! I can't wait to try this.

Christine said...

You've got to be kidding!
You are my kind of cook. Big splash with little work.
And yummy to boot.

I think it's funny that you did retakes for us. It is very much appreciated. I like it when cook books or bloggers have pics of their treats.
Good Job!

At The Picket Fence said...

That sounds so delicious and so easy! My kind of recipe!I hope you have a truly blessed Mother's Day Debbie and thank you so much for your sweet comments on my post(s). :-)

Denise said...

I can attest to the fact that your cake tastes as good as it looks. Simply delicious! For someone who proclaims to not being a cook, you've created some pretty amazing recipes lately. Great job!

Amy Kinser said...

Good gracious, this looks wonderful and does sound so easy. Can't wait to try!

Ms.Daisy said...

this is one I'm going to make for our Strawberry Festival luncheon on June 2nd at our church. Easy and looks so delicious!
P.S. Thanks for stopping by to see me and for your interest in my childhood stories. You make me want to keep writing. :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oooooooooh, Debbie! This cake looks DIVINE. YUM. I want a piece rifht now. RIGHT NOW. Too bad we can't reach through a computer screen. Even Mr. Magpie went, "Mmmmmmmmm" when he saw it roll up on the TV screen. I'm hooked up to his computer on a big screen.

I'm a little late blogging this week. I've been out of town sans computer, but I loved what you said about Mother's Day and totally agree. WONDERFUL post. WONDERFUL.

Love to you my friend, today and always...



Denise said...

I Love the GREAT Mother's Day tribute to our wonderful Duchess. She certainly taught us well, didn't she? Thanks for expressing what I don't have the talent to share. Love you both so very much!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Okay, Debbie, I had to jump down here 'cause I just couldn't help commenting on your Mother's Day post... I think I preached this to my children at Christmas when we gave them money for a "family adventure" instead of gifts... because all the STUFF comes and goes... but, the Memories are the glue that holds families together!! Say it, Sister!! blessings ~ tanna

Anonymous said...

Debbie, Blaming Mother's Sofa is divine. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and as usual, it tugged at my heart. I left quite a few trends when my little ones came into this world, but the truth of the matter is that I've always been a bit of a rebel when it comes to trends. Yeah, I did have the 80's mauve, but the younger I grew, the more I laughed at all the fish swimming in the opposite direction. ;) We just found a beautiful maple hutch when we moved to our new home this year and I had so many folks telling me to paint it white. Yeah, k. Don't get me wrong, I love all the shabby whites out there, but I'm not subjecting this beautiful craftsmanship to it...not to mention living with my husband when I wake up with painter's remorse. :)
Anywho, I'm glad to hear you are "flighty." Love having you at either page (now mostly at the table).
...and Happy Mother's Day...every day...

no spring chicken said...

Yum! It looks wonderfully 1950's-ish.. We must try this!

And about your Mother's Day post. You can't write something so wonderful and then say comments are off. You left me feeling a bit shaky because I MUST give a hardy HURRAY. I could so relate, from the '80s oak and blue and mauve to the wokky gripe sessions. I too realized something grand at an early age. Classic style. Classic style in dress, classic style in home decor. The trendy may scoff but I never feel dated.. and I can wear the same skirt for 8 years and sit on the sofa until it falls apart. So, my taste may not suit someone else but at least I'M always content. Of course I'd rather not talk about the indoor/outdoor carpeting in the bathrooms. I'm not kidding. That falls into the someday when the girls are grown and gone budget!

Blessings, Debbie

Chatty Crone said...

Girl that looks so delicious. Thank you. I am pinning this. Do you Pinterest? Anyway thanks for sharing. Hope you had a GREAT Mother's Day too! sandie♥

Laurie Ritchey said...

You just crack me up! This cake is making my mouth water, and I can't wait to make it. Are you saying you invented this recipe yourself? I would never have thought of using the graham crackers. I also LOVED your Mother's Day post - excellent! laurie

Debbiedoo's said...

Whoaaaaaa! Talk about wanting a midnight snack. Oh Debbie this is to die for!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Ohhh yummy cake - and I have a comment about Honey Maid Graham crackers - they are nasty - icky - awful - horrid. Does that get my idea across. I bought some recently, after a bit of a time out from Graham Crackers and they are not as crumbly when you bite them - they are more like chawing on sawdust - and don't taste as good and are ARTIFICALLY FLAVORED - flavored? Why would you want to flavor a graham cracker? Just make it like you used to when it was delicious crumbled in milk, yummy with marshmallows and hershey bars - or terrific with a little butter and peanut butter. Ok - I feel better - now I'm going to make your cake for tomorrow,


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