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Mega Give Aways and a Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake


Hello, I have a very exciting week ahead of me for Sweet and Crumby and for you, my awesome readers. I have TWO GREAT GIVE AWAYS this week so you may want to become a subscriber so you are notified when those posts go up. The first give away is for an awesome selection of Halloween Inspired goodies from McCormick! You’ve got to come back tomorrow for the “reveal” to enter.

I have also been visited by the Fairy Hobmother from Appliances Online and WON a $100 Amazon Gift Card by commenting on Angie’s Recipes!  I will get to participate in the fun of helping the Fairy Hobmother give out a $100 Amazon Gift Card this week so stay posted on the posts!

Please excuse the very horrible lighting.

But for today, I have a re-post of one of my FAVORITE bundt cakes which is a chocolate cake with a tunnel of coconut cake running through the middle and is perfect for a Halloween themed dinner table.  This post is in loving memory of Fluffy, our pet tarantula.

“WHO has a pet tarantula?!!!”, you ask yourself.  Am I right?  Well, it didn’t happen on purpose, I can tell you that, and technically she ended up being my husband’s pet tarantula since he kept her at work per my not-so-gentle request.

Let’s start at the very beginning…To say that I LOVE Halloween would just trivialize my feelings about it.  It is a go-crazy holiday at my house.  I love to cook, decorate and throw parties in honor of Halloween.

That’s pretty funny since I am the biggest scaredy cat on the face of the earth.  I will NOT go to any kind of Haunted House since people might and do pop out at you, I hate horror movies and I am not really a big fan of gross.  But I do LOVE cute witches, pumpkins, spiders and the like.

Although, in the last few years I have tried to up-scare my house by placing skeleton heads and hands crawling out of my front lawn with gravestones next to them.  I also have a spooky candelabra on the piano and a few other scary items.  You see, I’m trying to keep up with my aging kids so they don’t get embarrassed that all we have up are cutesy ghosts and pumpkins.  So uncool.  I try to stay make a ridiculous attempt to be cool.  I have a feeling it’s a fruitless endeavor though.

Anyhow, basically that huge interruption was just to let you know that my house is adequately decked out at this time of year.  One year, when I was cleaning my front entry (or in reality stopping by the big bowl of Halloween candy for just one miniature chocolate), I noticed a particularly good spider-like decoration on the bottom step of my staircase.  Wow, it was pretty realistic…it was big, hairy and brownish…just like a tarantula.  Most Halloween fakey spiders are black and rubbery looking.  I must have spent a pretty penny on that guy, I thought.

Then it dawned on me, maybe this guy wasn’t a fake so I called for back-up.  The spider remained perfectly still while my husband, son, daughter and I all scrutinized it, and we all agreed that it must be a fake (albeit a very good one) and that I just hadn’t remembered buying it or placing it there.

My husband, being the great dad and fearless leader that he is, wanted to be 100% certain of its fakeness and went to get a jar to place over it, just in case.  While he went to get the jar, I peered very closely at this guy, sure it was not real.  My nose was about 2 inches from it as I stared, thinking, “Wow this is an awesome fake.”   When my husband appeared with the jar, he placed it over the spider, and it JUMPED and sprawled rapidly as it was put into the jar. I believe my scream was heard several houses down the street.

To make a long story even longer, my husband called our local Nature Center to inquire about tarantulas.  He was told that once they make it inside your home, it’s a sign that they are not thriving in the wild.  Well, true or not, we believed it hook, line and sinker and being the humanitarian, animal, reptile and now arachnid-loving people that we are, we kept her (we had found out it was a girl)—of course named her Fluffy and sent her to live at my husband’s office since he was the one so keen on keeping her and feeding her live crickets (YUCK! Still not a fan of gross).

The little homemade chocolate spider on my cake is a Fluffy likeness and fondly reminds me of her.  She actually was a pretty good pet and fairly interesting to watch when she molted and would leave an entire sheath of herself behind as she took on her new “skin”.  Oddly enough I was sad when she moved on– several years later–to greener pastures.

This particular cake was from Cooking Light way back in 1996 (OUCH! I just seriously dated myself), and the white icing is supposed to look like a spider web.  Mine does not, but perhaps yours will.  It is absolutely chocolate and coconut deliciousness though.  It’s soft and spongy, with a mild coconut flavor tunneling through the center and it’s oh so simple.   I usually serve it with a small scoop of coconut gelato to complete the dessert.

I hope you enjoy it and keep coming back for more Halloween inspired desserts and fare.

Chocolate Macaroon Tunnel Cake
Adapted from Cooking Light, October 1996
1 1/4 c. sugar
6 T. vegetable oil
3 large eggs
3 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 salt
1 1/2  c. buttermilk
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 c. flaked sweetened coconut
1 1/2 t. coconut extract
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa, good quality makes a big difference
Cooking spray
3/4 c. sifted powdered sugar
1 T. milk

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a bundt pan generously with nonstick cooking spray.  Combine sugar and oil in the bowl of a stand mixer, beating well at medium speed.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour through salt in a separate bowl and whisk together to avoid sifting.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.  Mix after each addition.  Stir in vanilla.

Reserve 1 c. of the batter in a medium bowl and set aside.  Add cocoa powder to remaining batter in large bowl; stir well.  Reserve 1 c. of the chocolate batter and set aside.  Pour remaining chocolate batter in the prepared pan.  Combine reserved white batter with 1 t. coconut extract and flaked coconut.  Spoon coconut batter in a tunnel in the center of the chocolate batter.  Top with remaining 1 c. chocolate batter.  Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan.  Cool on a wire rack completely.

For the web-like icing: Combine remaining 1/2 t. coconut flavoring, powdered sugar and skim milk; beat until smooth.  Drizzle over cake.  Serve with coconut gelato or vanilla ice cream.

28 thoughts on “Mega Give Aways and a Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake

  1. What a fun week ahead – good luck to all of your entrants.
    Super bundt cake recipe.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Chocolate, coconut and a wonderfully wild-mild spider, all in one post. Hurray! Perfectly Halloween-ready.

  3. How brilliant! The idea is fantastic – reminds me of the cookie inside a cookie I posted a couple days back
    Now it’s cake turn 🙂

  4. Congrats on winning! This cake looks fun and tasty!

  5. Okay, so I thought you’d hit my chocolate spot several posts ago, but I was wrong. So wrong. This will most likely go down as one of my most favorite cakes. Just as soon as I make it. I need a reason…. like you suggest, Halloween should work, right?? And crazy, crazy about the spider (though I almost didn’t read that part as I was mesmerized by the cake!).

  6. BOUNTY cake!!! Woot woot, happy days and crazy dance! This looks great.

    PS Can you tell I’m tired?

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  7. omg.. ive got this urge to eat anything chocolate… ur cake looks just PERFECT!!

    love the mixture of colour!!!

  8. wow! what a cake! that is soooo impressive!

  9. Animal lover that I am, I could NEVER stand to have a tarantula in the house! I would have to escort it back outside. But I commend your husband on his ability to take care of Fluffy! And this cake looks like an excellent tribute to her. Love the spiderweb frosting!

  10. Ummm . . .that cake looks amazing. Chocolate and coconut are meant for each other.

  11. Wow, a tarantula? I had to give in for my son to have a snake as a pet, but I’d have to draw the line on any spiders!! I’d love to see some pics of your decorations! I’m a huge halloween fan too! I go for anything burnt orange, grey and black!! So that means pumpkins, skelatons and bats!! This cake for sure will be one of my halloween desserts – the icing looks drippy good and the coconut middle…oh my!

  12. What a beautiful cake! I loved your story about Fluffy, and I can sympathize with your husband. I have to buy live crickets to feed to my daughter’s gecko! You get used to it, really you do.

  13. What a pretty cake! Even though it’s supposed to look like spider webs I think it’s actually really pretty. 🙂 And I love chocolate/coconut combos!

  14. Oh I love that cake, n that tarantula story was scary, 2″ away from it, huuu …. good that u just screamed, I would have screamed n run like Kevin n Home Alone.

  15. Congratulations!! ;-)) And thank you so much for the shout-out too.
    So now I am ready for a large slice of bundt cake..looks divine!

  16. l dont mind the lighting the cake looks awesome anyways

  17. This looks fantastic, Geni! I love all that coconut. YUM.

  18. Congrats on the gift card. This cake looks interesting, one of the most interesting looking bundt cakes I have seen

  19. What a beautiful bundt cake! Not so scary but I bet it’s delicious.

    Congratulations on your Fairy Hopmother’s visit. 🙂 $100 Amazing Gift Card!? That’s so generous! I would love a Fairy’s visit especially this time of the year when I want to be prepared for the holidays! 🙂

  20. I still cannot get over that you had your face that close to a real tarantula! I’m freaking out just thinking about it. 🙂

  21. Seems so beautiful and I want to taste it! Should be so delicious. Thank you dear Geni, with my love, nia

  22. congratulations on winning 🙂
    this is one yummy cake

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