Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chocolate Marshmallow Loafs

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My youngest daughter was beyond excited when she saw what Good Cook sent me in exchange for a review of my honest opinion.  I received  a Sweet Creations Mini Loaf Pan and some cute White Snow Flake Parchment Paper to wrap my treats in.  I have never baked with a loaf pan before, and my daughter was determined to make some chocolate cake loafs, so we got busy experimenting.  Well, really she experimented, I was pretty much kicked out of the kitchen to just supervise and be on hand for questions.

After fielding a few questions such as where to place the rack in the oven (center slot), and if mini marshmallows and chocolate balls could go in a cake (only one way to find out), she got busy with a box of chocolate cake, some mini marshmallows, and some candy coated chocolate balls.  Cake directions said to grease and flour the loaf pans.  Just a tip: spray all four sections lightly, then flour each section one at a time.  My daughter threw flour in all four sections after she greased them,  then was fussing at how to move the flour in one section without losing the flour in the other three sections.  There was a bit of discussion on how long to bake them.  My daughter decided to try for 30 minutes since they were larger than a cupcake, but smaller than a round cake.  The Mini Loaf Pan worked out perfectly for us.  My daughter was easily able to remove the loafs from the pan, which has always been an issue for her.  The pan was very easy to clean and it was not long before she had her second set of loafs in the oven.  We did learn a couple things with my daughters experiments.  Mini marshmallows do not sink in cake batter, but the candy coated chocolate balls we used do.  Not that there was any issue with eating the loafs with an extra chocolaty bottom.

The parchment papers were a perfect fit for the mini loafs.  I first wrapped each one up in some plastic wrap, then handed them over to my daughter to wrap with the paper and some ribbon.  We gave several loafs to extended family and we received nothing but  rave reviews, and everyone commented on how they liked the mini marshmallows on top.  It was great to see my daughter bashfully accept the compliments, and family has already put in an order for her chocolate loafs for Christmas!

1 box chocolate cake mix (and everything it says on the box to make it)
mini marshmallows
candy coated chocolate balls (optional as they will sink to bottom)


Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare cake batter as directed on box.  Fill each section of mini loaf pan about half way with batter, and top with 10 mini marshmallows and 5 chocolate balls.  Bake for 30 minutes and let cool to the touch before removing from pan.  Slice to share, or just bite off chunks and enjoy one all by yourself.