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Lori Ann

Slow Cooker Lemony Raspberry Lava Cake

Sometimes my cravings stray a little north of the usual chocolate on top of chocolate, with a side of something chocolatey.

Enter Mr. (or Mrs.) Lemon….

Before I go any further, it should be pointed out that this recipe requires a mini story.

Do you mind?

o.k. Thanks.

Back in the day, my mother in law owned a bakery and my favorite donut to sneak out of the display case was lemon filled and lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar.  My second favorite filled donut was raspberry, topped with the perfect dab of homemade vanilla icing.

So I guess my sweet tooth got a tad nostalgic the other day.

Which caused a slow cooker inspired concoction.

I found a box of lemon cake mix and lemon pudding in my pantry and the rest is history.

In my belly.

Slow Cooker Lemony Raspberry Lava Cake


  • 1 Box Lemon Supreme Cake Mix
  • Water,Oil, Eggs (as directed on cake mix box)
  • 1 Box Lemon Pudding (instant, 4 serving size)
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Cup Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips


  1. Prepare cake batter according to instructions on box. Pour batter into 4 quart slow cooker. Next, mix pudding with 2 cups milk. Whisk until smooth. Pour pudding mixture on top of the cake batter. DO NOT MIX. Top with frozen raspberries, then sprinkle with white chocolate chips. Cook on low for approximately 4 hours, or until cake begins to bubble in center. Center will be soft (like lava!). Serve warm with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

Stay Nostalgic, My Friends.


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Lori Ann

Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza




My Girlie Girl and I were invited to  cousin Amanda’s bridal shower a few Saturdays ago.  Exciting news right?  I’m laughing as I re-read this.

Can I take just a minute of your time to tell you all about Amanda?

This gal. This beer drinkin’, f-bomb droppin’ kind hearted sweetheart of a gal -Amanda.  Oh, and her favorite word is “Amazeballs

She’s marrying a really sweet guy, the Love of Her Life-

Mr Brandon.

And they are going to live happily ever after with their ducks named Polly, Dolly, Tex and Rex.

I don’t make this stuff up people

The Polly, Dolly, Tex, and Rex Duck House
The Polly, Dolly, Tex, and Rex Duck House

We were asked to bring a dessert to the shower since the family was preparing all the food themselves. (Which I love, by the way.)  There’s always such an awesome variety of meats, salads, and of course desserts to fill the ‘ole chinet paper plate up with.  Sometimes I have to make two trips to get it all!

Yes, I am that gal.

I decided to bring mini fruit pizzas.   I dug out my Mother In Laws recipe from many, many moons ago. And was a little more than surprised when I found it in a little recipe tin full of cards from when we were first married in 1993.

She used to make fruit pizza upon request, as a “birthday cake”, candles and all.

I cheated the recipe a little by using pre made sugar cookie dough, which I probably won’t do next time.  The pre made sugar cookies were a touch too sweet.

Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza


  • 24 Count Pre Made Sugar Cookie Dough (or your favorite homemade sugar cookies)
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch


  1. Bake sugar cookies as directed. Cool.
  2. Blend together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth, add vanilla extract.
  3. Spread cream cheese mixture on each cookie. Chill while making glaze.
  4. To make glaze, combine sugar, water, orange juice, lemon juice, and cornstarch in saucepan. Boil for 2 minutes or until liquid is no longer cloudy (clear). Cool.
  5. Garnish chilled cookies with fresh berries. Drizzle each cookie with approx. tablespoon of glaze.


Here’s to Amanda & Brandon!  (polly, dolly, tex, and rex too)



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Lori Ann

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