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Dec 3, 2008 01:27 PM

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I got the following recipe from Krissywats, who has dubbed it "Pumpkin Crack" because of how people go apeshit for it. And she feels a bit "dirty" making it because, while normally in her cooking, she's very organic, from scratch, injected with love and care yadda yadda yadda, this is easy and almost a cop out because it uses processed ingredients and is about as bad for you as it gets. And yet it's a hit, as is the one I made the other night for Triple Chocolate Mess. So I submit both recipes for your dirty pleasure, and recommend them if you have to come up with an easy to make dessert that people will love. Any more to add?

Pumpkin Crack

One 16 oz can of pumpkin
Large can of sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs
one cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
box yellow cake mix (non-pudding)
two sticks melted butter
one cup chopped pecans

Mix the pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamom and nutmeg in a bowl. Pour into a greased 9X13 or two round pans. Sprinkle 1/3 of the dry cake mix over the top and gently swirl it into the wet ingredients with a knife. Then sprinkle the rest of the dry cake mix on top.. Pour the melted butter evenly on top of the mixture, and sprinkle with the pecans.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour- it's done when brown around edges.

Triple Chocolate Mess in a Crock Pot

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 pint sour cream
1 package instant chocolate pudding (any size)
1 (6 oz.) package chocolate chips
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup water

Spray crock-pot with non-stick spray. Mix all ingredients, pour into crock pot. Cook on low 6-7 hours. Do Not Lift Lid!

Serve hot in the crockpot with ice cream or whipped cream.

(I didn't get any of it when it was freshly made but hubby reports it was the most popular dessert at the potluck. I had some reheated and it was still very good. It definitely needs something like vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to balance it out.

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  1. I once made a cookie recipe out of morbid curiosity. It had no actual ingredients, just a box of cake mix, a container of cool whip, and a half cup of egg beaters. People LOVED them. I thought they were messy, difficult, outrageously chewy, and rather scary (but that's because I knew the "ingredients.") ;-)

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    1. re: modthyrth

      my family makes a "ministers cake" that uses yellow cake mix, topped with pecans and melted butter (actually marg in the original recipe) over thickened cherries (or cherry pie filling. Its always a hit . There is nothing so terrible in the cake mix ingredients, so why not if the results are pleasing?

      I draw the line at purchasing cool whip, tho (I wont)

      1. re: jen kalb

        My MIL used to make a sheet cake that involved white cake mix, first you bake and then poke holes in it and pour red jello over to make stripes inside, then topped with Dream Whip mixed with cocoa or instant coffee. Do they still make Dream Whip, I wonder? It was a very festive looking cake anyway, and tasted fine.

        1. re: coll

          OH YEAH! I have a huge weakness for this dish. My mom makes it, and calls it "Poke-n-Pour Cake"....

          1. re: dingey

            She called it "Rainbow Cake", maybe she used two different color jellos? Anyway I used to like it, wonder what I'd think now? Haven't had since the '70s, would be a great dessert at a retro party.

            1. re: coll

              Always called "white Trash Cake" in our house! we made it for a "white trash" theme party a while ago, and it was a huge hit (used cool whip for the topping: nothing organic allowed!). The party was a lot of fun - for many of us it was back to our roots time. I brought a jello, cherry, and Coke salad from a Georgia Future Homemakers fundraising cookbook - and was thrilled to learn it was the only thing The White House pastry chef had said 'no' to making.

          2. re: coll

            Poke cake. America's Test Kitchen did one last year that looked pretty good.

            1. re: coll

              Yes, they still make Dream Whip. I looked it up last year. I bet my family in Indiana still buys it.

              1. re: Eileeeen

                Actually I just passed an entire end cap filled with it at the local supermarket! So definitely people still buy it. It's probably because it hasn't crossed my mind in years, until this thread jogged my memory.

              2. re: coll

                My local Safeway carries Dream Whip :=)

              3. re: jen kalb

                jen kalb, I have been looking for that recipe for years. Used to make it twenty years ago when I was teaching in Texas, and we called it "Dump Cake". Don't remember the exact recipe, but it used the yellow cake mix, topped with cherry pie filling, a can of crushed pineapple, the pecans and melted butter (there may have been other ingredients, but I don't think so), then baked for a short time. Incredibly delicious, the pineapple's tartness cuts through the sweetness of the cherries and sugary cake mix.

                I'd be afraid to make it now (might eat the whole thing!).

                1. re: ideabaker

                  Ideabaker - I could get you the recipe <testing your willpower>

                  1. re: ideabaker

                    southern dump cake, voila:

                    but i don't recall dump cake on a sheet pan, but in a 9x13 pan.

                    and i think they still make dream whip, cause i used some in a "cheesecake" fantasy i concocted last year.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      I made this and took it to a potluck last night. They ate the whole thing, not a scrap left! I'll have to admit, it was pretty tasty, although awfully sweet. I did get asked for the recipe, and got looks of disbelief over the ingredient list.

                    2. re: ideabaker

                      I think this cake also goes by POKE cake because you bake and then poke holes throught the top for the jello to soak in through...

                      1. re: ideabaker

                        A dear friend makes Dump Cake and it is FANTASTIC!

                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                          yes - Dump Cake is the one you take to a potluck in a foil pan, because you want to avoid that crowd of people hanging out to see who claims the're almost embarrassed to tell anyone how stupid-simple something so tasty can be (and that it's nothing but a box of cake mix, a stick of butter, and a can of pie filling)

                    3. re: modthyrth

                      oh!!! my friends and i made these at slumber parties in middle school! i loved them! we used lemon cake mix and called them "lemon drop cookies" or something like that. thanks for reviving a fond memory. i'll have to make these again, sometime.

                    4. Just remembered another one for "Dirt Pudding":

                      1 (24 oz.) pkg. Oreo cookies, crushed
                      1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
                      1/2 c. butter, softened
                      1 c. powdered sugar
                      1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip
                      2 (5 1/2 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix

                      Mix together cheese, butter and sugar until they are well blended. Add to this mixture the pudding mix and Cool Whip.

                      In a flower pot or large container put a layer of the crushed cookies then a layer of pudding. Repeat layers, end with cookies on top so it looks like dirt. If you want, layers some gummy worms throughout. Put artificial flower in the pot.

                      I recall doing this at a holiday meal when we were kids. We kept it on the table the entire meal and then after dinner we got a spoon and started scooping out of what seemed to be the centerpiece. My young cousin looked at us like we were nuts, sniffed and said "we don't eat dirt at OUR house!"

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                      1. re: Chris VR

                        I had a friend whose family made dirt pudding (with gummy worms and marshmallows) for earth day.

                        1. re: Chris VR

                          My mom pulled a similar trick at a holiday party once. She put the cake in a plastic flowerpot, and put fake poinsettias in the cake. She presented it to the hostess as a gift, and she stowed it in a back room because the house was full of beautiful real ones. Mom later got her fake from the back room and put it in the middle of the table, and it was moved off again.

                          At the end of the meal, Mom pocketed a spoon and went into the back room, making something of a show of looking dejected. The hostess followed her, and found her sitting cradling the fake poinsettia. Mom then said she felt so bad about bringing a fake plant when the house was full of real ones, saying it made her feel so bad that she could eat dirt. She then dug into the flowerpot and ate a big spoonful.

                          The hostess was horrified until Mom started laughing & explained that the fake plant was indeed cake. :) Everyone thought this was a great prank (and they enjoyed the cake, too).

                        2. My son's favorite vegetable - Corn and Green Bean Casserole- there's nothing redeeming about this.

                          2 cans french green beans
                          2 cans white shoepeg corn
                          2 cans cream of celery soup
                          1 cup sour cream
                          1 cup grated cheddar

                          stir together and top with 1 row of crushed ritz crackers stirred with 1 stick of melted butter. Microwave on high for 9 minutes, and serve.

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                          1. re: jeanmarieok

                            this sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen, albeit a tasty sounding concoction

                          2. Why, Paula Deen's Pine Bark, of course...also called Matzoh Crack on other boards...jeez, this stuff goes like wildfire at our church is really great...


                            Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip is also downright NASTY and oh-so TRASHY! but quite the crowd pleaser!

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                            1. re: Val

                              I had no idea that Paula Deen has offically approved this recipe!! I make a very similar one (got it from Leite's Culinaria) using chocolate chips instead of candy bars, and sprinkling with chopped nuts. My kids call it "crack" and will not let me attend a family function unless I bring it. And the matzoh version is great for Passover, too!

                              1. re: Missyme

                                Missy, I use choc chips too! The salty-sweet combo is what makes it so darn good, in my opinion, though I've heard of versions using graham crackers instead of saltines. Great stuff and so easy!

                              2. re: Val

                                Aw, and I was gonna list Bonnies Buffalo Dip. That stuff is just bleepin' addictive. I feel guilty for making it and even guiltier for eating it but it's sooooo good.

                                And the matzah crunch (credit where credit is due - to Marcy Goldman) is great with any kind of chopped nuts on top. Drizzles of white chocolate also look good on it.

                                1. re: Val

                                  Can you guys post a link to thie buffalo chicken dip? 'Stead o' just making us wonder and salivate? :P


                                  1. re: Bratdawg

                                    Here you go, it's really rich and gooey. A little too much for me!

                                  2. re: Val

                                    This looks so evil, I'm going to have to try it. I'll definitely cut the recipe in half, though, to minimize the damage. LOL!


                                    1. re: Val

                                      You beat me to Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken Dip (found it here on Chowhound.) People go WILD! for it. I'm a legend in my kids' circle of friends for introducing it--it's taken on an iconic status.

                                      1. re: Val

                                        It basically looks like a thinly disguised variant of Tutt's (misspelled?) Toffee, which my mother's old school friend used to make. Tutt's Toffee has the same saltine cracker base, but I think there is more emphasis on the brown sugar and butter component, which makes it taste sort of like a heath bar.

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