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Celebrate the tastes of Arkansas: Wicked Mix 

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When I was growing up we would spend every Christmas or Thanksgiving with my grandparents who lived in the Hill Country of Texas, a solid 6 hours from our home in the Panhandle. When you grow up in Texas, especially outside of the major cities, you just get used to having to travel longer distances to get places and so 6 hours was pretty average for us. But when you’re a kid that is still a long time to be stuck in a car, especially when your Hanson CD has repeated itself for the third time and you’re only a third of the way there.

Luckily my mom would always pack the leftovers from our Christmas plates, and so we were able to pass the time devouring cookies, fudge, smoked pecans, and all manor of treats that insured a massive sugar high. One of my favorites, though, was the Chex mix she would make – extra butter, extra Worchestershire sauce, extra garlic. It was so good.

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These days it’s not safe for me to make massive batches of cereal mixes because it will, without question, be eaten in a matter of hours. But that’s where Wicked Mix comes in. It has great crunch and flavor I love that it’s a local company – in fact, the offices are just a few doors down from where my husband works. I love that it’s spicy and sweet, super crunchy, and packed with a variety of ingredients. And I also love that the founder was simply making something he loved and then saw that it was so good he needed to share!

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While the star of the show in this cake is certainly the Wicked Mix itself – I used the Spicy Original, although chocolate-laced would be great too – I tried to replicate a little bit of the spice blend to give the entire cake a little sweet-and-spicy flavor. The mix of sweet, soft cake and spicy, crunchy Wicked Mix is sure to be a hit!

A few cook’s notes:

    • If you’re making this ahead of time wait to sprinkle the cake with the Wicked Mix until right before serving to keep the crunchy texture fully intact. It will stay crunchy even after a few hours, but no one likes soggy pretzels or cereal!
    • I made my cake in 6-inch cake pans, even though the recipe called for 8-inch, because I wanted the layers to be taller. Feel free to do either.
    • If you’re planning on serving this immediately, sprinkling the Wicked Mix on top of the middle layer of frosting is a great idea.

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Heather Disarro: Wicked Mix Chocolate Cake {Foodie Friday}

Ingredients

  • ngredients:
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 16-ounce box devil’s food cake mix
  • 3 cups preferred chocolate frosting (store bought or homemade)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 7-ounce)bag Wicked Mix Spicy Original, lightly crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Spray two 6- or 8-inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, water and vegetable oil until well-mixed.
  4. Add the cake mix, Worchestershire sauce and 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and whisk for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake according to package directions until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake layers cool completely before frosting.
  7. In a bowl combine the frosting, remaining cayenne pepper and ground cinnamon.
  8. Stir until completely combined. Set aside until ready to frost.
  9. To build the cake, cut the domed part off of the layers so that they will lay flat.
  10. Place one layer in the middle of a cake plate.
  11. Top with about 1/2 cup of the frosting and spread to the edges of the layer.
  12. If desired, sprinkle 1/4 cup of Wicked Mix on top.
  13. Top with the second layer, then spread the top with another cup of frosting.
  14. Spread to the edges, then down the sides of the cake, gently spreading the frosting over the cake.
  15. Use more frosting if needed to cover the cake
  16. Sprinkle evenly with Wicked Mix and serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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Heather Disarro_1_Lowres2Heather Disarro is a food-centric lifestyle blogger who is passionate about embracing the beauty that surrounds us in our everyday lives. She is a Texan living the expat life in central Arkansas with her husband, two sons, and two massive dogs. Heather writes her blog, Heather’s Dish, from an office filled with dust, dog fur, toys and plenty of love, grace and music. She revels in the opportunity to bring the love of cooking to the world as a way to love others well! You can also find Heather on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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A Hometown Tour

May 26, 2016

by Shea Fogerty

I love a good home tour, getting to see the creative side of another family.  Coming away with inspiration to get out and create.  So today, I wanted to step that up a notch and provide you with my hometown tour.

Welcome to Arkadelphia!

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As you enter town, you are greeted by the local water tower with our slogan “Arkadelphia It’s a great place to call home!” In 1998, we were nearly whipped off the map by a huge EF-4 tornado.  Not long after, this slogan was created and efforts were ramped up to make our sweet town a wonderful and revitalized home.

I love that we still have a historic downtown area, even after all that destruction.  Thanks to the Downtown Arkadelphia movement, it is continuing to grow.  We have been able to enjoy block parties and yearly festivals such as the Arkadelphia Crawfish Festival and Arktoberfest.  You can find the old, our library, and the courthouse; along with the new, Slim and Shorty’s is a great place to grab a burger and catch a game.

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Just off the downtown area, you will run into our two local colleges.  Arkadelphians are divided on all college matters, especially in November; you can either be a Henderson Reddie or an OBU Tiger, but you can’t be both. 

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Come one November Saturday afternoon, the battle heads across the ravine in what has been nationally touted as the shortest away game on record.

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Besides being known for the town with two colleges, we are also the town of two rivers.  It is just outside of town that the Caddo and the Ouachita merge.  Summer days are often filled with float trips, boat rides and snow cones down at Cajun Snow.  Or, if you want some wild water fun, you can visit our Aquatic Park.

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Before you leave town, make sure to stop by for some good ol’ BBQ and a sweet treat.  There really is something for everyone here in small town Arkadelphia. 

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Shea blogs over at The Fogue Abode.  She loves writing about thrifty ways to decorate your space.  They are currently fixing up their version of a fixer upper.  Besides a novice interior decorator, she’s also a rookie mom.  If she it’s not paint in her hair, that may be baby powder.   Check her out on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

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