Snack Like a Southerner: Homemade Snowballs

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Ingredients:

For the chocolate cake:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups milk

For the filling/frosting:
6 room temperature egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2 cups shredded coconut
3 drops red food coloring

Chocolate Cake:

Step One:

"In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla."

Step Two:

"In another bowl whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Add about half the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture, pour in the milk, and then the rest of the flour mixture, until just combined."

Step Three:

"Ladle batter into greased muffin/cupcake tins and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 15 minutes."

Step Four:

"Let cool completely before beginning the next step, which is to cut a cone out of the bottom of each cake. Trim (and discard, if you wish) the pointy end, leaving only a small circle to cap the cake once filled."

Filling/Frosting:

Step One:

"In the bowl of a stand mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form."

Step Two:
"In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool until the syrup reaches 242 Farenheit."

Step Three:
"Slowly pour syrup into the egg whites, followed by the vanilla and coconut extracts. Whip for another ten minutes, until the mixture is thickened and room temperature. Meanwhile, process coconut until fine in a food processor, adding the food coloring, if desired."

Step Four:
"This goes in a shallow bowl for rolling/sprinkling the almost-finished product. Use a pastry bag (or Ziplock with the corner cut out) to fill each cupcake, and replace cake cap, leaving upside down for frosting. With a small spatula coat the sides and bottom with a light layer of frosting, then add the coconut sprinkles."

Enjoy!

Snack Like a Southerner: Ambrosia

Ingredients:
1 package mini marshmallows
8oz whipped topping
1/2 cup sour cream
1 can diced peaches
1 can crushed pineapple
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 cup shredded coconut
1tsp coconut extract

Step One:
Drain the syrup or juice from the peaches, pineapple and cherry containers. SAVE THE SYRUP AND JUICES. Set the juices aside.

Step Two:
Combine marshmallows, whipped topping, sour cream, diced peaches, crushed pineapple, cherries, coconut and extract into a large bowl. Mix. **NOTE: I like to use a large Ziploc baggie for mixing things because it's just shaking at that point and I don't have to waste a bowl or spatula**

Step Three:
Eyeball your ambrosia. Does it need more of anything? Does it need to be juicer? Add one of the syrups--pineapple may be best. Does it need more texture? Add more coconut.

Step Four:
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step Five:
Enjoy!