Blogger Spotlight.... 'The Country Cook'

     Well it's that time again folks. Time for me to introduce another fabulous food blog to you all! This gal is such a sweetie! Her name is Brandie.. a.k.a  Bean... (ha, sorry, inside joke).. lol! She is the wonder woman behind the scenes over at  The Country Cook. Brandie and I have become great bloggie buddies. I believe we first became friends over at Tasty Kitchen, and then she finally got her blog up and running in January, and we've been great friends ever since!

   Brandie's blog is filled with many delicious recipes. She has such a great personality that comes through in her writing. I love blogs like that! She makes you feel like you've been one of her friends for a long time! She has a super yummy treat to share with you all today, so I'll shut up now, and let her do her thing. Here's Brandie....

Hello everyone! First let me a give a big thank you to Holly for letting me have some fun on her blog today. I just adore Holly. She really is as sweet and real and as genuine as they come.  I was so tickled when she asked me to be a guest on her blog.

Holly wanted me to first say a few things about myself and why I got started blogging.  I explained to her that I am horrible at talking about me. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like to talk. I’m a Southern girl, so talking comes natural. Heck, I do some of my best talking in the checkout line! But talking about me is just different.

I’ll keep this as brief as possible so we can get to the good stuff.  I’m a momma, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a co-worker, a cook and lots more (but I’m trying to keep this brief).
Before I had a blog, I started sharing my favorite recipes over at Tasty Kitchen.  I meet some great people over there just by talking about food and recipes. Then I started finding out that folks were enjoying some of the recipes I shared (and they were kind enough to tell me so).  So I started a facebook page so we could not only chat about food and recipes but also just talk about day to day life and activities.
After a bit of nudging from my husband and a few dear friends, I went ahead and started a blog so I could chat even more. It’s been a way of cataloging some of my favorite recipes as well as sharing a bit about my everyday life.

So here I am. I do my best to put supper on the table each day. It doesn’t always happen as planned but I try my darndest! I don’t cook anything too fancy or gourmet. Just simple, everyday home cooking that your family will enjoy and that just about anyone can make.

Now, let’s get to some sweet treats, shall we? I’m gonna admit, this next dessert is a bit sinful. I’m a big practitioner of “everything in moderation”.  I enjoy my sweets (just not a great big helping of them).

This cake is seriously amazing. Take it to your next potluck and find out just how popular you become. It is that good! I cannot even explain the frosting on this...oh mercy, it is heaven!

My co-workers actually renamed this cake. The actual name given to this cake is “German Chocolate Cheesecake”. However, when I told them what I was bringing to share, they were expecting cheesecake with a German chocolate topping. Noooo, it’s a German chocolate cake with cheesecake running through it, I told them. So they ask, “Well, why isn’t it called German Chocolate Cheesecake Cake?”.  I said, “I don’t know, this is just what they call it. Will you just eat it?”. And they did. And they loved it. And they keep asking for more.  They are a spoiled bunch.

German Chocolate Cheesecake Cake
(For the cake)
1 package German Chocolate Cake Mix
(plus ingredients needed per package directions, usually eggs, oil & water)

(Cream cheese filling)
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter, cubed (not margarine)
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
1-1/2 cup chopped pecans

Prepare cake batter according to package directions; set aside.
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Gently pour cream cheese mixture over batter. Gently spoon remaining cake batter over top; spread to edge of pan.
Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 1 hour.
For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks Cook and stir over medium-low heat until thickened and a thermometer reads 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla; fold in coconut and pecans. Cool until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cooled cake.
Refrigerate leftovers. Makes about 16 servings

Brandie, thecountrycook

Wowza! I am making this one ASAP! Brandie, Thank you so much for sharing this dee-lish dessert with us! : )


Patrise said...

I love this cake I remember having it at a family reunion years ago. Iwill have to make it. ,Patrise.

spcookiequeen said...

I love this cake, never had one like it before, but I will change that. Great blog Holly, it's good to meet you. Glad you decided to start blogging Brandie.

Kimberly said...

Beautiful Cake! And a wonderful post (as always!) to both Brandie and Holly!

Jennifer said...

I love Brandie's blog and have been a "follower" for a while now :)
Awesome sounding cake! I am trying to drop some pounds and recipes like this don't help. But I can't just go cold turkey and not have any treats so I agree with "everything in moderation". Thanks for sharing this yummy treat. I've never seen anything like it.

carolinaheartstrings said...

Brandie, We love your blog too and visit often. Your cake looks amazing!!!! Cannot wait to make it.

Brandie said...

Thank you again for asking me to do this. It was so much fun! I really hope everyone loves this recipe!!

Brandie said...

Wonder Woman...LOL. I like that. Although I'm pretty sure I will never find a cape to match any of my shoes. ;o)

Patti said...

You know I love everything you make, and this cakes looks amazing. It's very different! This is going in my file. Great job Brandie!

Lizzy said...

Oh, man, this looks incredible, Brandie! Two of my favorite desserts combined...too yummy.

So nice to find your blog, Holly...any friend of Brandie's is a friend of mine :)

Ang said...

You know I'm a fan Brandie. This looks amazing, and I would have no convictions eating this one. Nope, not one bit:)

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

YUMM to that!

Brandie is a sweet lady, I know her through posting on my blog as well as on the Tasty Kitchen.

I have many recipes of her in my file :)

Val said...

What a wonderful looking cake!!!!

Becky said...

This a great cake or cheesecake cake and everything in moderation, right?

Nice to meet you, Holly, and your blog through Brandie. Her Mom and I have the same name:) I'll be back.

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

You must be reading my mind! I was just getting ready to look for German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake recipes for my husband's birthday tomorrow. This is perfect!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yummy! That cake looks so tasty! Good to see you over hear Brandie :)

4littlefergusons said...

Yay, Holly AND Brandie, 2 of my favorite food bloggers all in one place today! :)

Muriel Miller said...

Yum! This looks so good! I will definitely be trying this soon and I have tried many of Brandie's recipes off of tasty kitchen and have loved every single one of them!

Mateja ^_^ said...

Wonderful recipe from a wonderful lady! Have a great weekend, Holly :)

Candace said...

Hi Holly! I'm visiting from Brandie's blog and I'm your newest follower. Brandie's German Chocolate Cheesecake Cake looks amazing and so do the recipes you have shared on your blog, as well. You ladies have made me hungry tonight! I'm so happy you both are blogging. Have a great weekend, Candace

Holly said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments! I have been honored to have Brandie on my blog! So thrilled to have made so many new foodie friends because of her! Happy to meet you all : ) Bran- love ya tons girl!! Tonya- your such a sweetie!! : )

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Gosh. Put Brandie together with Holly and this cake is formed. Brilliant! Really enjoyed the post and thanks so much for making my day.
hanky panky...?! :-)

Martha (MM) said...

Brandie rocks! Great guest post :-)

Mandy said...

Great post, Brandie! Looks amazing!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Nice to meet you Brandie! Your cake looks scrumptious! :)

The Country Cook said...

This is what I love about guest blogging. I meet so many new people and I really enjoy reading everyone's comments.
Thank you again Holly for letting me do this and thank you to everyone for your amazing comments. I loved reading them!