Every Day Desserts….Dressed Up

It’s funny how the weather affects everything. The clothing you wear, the mood you are in, and the foods that end up on your menu. As the warmer weather is upon us, I instantly turn to quick prep foods that won’t heat up the house. Salads, fruit, and grilled foods all start popping up on our menu. The same thing goes for desserts. Simple is key. And when the weather is nice out, the last thing I feel like doing is being indoors and spending a lot of time cooking. I want go-to recipes and ingredients that dress up our every day recipes and still allow us the time to get homework done and go on an evening walk as a family.
I love using COOL WHIP Whipped Topping to dress up every day desserts. Mixed with fruit, combined with yogurt for a dip, as frosting for fruit pizza….it’s endless. I always have a tub or 2 in my freezer to add to a quick dessert. It’s the perfect short cut for creating quick week night treats…my technique to encourage the little ones to finish their dinner! 
I thought I would share one of my favorite short-cut dessert recipes.
Angel food cake is already delicious as is. Nobody can argue with that! But dress it up with with chocolate cream…..and it is amazing!
 Chocolate Cream Angel Food Cake. If you can stir, you can make this simple treat. It is as simple as that. All you need is an angel food cake (box mix or pre-made), COOL WHIP topping, and cocoa powder. Interested yet? Read on…
Chocolate Cream Angel Food Cake
1 angel food cake
12 ounces fat free COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1/2 cup baking cocoa, SIFTED
Gently fold baking cocoa into COOL WHIP topping until it is completely incorporated. Frost angel food cake with cream and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Chocolate curls are optional, but they are fun.  Simply peel a chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler. I think I only use 1/3 of a chocolate bar for the cake.
The chocolate cream is seriously good and also works wonderfully as a dip for fruit (think chocolate strawberries or bananas!) or inside homemade cream puffs. You could also cut up the angel food cake into cubes and serve the chocolate cream as a dip for it as well.
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If you aren’t a fan of chocolate (and I’ll be the first to tell you that you are crazy ;), you can omit the cocoa powder and simply frost your cake with the COOL WHIP topping.
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It’s all about easily dressing up your every day desserts. I’d love to hear about any recipes that you use COOL WHIP in for your week night menus!
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