Pinwheels and Cake – What a Combo!

A few days ago my sister was telling me about a block she is making for her current quilt project. It is a pinwheel and the petals are not sewn down, giving the block a 3D effect. She had a picture she found through Pinterest, but it didn’t link to a tutorial or even a website. I thought it sounded interesting and wanted to give it a try.

How cute is this?

Poinsettia quilt block

The green squares are 5″, and the red squares started at 4″. It was quick, easy, and I love the way it looks. This one may end up a hot pad since it was a test block, but I also think a table runner of these would be adorable. I think this block kind of looks like a poinsettia when done in the red and green.  I have enough of this fabric to make a few more blocks, but need something for a backing. Time to go digging through what’s left of my stash!

Speaking of a fabric stash, have you entered the giveaway for the Friday Bundle Batch from Fort Worth Fabric Studio that I’ll be drawing for on Friday? Don’t worry – there’s still time! Just visit the Main Crush Monday post and enter.

I was browsing their website today and found this bundle that would be perfect for making what I’m calling the poinsettia block. It’s called the Modern Holiday Basics bundle and is on sale! Whoop!!

modern-holiday-basicsNow, I bet you’re wondering where the cake part of this post comes in aren’t you?? Read on friends….

Last Thursday I decided it was time to try to get a handle on my sweet tooth. It is out of control. Like, I have a serious addiction to anything sweet. So I got all pumped up and was my own personal cheerleader  – I’m gonna kick the habit! Yep. Sure am…….

Then Friday morning hubby calls me from work, asking me to make a treat for him to take in to share with the guys. Sure, I’ll do that. What would you like?  His response was “Earthquake Cake.”

Earthquake Cake Recipe

Earthquake Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Have you guys ever eaten this? Oh my lordy….pure chocolate and sugar heaven. I’ve had the recipe for about 20 years and only make it every 3 or 4 years or so. It is that decadent.

Why is it called Earthquake Cake you ask? It has to do with the way the cake bakes up around the cream cheese mixture that has been added to the top of the cake and everything looks like it has erupted while baking. Then a rich chocolate glaze frosting is poured all over the top and sinks into the crevices. Devastatingly good.

Chocolate glaze frosting

See that scrumptious glaze??

I am soooo happy hubby was taking this cake to work. I love it, but I didn’t want to be within a mile of it for very long. I mean, I’m all pumped up to jump off the sugar train, and if I had to spend too much time with this cake in my house all bets are off!

Because I know that not all of you are a sugar addict like me and can control yourself, and there’s probably a bunch of you that would do most anything for chocolate, AND because I love all of you 🙂 I am sharing this recipe with you.

If you think coconut, pecans (or your favorite nut), german chocolate cake, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and cocoa partying together in the same pan sounds like a good time, I hope you’ll enjoy making the Earthquake Cake.

Click here for the printable recipe.

You can thank me later.

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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8 Responses to Pinwheels and Cake – What a Combo!

  1. Kate says:

    I love the pinwheel block, it looks so crisp. That cake looks seriously dangerous! I’ve been such a good girl with the sweets, I get two squares of dark chocolate for dessert after dinner these days. It curbs the worst of my sweet tooth.

  2. Tish says:

    This cake sounds like HEAVEN! And the pinwheel/poinsettia block is pretty darn cool. I will be interested to see what you end up doing with them and most importantly how you quilt them 🙂

  3. Interesting block. Will you be doing a tutorial for it? When I was a craft camp in Sept (I still have to blog about that experience), I took a class in 3-D blocks and made a bow tie block with only three seams. It went together fast. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  4. I love that pinwheel block! And chocolate 🙂 We have a huge amount of Halloween candy in the house now, so I’m trying to keep myself from eating all the chocolate!!

  5. Vicki in MN says:

    The Pinwheel block tute can be found at Missouri Star. I am pretty sure that is the one my friend used on her little table runners. OMG my sweet tooth is really crazy too!! I wish you luck, I have had none in kicking it in the but.

  6. Summer Daisy says:

    That pattern is really cute♥

  7. Nice pinwheel, I like the most that it looks like a real 3D pinwheel!

  8. I love the 3D pinwheel block – very effective. Just yesterday I tried a new recipe – chocolate velvet cake. I thought it was indulgent until I saw your Earthquake cake. OMG!

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