Illegal In Alabama

I am literally writing this post in the middle of the night. Why, you ask? Because the Peanut thinks 4am is a great time to be silly and play. This is exactly why G-d made babies cute; because otherwise, you’d lose your damn mind. She’s currently rolling around in her crib blowing raspberries and wrapping herself up in her blankets. According to her, this is the funnest thing since she was dropping her toy from her high chair and watching me pick it up over and over and over and over and over again.

No one knows how crappy television is in the middle of the night like nursing mothers. So far I’ve learned that Newt Gingrich lost the Florida primary and apparently doesn’t give a damn, there’s a new magic chopper, someone is doing something on Cinemax which I am pretty sure is illegal in Alabama, and super early news show anchors are approximately 15 years old. It also seems if you take Pfizer birth control, YOU’RE GETTING PREGNANT!! Seriously, they were recalled. Hope you like blogging at 4am!! It’s coming your way!

Today is What I Ate Wednesday thanks to the super sexy Jenn of Peas and Crayons, so I best get on with it. Today’s WIAW will feature a recipe so damn good that I hope it goes viral. I think what they were doing on Cinemax was due to the fact that they got so excited eating this cake.

Breakfast was a real surprise, OATS!!! Hey, at least I put chocolate chips in it for the picture. Coach’s Oats with a lot of water, and sweetened with honey.

Your eyes do not deceive you, it’s basically a bathtub of coffee. Don’t judge.

Lunch was also super creative. PB on whole wheat with honey, carrots, and an apple. I know, you’re riveted.

Dinner was different. I had a salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing and *tried the chicken wings I made. I still don’t like chicken skin, and wings have plenty of it, so I just ate more salad.

You can’t see the tofu chunks, but they’re in there. I could eat pounds of salad in japanese dressing.

after the pump I had a Chobani yogurt, that came as a part of a killer care package from Chobani for my love of all things Cho.

Since it was run AND bodypump, I snacked on THIS.

Does that cake look like a familiar cookie to you? A Samoa cookie perhaps? That’s exactly what it tastes like, too. A Samoa in cake form. A rich, brown sugar cake marbled with a chocolate cake, topped with a dulce de leche coconut buttercream and drizzled with chocolate. It’s positively sinful. I have a thing for girl scout cookies since my mom completely hijacked my ability to be one.

Does this cake have a crapton of steps? yes. Are any of them hard? not remotely. It’s worth all the time you put into it. They’d also be absolutely adorable baked in donut pans!!! I was just too lazy.


Girl Scout Cookie Samoa Cake

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 5 hours (mostly downtime)

Cook Time: 1 hour

Keywords: dessert cake


  • For the cake-this is a marble, so you make 2 separate batters.

Batter number 1

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup ap flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk-WHOLE

for batter #2-This is the HERSHEY’S COCOA RECIPE, NOT MINE.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 T ap flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 T cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup milk

for the frosting

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 T vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • topping 1 1/2 cups toasted coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted


Before you do anything, either stick the can of condensed milk in your crock pot and submerge it by at least 3 inches and cook it on medium for 10 hours or on high for 7. Alternatively, you can boil it on the stove FULLY SUBMERGED AT ALL TIMES for 4 hours. Let it cool.

Preheat the oven to 350F

these instructions apply to both batters separately

beat liquids/wet ingredients on medium high (except for boiling water in the cocoa cake)

sift in dry ingredients until combined.

(add boiling water for cocoa cake HERE)

Grease and flour the bundt pan WELL

layer the cake pouring some of the brown sugar batter, then cocoa batter, then brown sugar, until both batter bowls are empty.

tap bundt pan to remove bubbles

bake approximately 1 hour or until skewer inserted in center comes out clean


For the frosting

toast sweetened flaked coconut either on a cookie sheet in the oven on 350F tossing occasionally or in a dry skillet constantly stirring until desired color is reached.

beat cooled cooked condensed milk, butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and salt for 3 minutes.

add in 1 cup toasted coconut.

chill for 1 hour

frost cake with frosting and top with remaining toasted coconut.

melt chocolate chips in the microwave, place in a pastry bag with a small tip or ziploc bag with a corner cut out about 1/4″ up from the corner, and drizzle stripes on the cake.


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71 thoughts on “Illegal In Alabama

  1. OH.MY.GAWD if my teen daughter sees this she'll insist I make it... yesterday i didnt'm juice fasting right now now off to pin this recipe so I can make it for daughter sometime
  2. learned so much watching tv at 4 a.m. I love your WIAW because it is actually stuff I would eat and that makes me happy:) I hope you get a nap or something today! I need to make the samoa cake...holy cow that looks good. I am talking about girl scout cookies in my next post...great minds think alike.
  3. My mom never let me join Girl Scouts either...therefore, i purchase every box of samoas I can get my hands on. I'm not ashamed to admit, i'm obsessed. Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to try this one! And I really will.
  4. This looks awesome! Can't wait to make it. Does it matter what chocolate cake recipe I use for the chocolate batter? I have mine that I love. Was yours a full recipe (about 5-6 cups of batter) or half?
  5. I am SOOO making this.... looks delish!! thnkx for posting it up! i'm just wondering how it tastes like, is it more chocolatey or coconutty?? or is it a balanced taste??
  6. This looks AMAZING! Can't wait to try these. Do you think i can add chocolate chips to batter #2 for a little more chocolate taste? My family's chocoholics... :)
  7. This cake is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Popping the top of the condensed milk and getting caramel was so cool. I had no idea. I might make that my new party trick. I'm sure it will awe them all.
  8. YUMM!!! I think you've officially become my baking idol!!! But..... do we use unsweetened or sweetened cocoa? also, should we use milk or semisweet chocolate chips? which one did you use?
  9. Can making the dulce de leche and frosting ahead of time like day before be ok?!? Then assemble on the cake after its baked the next day?!?
  10. Saw this recipe on pinterest and just wanted to save everyone the hassle of cooking the condensed milk for 10 hours..go into your hispanic food section and look for the Nestle dulce de leche can, it comes in a can just like the sweetended condensed milk or in a bottle..if you cant find in the hispanic food aisle check next to the regular baking asile next to sweetended condensed milk.
  11. I just made this cake yesterday, and it was delicious! The balance between the two different cakes was amazing. The texture of both were perfect as was the coconut and the condensed milk that I let boil for four hours! Everything turned out perfect as I followed your recipe to a tee! You did a great job with the recipe and my family did not leave one morsel! I look forward to seeing more wonderful recipes from you! Thank you so very much for making our weekend a bit more delightful!
  12. I made this cake yesterday and it was amazing. But I made the 1st batter 3x as the first two it did not look right, almost like curdled milk. I followed another recipe for the same thing and it had broken out the steps for the first batter. You just had to do it all at once, you might want to break out to these steps so more people don't have this problem. beat butter (or oil) and sugar(s) on medium high until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time mixing well. Add in milk and vanilla (if applicable) and mix until well combined. In separate bowls sift together dry ingredients for each batter. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients slowly and mix until well combined.
  13. Love love loved the cake. Made it for my hubby's birthday and he was soooo happily surprised. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Only thing that I did wrong was I reduced the heat too much while boiling the can and it did not become dark and thick enough. But we loved the thin icing too can't imagine how awesome it would be with the thick dark condensed milk.=0) Here is a look at my first attempt...
  14. I made this cake for New Years Eve and everyone that ate it literally lost their mind over it. They were actually fighting over it. I'm making it again today for friends birthday but i have a few questions…the brown sugar batter did not make a huge quantity,but it was the consistency of cake batter. After adding the hot water to the chocolate batter it was it was literally like poring hot chocolate into the pan. And it almost went to the top of the pan. Because there was 2 completely different consistencies and quantities, I didn't really get a marble effect. The brown sugar kind of sunk to the bottom of the pan, so after it cooked and I flipped it over, it was almost an all chocolate burnt cake with a little bit a brown sugar at the top. Did I do anything wrong? Can I double the brown sugar batter? Everyone said it tasted amazing, i was just hoping to have a more marble effect since i was going to the trouble of making to batters. Thank you!

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