A few weeks ago, a good friend asked me if I'd like to be in a bible study she was leading at her church. I gladly accepted the invitation and went to Lifeway Bookstore to pick up my copy of the No Other Gods (by Kelly Minter) member book for the study. As I flipped through, I was immediately struck with how awesome this study was going to be. Not only were we going to be digging deep into God's Word facing our modern day idols, but there were recipes each week too. The Bible and Butterfinger Cake in the first week? Count me in!
The ingredients for Butterfinger Cake in the book were simple enough, but (surprise, surprise) I didn't have everything I needed and going to the store was not in the cards for me today. So, I did what I always do... I improvised with what I had.
yellow cake mix and the ingredients for it, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, Butterfingers and whipped topping
1 box yellow cake mix and the ingredients to make it.
7 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed
6-7 fun-size Butterfinger candy bars
Prepare cake mix as directed and bake the cake. A few minutes before the cake comes out of the oven, combine the sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in a small saucepan, heating until it is warm and creamy. While the peanut butter mixture is heating, place the candy bars in a ziplock bag and crush with a mallet, or chop with a knife until crumbly. Remove the cake from the oven and poke holes all over it with a knife. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the warm cake and spread to get into all the holes. Sprinkle the cake with half of the Butterfinger crumbs. Cool cake completely. Spread whipped topping over all the cake and sprinkle with remaining Butterfinger crumbs. Place the cake in the fridge until ready to eat and you'll want to refrigerate any leftovers of this cake. If you make it for a potluck or a crowd, you probably won't have any to refrigerate. It is that good.
And the bible study? It is really good too. It is getting to the heart of the matter very quickly. The first week we were asked to list the things in our lives that are our "functional gods"...those things that we "trust, fear or serve" and the things that "motivate us". It's not that we don't worship or serve God at all, it's that we don't worship and serve Him exclusively. Yikes! I'm excited to be on this journey and I'm glad that Butterfinger Cake and many other delicious recipes will be coming along too.