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Grills aren’t just for hotdogs!

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Even though it’s hot, Jay just happens to know a trick to make the heat delicious. Check out this video where Jay shows Arizona Midday host Destry how to bake a cake on a grill using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. So while you fire up that bbq and grill up some delicious burgers and hotdogs, also grill up some pineapple rum upside down cake!

Pineapple Rum Upside Down Cake Recipe:

1 ½ Tablespoon butter softened

5 pineapple ring slices

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup butter softened

1 cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup buttermilk

¼ cup pineapple juice (or rum)

Large mixing bowl



8” round cake pan

10” round cake pan

Aluminum foil

  1. Preheat grill to 350 degrees
  2. Spread first butter amount in bottom of 8” pan, sprinkle with brown sugar
  3. Place pineapple rings in a circle flat in pan
  4. In mixing bowl beat second amount of butter, salt and sugar with whisk until combined
  5. Add 1 egg and beat add second egg and beat
  6. Stir in vanilla
  7. Add the baking powder and ½ cup of the flour and mix, add the milk and mix and ½ cup the flour and mix, add the juice (or rum) mix and add the remaining flour and mix
  8. Pour over the pineapple slices and spread evenly
  9. Cover pan with aluminum foil and make a few holes in top
  10. Adjust grill so coals or burners are off in the center but on around the sides (indirect heat)
  11. Make an aluminum foil snake and coil it in the bottom of the 10” pan
  12. Place the cake on top and press to make it level
  13. Place in middle of grill and close lid
  14. Bake for 20 minutes, check and remove the foil
  15. Bake for additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center of cake


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Kustom Kake Maker

Users can design a cake online and pick up from the store later.

For anyone whose watched Cake Wars or Top Chef and aspired to design a cake that causes more gasps then groans, The KAK Shop ( has just given DIYers their dream come true. Phoenix’s award winning cake shop has just merged digital technology with eggs, butter and sugar. Today, a brand new feature called Kustom Kake Maker was launched that allows users to customize thousands of different cake designs right from a desktop or smart phone.

Simply browse to website, use the design tools, pay for the cake online and pick it up at the store later. From the top line menu of the website, users are directed to a colorful screen where they can build their own design and see it exactly as it will look as the finished product. The site offers numerous selections to assist with building a custom one-of-a-kind cake, which includes:

• Shape – round or square,

• Tiers – two or three tier cake.

• Topper – age, bows and stars.

• Message – create a message on board or on plaque

• Decoration – butter cream and fondant

• Flavor – vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon, strawberry, marble

• Filling – vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, Strawberry buttercream, raspberry buttercream, lemon buttercream, cream cheese buttercream, peanut butter buttercream, strawberry, raspberry.

• Serving size – 20, 25, 35, 40, 50, 60, 75

• Cake color – white, black, various reds, purple, various pinks, various blues, yellow, green, and orange.

• Border – normal, pearls, and band • Pattern – checkered, chevron, diamonds, dots, flowers, stripes, swirls, zebra, and circles.

The Kustom Kake Maker is unique as it allows users to click on the features they want on their cake so they can see the countless options as they go and they will know exactly what the cake will look like when they pick it up.

There is a minimum of a seven day lead time when ordering the cake. Cakes are priced by servings in either buttercream covered or fondant. According to Central Phoenix Mom Tara Allen, “There is that “OH NO” moment that every busy mom has when it’s a week before the party and you forgot to order a cake!” “Knowing I can jump online, design exactly what I want and forget about it until it’s time to pick it up? I love it.”

The KAK Shop owner Jay Murphy said, “I want to be the UBER of custom cake designs. Let’s disrupt the status quo and give people what they want. They want cake and they want it their way and they want it now! This does that.”

Murphy, recognized for setting the bar for unparalleled realism—whether a six foot Lady Gaga cake or a multi-tiered-tea-cup-Alice in Wonderland Cake kept hearing from customers that they wished they had some way to easily draw the kind of cake they wanted him to make for them. One day, when using a draw app on his phone, the idea struck him to use technology to help his customers to do what they’ve wanted to do for years. And the Kustom Kake Maker was born. ###

Vanilla Bean Scones

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(1) Ingredients:

2 cups a

ll purpose flour

¼ cup white sugar1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup butter, cold cut into pieces

½ vanilla bean

2/3 cup buttermilk

(2) Preheat oven 375 F         yields 12

(3) Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and with the tip of a knife scrape out the seeds. Mix into the buttermilk and set aside (since the buttermilk is already in a measuring cup I just add the seeds).

(4) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. I use the table or a large cutting board , you can also use a large bowl or food processor.

(5) Add the butter pieces to the dry ingredients.

Note: On table use a bench scraper, in a bowl use a pastry cutter,  in processor use blade and pulse.

And for the true method as my grandmother did, 2 butter knives, one in each hand sliding the blades flat across each other like scissors.

Cut the butter into the dry mixture, by chopping at it and occasionally scoping ingredients back to a pile. or a processor pulse a few times.  Continue until you have an even coarse meal.

(6) Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture.  This can be messy, which is why I use the table , just make one mess and only one thing to clean.  Mix the dry into the milk just to combine.


 (7) Scrape up and place onto a floured surface, knead the dough 4-5 times to form a log.  Roll log out to 18” long and 3” wide.  Flatten slightly with hand to approximately ½” thick.  Cut alternating the angle making triangles.

(8) Arrange on baking sheet a few inches apart and place in center rack of oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

(9) Remove and transfer to cooling rack.

(10) Icing ingredient:

Vanilla Bean Icing

1 cup powdered sugar

¼ cup cream or milk

½ vanilla bean

(11) In a medium bowl add powdered sugar whisk in milk/cream a little at a time until smooth, should be thin and pourable.  Cut vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and stir into the icing.

(12) When scones are cool dip the top into the icing and let excess drip off. Place back on rack to dry.

Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. Assuming you can resist.