Fish and Shrimp Tacos and Chocolate Cherry Cake

The Husband had a birthday a couple weeks ago. He was out of town on the actual birthday day so, we celebrated the next day with his favorite Fish and Shrimp Tacos. I left the apples out of the coleslaw recipe this time.

The only cake he wants for his birthday is a Chocolate Cherry Cake made with a box mix and a can of cherry pie filling. For years I have been making every possible kind of cake for his birthday. Trying new, funky recipes. He didn't want the Strawberry Shortcake I made when we were newlyweds. Or the Boston Cream Pie the next year. I was even looking for a favorite chocolate cake recipe of mine when I realized that he wants the Chocolate Cherry Cake. Finally got it right this year. The cake is actually really moist with a gooey frosting. Sorry - no picture of the cake. It was devoured before I snapped a shot. Wait until next year when I'll probably try to make him a 3 layer coconut cake and be upset when he says all he wants is the Chocolate Cherry Cake.

Fish and Shrimp Tacos

1 pounds of tilapia or other white fish
1 pound medium (31 - 40 per pound) shrimp, peeled and deveined
chipolte powder
olive oil
10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
3 cups shredded cabbage

chipolte mayonnaise - 1 cup mayonaise mixed with 1/2 teaspoon chipolte powder

Dredge the fish and shrimp in and little flour and sprinkle with chipolte powder. Heat a large saute pan to medium high and add fish.  Cook for about 3 minutes per side.  Repeat with shrimp.  Alternately, drizzle the fish and shrimp with olive oil and sprinkle with chipolte powder and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 6 - 9 minutes.

To serve, put a couple shrimp and 1/2 of a fish fillet in a tortilla.  Top with cabbage and some chiplote mayonnaise.  Squeeze lime over the filled tortilla.

The Famous Chocolate Cherry Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients by hand until combined. Spread into prepared dish and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.  When cool, pour frosting over.


1 cup powdered sugar
5 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Melt together first 3 ingredients and boil for 1 minute. Take off heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted. Let cool slightly before pouring over cake.

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