December 12, 2023

Just Desserts at Cohen Florence Levine Estates

Dessert baking contest

It’s a tough job but someone had to do it. In December, the residents of CFLE judged a lively Bake Off Competition! Five employees baked their family’s favorite dessert so residents could sample the goods and vote for their favorite. It was a close contest. Jen Fazekas won the competition with her delicious Pistachio Cake – recipe below. Runners-up included second place winner Armando Alarcon for his tasty Cherry Cheesecake and Shellie Honohan, who won third place for her mouth-water Chocolate Trifle.

Thank you to all our residents and staff who participated in the tasting. What better way to spend a winter afternoon than eating homemade desserts?

Jen’s Pistachio Cake

Jen’s grandmother made this colorful green cake for her grandfather every year on his birthday on March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 packet of instant pistachio pudding
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and spread into pans. Jen uses two circle cake pans to make a double layer, frosting the center of the cake as well as the top and sides.


  • 3 cups of milk
  • 2 packs of Dream Whip
  • 2 packets of pistachio instant pudding

Blend on high for 1 minute and refrigerate if not using right away.