Category Archives: Cakes

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Does your other half ever go into such intense chocolate cravings that they inspire you to make the biggest baddest chocolate cake you can? Mine does.

She would see the Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake box at the grocery store and stop me “Sweetie, can we make one of those?” “No no, I’ll make you a chocolate cake”.

This is the result of that adventure in chocolate.

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It’s deliciously rich without being too sweet. To die for? Yes.

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups brown sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup warm espresso
1 cup milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).  Butter 2 9″ cake pans and line the bottom with parchment.

In a large bowl combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, bakings powder and soda and salt.

Whisk together the eggs, coffee, milk, oil and vanilla in a separate bowl.  Add to dry ingredients and whisk until combined.

Divide the batter between the two pans – I weigh them to make sure.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

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Cook on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then remove from pan to cool.

Place one cake on a large plate.

Ganache:

10 oz dark chocolate
10 fl.oz whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla

Coarsely chop chocolate and place in a large bowl.

Bring cream just to a boil and pour over chocolate.  Let sit for 5 minutes. Add vanilla and stir until combined.

I separated about half of it to cool faster in the fridge. When it was solid enough I whipped it until light and fluffy.  Spread this over the cake on a plate. I tried to spread the surface flat with the chocolate, but I probably should have just flattened the cake but cutting the dome off. 😛

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Top with second cake.

If the other bowl of chocolate is still warm enough, pour it over the middle top of the cake and let it spread over the edges. Reheat it over a pot of hot water if it isn’t melty enough. Let cool.

Cut yourself a slice. Devour.

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Cut yourself a second slice.

 

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Cupcake Flowers

I went to visit my friend Carla last Thursday to see her adorable little son.  He was born all the way back in May on the day I left for Italy.  Somehow I never managed to get to see him until now. So sad!

What a munchkin he is. Round little head, big bright eyes! Oh, so adorable.  Somehow, I didn’t manage to take any pictures of the kiddo. I got plenty of the cupcake cake we made, however!!

After a very tasty Indian dinner we set upon decorating the chocolate cupcakes she made before I got there.

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I have to say, I was pretty pleased with the result, even tho I had never made anything like it before.  Cakes really aren’t my thing, but I do like icing things.  The yellow icing was softer than I would have liked, but it turned out pretty cute anyways!