So I’m back in the city after several days visiting friends and family at home. If you read my last post, and by read I mean just looked at pictures, you have a pretty good idea of how most of the weekend was spent, laughing with friends and family, celebrating and lots and lots of food.
There was also this little religious holiday called Easter in there as well. The weather was gorgeous this weekend so we spent most of our time outside, hunting Easter eggs with halloween buckets, playing soccer and taking Finn to the park.
I spent little to no time on social media or even with my phone in my hand. Perks of being with most everyone you connect with in person, I suppose. My nephew is on spring break this week so I stayed a few extra days to hang out with him and procrastinate packing. I didn’t even manage to bake anything this weekend and why would I when I have a mother who does it better?
If you want to know how much of this cake I helped with then remove the white chocolate shavings and robin eggs. Remove those and you still have a pretty ultimate chocolate cake.
Ultimate Chocolate Cake
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 1 3/4 tsps baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 C butter
- 1 1/4 C sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 C buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9 inch cake pans. Dust pans with cocoa.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and powder together.
In a stand mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add cream and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Add chocolate and vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients into wet alternating with buttermilk.
Pour evenly into two cake pans.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on racks. Don’t skip this step or your second layer will crumble into pieces and you’ll have to rebuild it with extra icing. Oh darn.
Ultimate Chocolate Icing
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 1/3 C butter
- 3 C sifted powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 C plus 2 TBL evaporated milk
Melt chocolate and butter together. In a bowl, combine sugar, salt, vanilla and evaporated milk. Add melted chocolate. Beat until icing thickens. Cool to room temperature and then ice cake.
You’ll have to forgive me for posting a cake like this on Workout Wednesday but let me tell you, eating a piece of it is a workout in itself. And doesn’t everyone deserves a cake workout every one in a while?
The answer is yes.
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