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The art of unplugging

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
  • cocoa

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Growing up, we were a birthday cake kind of family. Vanilla, chocolate, funfetti or according to my sister, only grocery store cake and nothing else, whenever your birthday came around, you were the deciding factor as to the dessert on your special day. Yes over the years there were clown cones and cupcakes, pies and ice cream, but cookie cakes never seem to make the rotation until my nephews came along a several years ago.

Birthdays are big in my family so when Matt’s birthday approached a few years ago I remember asking him what kind of cake he wanted me to make in celebration. I threw out a bunch of flavor options but none seemed to hit the mark. I think he was worried he’d offend me when he cautiously told me he wasn’t really a birthday cake kind of guy.

Say what?

He wasn’t a birthday cake kind of guy because growing up in his family they celebrated with cookie cake. So ever since then, I’ve been adding cookie cake to my birthday and in this case casual Sunday dinner rotation.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake adapted from Brown Eyed Baker 

2 1/4 C flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and line pan with parchment paper. I used a 9 inch cake pan but this makes a very thick cake so you can use a 9×13 or jelly roll pan if you want a thinner cake.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, whip melted butter and sugars until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients into wet until just combined. Add chocolate chips.

Press dough into pan and bake for 20 minutes (9 inch pan) or until edges are golden.

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Slice and serve.

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