Happy Monday! Here's to a wonderful week! I loved this print by handz so much that I had to share. Just a friendly reminder to let yourself go and indulge. How do you plan to indulge yourself this week?
Happy Monday! Do you know that today is Chocolate Cake Day? I read it somewhere…not sure why… Maybe it's because it's around this time of year that people break their resolutions. They're all like, "Fudge my diet! Gimme some cake!" (Haha...noticed what I did there?…I used the word fudge instead of…hehe...get it? 'Cuz of cake?...…sigh…I amuse myself…)
To celebrate Chocolate Cake Day I'm sharing with you one of my favorite recipes for Chocolate Blackout Cake. Here's to a great week and bon appetit! xo ~ n
1 stick unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pan
2 1/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (See Note)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups unsweetened natural cocoa powder (See Note)
2/3 cup cornstarch
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
MAKE THE CAKE Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and coat lightly with flour. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. In a standing electric mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the 1 stick of butter with the shortening until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. Add the vanilla. At very low speed, beat in the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the 2 1/4 cups of cake flour and the milk in 3 separate alternating batches, scraping down the side and bottom of the bowl occasionally.
Divide the cake batter between the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes, then invert them onto a rack and let cool completely.
MEANWHILE, MAKE THE FILLING In a large saucepan, combine 2 1/2 cups of the water with the sugar, corn syrup and cocoa powder and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 1/2 cup of water until smooth; whisk into the cocoa mixture. Cook over moderately high heat, whisking constantly, until very thick, 3 minutes. Off the heat, whisk in the butter, vanilla and salt. Scrape the filling into a bowl and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the filling (you should have about 5 cups). Let cool, then refrigerate until firm, 45 minutes.
Using a serrated knife, halve each cake layer horizontally. Break up the less attractive top cake layer and transfer to a food processor; pulse into crumbs. Reserve the two cake bottoms and one smoother top.
Set one of the cake bottoms on a cake plate and spread with 1 1/2 cups of the filling. Top with the second bottom layer and another 1 1/2 cups of filling. Cover with the cake top and spread the remaining filling all over the top and side. Pat the crumbs all over the cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Happy Monday! The holidays are officially among us! I have been MIA from blogging because well, real life is happening. From picking up family from airports to running around finding holiday gifts to literally running around - this past Sunday I completed my first 5K! It was a hot chocolate run on the "mysterious" Roosevelt Island. (The reason why I call Roosevelt Island mysterious is because in the 15 years that I have been in this city, I have yet to actually meet someone who lives there.)
Today it's back to the usual grind. For those who still need holiday cards, I'm having a sale - feel free to check it out.
In theatre, there is a term called "tech week." It's the long, grueling week that a cast and crew endure before opening night. I'm calling this week, "Holiday Tech Week" which I guess makes Christmas Eve the performance. This is the last week to get everything in order and make sure that you are "ON!" for opening night. It's gonna get crazy but don't worry - we will get through this week together.
Happy Monday! Did you know that today is Plush Animal Lover's Day? Today I share pic of my favorite plush animal - my Secret Bear Care Bear. His speaker is still in tact - all though when you pull it it sounds like he's gargling under water...