Chocolate Buttermilk Cake!!

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So who doesn’t like Chocolate!! 🙂

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I do know some people that don’t, and that is okay.  It’s January and what comes in January every year…people getting on the band wagon about losing weight.  Now don’t get me wrong I have no problem in that what so ever, and at work there is a small group that are in a contest the “Biggest Loser”.  I wish everyone on them great success!!! 
With that there has been a discussion in the office about people bringing in “Sweet Treats” and putting them in the ‘Lower Kitchen” area.  We have two kitchens, a big one upstairs next to the break room and a smaller one on the main office level.  Putting sweets in the lower kitchen is being frowned upon, leading to temptation.  My opinion on that is…

Temptation is everywhere…when you walk out of your house, driving past a drive-thru, when you go shopping, you have to learn to avoid temptation and if you are trying to lose weight then you need to walk pass the “Donuts” or the “Cake”.  Not putting “Sweets” in the lower kitchen is not going to teach anyone to avoid temptation, will it help at the moment…yes, but as anyone knows its something that has change in your lifestyle.  We all are “Big Boys and Girls” and all know what’s good and bad for us and we need to take that responsibility.  

Now for those of us that love a sweet indulgence any time of the year, I made this cake and those that got to taste it here in office absolutely LOVED IT. 

And its quick and easy 🙂

Ingredients

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In medium bowl whisk, eggs, buttermilk, oil & vanilla

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Mixed

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In a large bowl whisk, flour, sugar, salt, cocoa, cinnamon and baking soda

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Mixed

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Add liquid to flour and stir

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stir in hot coffee,

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batter will be thin

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Pour into a sprayed 9×13 pan

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Bake

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Let cool

for the frosting you need

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in a medium sauce pan add sugar, milk and butter

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once it comes to a boil pour over Chocolate chips and vanilla

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Let sit for about 5 minutes, when whisk until smooth

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Let set at room temperature for about 3 hours until it becomes thick
you can also but in the fridge, just keep stirring and checking of the thickness
I just about every 1/2 hour I gave it stir, until the cake was cooled
you can see how thick I let it get

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With a hand or stand mixer, blend until fluffy, about 2 minutes

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Then spread over cooled cake and serve 🙂

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Recipe

Cake
2 cup all-purpose flour
2 cup sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup Buttermilk
3/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup strong hot coffee

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted int he center comes out clean.

In a large bowl whisk together, flour, sugar, salt, cocoa, cinnamon and baking soda, set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla

Pour buttermilk mixture in flour and stir, then pour in hot coffee and stir until smooth.  Pour into a sprayed 9×13 pan and bake.  Let cool completely
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Frosting

2 cup sugar
1/2 cup regular milk
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cut into cubes
1 1/4 cup Chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla

In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, sugar, milk and butter stirring occasionally.

In a large bowl add chips and vanilla, once mixture on stove has come to a boil pour it over chips and vanilla, let stand for 5 minutes then whisk mixture until smooth.  Let stand for 3 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour, while your cake cools.  Then beat mixture with hand or stand mixer for 2 minutes until fluffy, then spread on to cooled cake.

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You can see how moist and fluffy the frosting is…yum!!

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IMG_20140115_190556Enjoy!!

 

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Apple Cake

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This recipe I first made because I was teaching a cooking class and I was using different beers and Redd’s Apple Ale had just came out.

Which if you never tried it, it really is a great light beer, its very refreshing, when I first tasted it my first thought was this beer would be fantastic on an extremely HOT!! day 🙂 
It just gave me that refreshing feeling…I thought it was great, so I paired it with this Apple Cake.

(I was doubling the cake in these pictures, I used a 11×15 pan)

Ingredients (missing in photo, butter and brown sugar)

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Peel, core and slice apples

 

 

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add flour, cinnamon and baking powder, whisk together

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Add softened butter and brown sugar

 

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Cream together

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add eggs and vanilla

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when mixed

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add 3rd of flour, mix, then half applesauce, mix
another 3rd flour, mix, rest of the applesauce, mix
add rest of flour, mix

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fold in the flour on the sides

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spread mixture in sprayed baking dish

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layer you apples over top and bake

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Meanwhile in a sauce pan add cider, beer & brown sugar

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reduce down and let cool slightly

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Baked

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pour over cake using a pastry brush to spread around

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Then let cool down, then slice and serve

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Recipe – Apple Cake

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
2 cups brown sugar, packed, divided
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup Redd’s Apple Ale

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees, spray a 9 inch square pan.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a large bowl beat with a mixer butter and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar for 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and eggs, beat until combined, reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of applesauce and beat until just combined, scrap the sides and fold in by hand.

Pour batter into pan and smooth out, arrange apple slices in rows on top, if you like more apples you certainly use more, and overlap them more closely.

Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Set on wire rack to cool about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile in a medium sauce pan add cider, beer and remaining brown sugar cook over medium-high heat until reduced to about 1 cup and let cool slightly.  With a pastry brush brush mixture all over the top of the cake, letting drip down the sides.  Let cool, then serve.

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If you did not want to use beer you can just add more cider.

This cake is super most and the cider/beer reduction is so good, soaks right in 🙂

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Enjoy!!!