National Chocolate Cake Day!!!

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So yesterday was National Chocolate Cake Day, and I got the itch to make a
Chocolate Cake and I brought it in for the office today!!!  

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I know they will happy, since this is the second thing I made this week, on Monday
I made a Cinnamon and Walnut Coffee Cake and they all loved that!! 🙂

So I didn’t have my usual ingredients at the house that I have used in my Chocolate cakes before, like
buttermilk or sour cream those things make my cakes moist and I like using them.

So I just followed the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder can.

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The only thing I did differently was two things:
1. I used 1 cup of cocoa powder, instead of what it said, (I can’t remember LOL)
2. I used Hot Strong Coffee instead of Hot Water.

I also made it in a bundt pan 🙂 Bake for about 40-50 mins, just until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

The I made Cream Cheese Frosting and that recipe is below 🙂

Adding the chocolate to the cream cheese, butter and sugar (sorry i didn’t take better pictures)

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whipped up altogether 🙂

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frosting!!

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Done 🙂

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now Enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
2 stick of butter, softened
1 3/4 – 2 cups powdered sugar
3 oz. unsweetened chocolate
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup half and half

In a double boiler add chocolate and half and half, stir until chocolate has melted and mixture has before like a thick paste.  Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl mix cream cheese until fluffy, then add butter and mix until combined and fluffy.
Then add powdered sugar, I only used 1 3/4 cup but if you like it sweeter add more, mix until combined.

The mix in chocolate and continue to mix until all in combined and fluffy.

This recipe covered the bundt cake and I had about 2 cups left over.

Store cake in the refrigerator, let set at room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving.

YUMMY!!! Enjoy!!

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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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Banana Cream Pie for Father’s Day

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Banana Cream Pie – Happy Father’s Day Dad!!!

My Dads ultimate favorite thing is Banana Cream Pie, I make it for him on his birthday and Father’s Day…I know I should make it more often for him because he just absolutely loves it. I remember the last time was his birthday and I had stayed overnight and I woke up around 5:00am and there he was cutting himself a piece of pie. I had to laugh, so I started to make 2 cause the first one does not last the night.

So this is my Banana Cream Pie I make for my Dad.

Now I use a pre made pie crust, I know, I know I should make one from scratch but if you have time then you should for sure, but I don’t mind cutting that corner if I don’t have time.

First I bake my crust, then let it cool.

In the meantime I make the filling.

1/3 cup cornstarch
3 large egg yolks, keep whites to use in the meringue

1 ½ cup whipping cream
1 ½ cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
¼ tsp. Salt
1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
2 tbsp. Unsalted butter, softened

In a medium saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch and salt, then whisk in whipping cream, milk, then egg yolks. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking until custard thickens and just boils. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla and set a side.

Slice 3 large ripe bananas, put half the slices over the crust, then half the filling, rest of bananas ending with the rest of the filling, spread evenly. Set aside.

The meringue topping, I use a marshmallow topping, some will call it a 7 minute frosting.

¾ cup sugar, plus 2 tbsp.
1 tbsp. Light corn syrup
2 tbsp. Water
3 large egg whites, left over from the filling, room temp.

In a small saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup and water, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat a little and insert in a candy thermometer until it registers 230 degrees.

In the meantime, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 ½ minutes.

Gradually add 2 tablespoons sugar, once the syrup reaches 230 degrees, pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl containing the egg white mixture with the mixer on medium-low speed.

Then beat on medium speed until cool 5- 10 minutes, the frosting should be thick and shiny.

Take frosting and put all of it on top of the banana and filling mixture, mound it up high and with the spreader, spread all the way to the edge of the pie crust.

Now since this is not really a meringue, I take my little crème brulee torch and torch the topping to make it look like a meringue.

Set in the refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours or longer to set. Slice and enjoy!!!