Friday, February 25, 2011

Cake #7- Heavenly Chocolate Bar Cake

Well better late than never..Here is #7.  We thoroughly loved making this cake.  The batter is so good even before adding the melted Milky Ways.  Yes, you read it correctly...melted Milky Ways.  Do you see now where the name came from?  This recipe is from Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts.  Oh, I LOVE the South...  Here are some mouth watering pictures to show you just how Heavenly this cake really is. 

 Make sure to freeze your candy bars for the "Icing on the Cake"
 Some of my favorite cookbooks in the background
 along with my vintage silverware
 First big slice....For Presleigh!
 OOH, is your mouth watering yet?
You'll find the recipe over on the pages..soon.   Right now we are heading to dinner...I'll post the recipe tonight!!  Until next time,

Finding the Sweetness in Life.....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cake #7.....get ready!!!

What a week we have had!!! 3 trips to the doctor, one daughter on crutches, one in a wrist brace and the injuries are unrelated; our pool being replastered for the 3rd time... What's the saying...Third times a charm, bought a beautiful paint horse, and headed to Abilene on Friday( where I am posting from my phone)and all of this happened while my husband was in London!!! Calgon take me away!!! So get ready for our cake double feature. I wanted to give you a heads up and tell you to head to the grocery store for your favorite chocolate bars (now is the time to stock up on Valentine's Day chocolate)for our first cake on Monday and then a red velvety cake at the end of the week. See you on Monday!!!

Finding the Sweetness in Life...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cake #6 Chocolate Bliss Cheesecake

Here we are another week has gone by.  We started out the week with 74 degrees and sunny, by Wednesday dipped to 11 degrees with snow and ice and by tomorrow will be around 65...gotta love Texas.  So in our mixed up crazy weather we still found time to bake and make a wonderfully easy, wonderfully tasting cheesecake.  This recipe is from a little booklet for Baker's chocolate dated 2005.    Cake #6.....
We loved doing the powdered sugar stencil...details on the recipe page.

A smaller slice would have been enough...
but too much of a good thing is wonderful!!

This cake came together in no time--the longest part was the refrigeration (over night) and then we were able to do the dusting of cocoa powder and the heart stencil.  The crust is oreos and butter, the filling is made with a handful of ingredients and the pan is a springform pan.  SO simple and yet SO big on taste and SO pleasing to the eye and the heart.  Hope this cake finds it's way into your heart - it sure did in ours. You can find the recipe over on the right...Until next time,

Finding the Sweetness in Life....

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cake #5--Easy and Elegant Chocolate Cake

yes,   that is me next to Presleigh, I was worried 
about being able to get up...but obviously I did!

Let me first begin by saying...We have had  4 glorious snow days being homebound and having wonderful lazy and productive, creative, fun-filled, together time.   Having this time was a great thing for our Cake of the Week as we actually made 2.  It is good to try recipes and it is good to know when they really don't work.  Our first cake (which we will not share) was intriguing based on the ingredients.  It had the usual sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa but then there was a departure with self-rising flour and no liquid!  It baked rather quickly, made thin layers as there was not a lot of batter and of course, you guessed it-dry!  We went ahead and frosted it with a wonderful chocolate frosting, which we did use on our final cake for the week - It was that good!!  So the tips for recipes in general...there must be liquid whether it is milk, oil, buttermilk, even sour cream would have made it moist.  If it is a thin layer cake, bake it under time as it will become to crisp the more you bake.  Mark in your cookbook whether it worked or not, or how you might change it ...and for the  biggest tip... Be ready and willing to toss it out and start over!!  I share this with you to let you know you are not alone in your failures and we want to share in your successes as well as ours. SO as we tried again, we found success and it was so GOOD!! SO get ready....Our Cake of the Week is here...

Easy and Elegant Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

Both the recipe and the frosting are from the Cake Doctor.  And we even tweaked it a bit to our liking, that's the beauty in baking and cooking..making it your own.  We like to do that, so feel free to do the same!!  You'll find the recipes over on the right under pages as well as in the two different cookbooks that these recipes come from....I think this will become a favorite at our house and hopefully yours also.

Finding the Sweetness in Life....