Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Filling and White Buttercream





Chocolate cake is a favorite of many, but often times people like a change from chocolate cake and chocolate frosting, they like to mix it up with another flavor of frosting, sometime peanut butter, or raspberry, my personal favorite is white buttercream. 





This cake is fabulous, if I do say so myself, the cake is so moist and fudgy and it is my "go to" recipe, I added fudge filling that is so scrumptious you could just eat it from the pan with a spoon.  The frosting is a simple white buttercream, if it is a special occasion you could tint the frosting with food coloring and then pipe it on the cake to make it a bit more special. I just troweled my frosting on with an offset spatula. I like lots of frosting! Do you?






Chocolate Cake



Cake:


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour




2 cups granulated sugar




3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder




1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda




3/4 teaspoon salt




2 eggs




1 cup buttermilk (or sub by using a cup of whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar and letting it sit 5 minutes until thick)




1/2 cup melted butter




1 tablespoon vanilla extract




1 cup of hot coffee

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease and flour 2 9" cake pans, or grease and line with parchment paper circles. 
In your mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.  Add the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and buttermilk, and mix until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir the hot coffee into the batter by hand.  The batter will be runny. Pour into your cake pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with just a few bits of cake stuck to it. For 9 inch pans, that should be anywhere from 20-35 minutes.  
When you remove each cake from the oven, let it cool, run a knife around the edges of the pan, and carefully remove it from the pan onto a baking rack. Let cool before frosting. 
Fudge Filling:

1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Put first 3 ingredients into a sauce pan, over low heat bring to a boil, stirring constantly. The sugar should be dissolved. Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and then whisk them until creamy and cooled. 





Buttercream Frosting

Recipe: Food.com

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
31/2 cups of powdered sugar
1-3 teaspoons milk or heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer mix the butter and the powdered sugar beat until blended, then add salt, mix. Add milk and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy, about another 3-5 minutes. 


Once cake is cooled, cut each cake in half, then place 1 layer on a plate and spread some fudge filling over the layer. Then place another layer on top and frost with fudge filling, place third layer onto and frost, and then place the last layer on top. 

Frost entire cake with white butter cream frosting and enjoy!



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats






The weather is getting warm here and although I love to bake sometimes I just don't want to turn on the oven. Inevitably I make cereal treats, they are easy, versatile and delicious. This recipe is a combination of Scotcheroos and Rice Krispie treats and they are delicious. The perfect treat to take to a barbecue or picnic or to just have on hand for hungry kids. 


Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats

1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
21/2 cups Rice Krispies 
1/2 cup mini marshmallows

In a small saucepan, combine the corn syrup an the sugar. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, stir in the peanut butter until melted. Stir in the vanilla. Fold in the cereal, marshmallows, and the chips, stir until blended. Pour into a greased 8" baking pan baking pan. Cool. Then cut into squares and enjoy.



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Fabulous Fudge Brownie's with Fudge Frosting




Moist, thick fudge brownie's are one of my favorite treats, top them with fudge frosting and I think they are perfect. I will warn you ahead of time that when you make these brownies you may just eat the entire pan of frosting it is that good. It is easy to make, creamy and fudgy. You can use it on brownies, cupcakes, cakes and more. I personally like it as the filling of cakes. 






Fudge Brownies
Recipe adapted from Baker's Chocolate

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup of flour


Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 x 13" baking pan by lining it with parchment paper and then spraying it with baking spray or butter.
In a large bowl melt butter and chocolate. You can use the microwave but I use a double boiler. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate are melted. Add the sugar and mix well. Then add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. 
Pour mixture into pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. I like to bake them until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean with a few crumbs on it. Do not over bake. 


Fudge Frosting

1 cup of sugar
1/3 cup milk
5 tablespoons butter

Put first three ingredients in a saucepan on low, let the sugar dissolve and then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the chocolate chips. With a wire whisk mix until creamy and cooled. Then frost your brownies or cake and enjoy. 




Sources: Cups vintage, Similar here. Silver-plate tray-vintage, Similar herenapkins.


Enjoy!