Monday, May 23, 2011

Crazy Chocolate Cake With Nutty Chocolate Icing

I don't have a picture of this cake, but I do have a picture of where it came from. For the cake - just picture a gorgeous, smooth, mouth watering chocolate cake and there you have it! I guess I technically owe 2 posts this month, since I didn't post a recipe for April, but with vacation, appointments, and all the upcoming birthdays, weddings, and picture taking I haven't had time. I apologize, mostly to myself, and will try to post another before the month's end.

That being said, I don't take recipe posts lightly. Just because something tastes good doesn't mean it deserves a post. There are way too many yummy treats that could be posted.  The dish has to "wow" me. It has be different and taste better than any of those like it. My mom has an old Peanuts Lunch Bag Cookbook, that my Uncle bought her for Christmas when she was little, that she still has in her kitchen. Ever since I was little girl she has made the most delicious bread, cookies, and cakes from it. Recently, she brought it out again and made a chocolate cake that was THE best cake I ever had! It was so dense and fudgy and the frosting equally fudgy and sweet! I wanted to share the recipe because it's different than what I expected it to be and it will definitely be my go to chocolate cake recipe!

The best recipes come from the days where things were made slow from scratch and this recipe is no exception. I have always appreciated quality cooking and baking and can really taste a difference. I urge you to try this recipe next time you want chocolate cake. You won't regret it :)

Crazy Chocolate Cake
1 1/2 c flour
3 T unsweetened cocoa
1 t baking soda
1 c sugar
1/2 t salt
6  T vegetable oil
1 T vinegar
1 t vanilla
1 c cold water 

Sift dry ingredients in 8-inch ungreased cake pan.  Mix with a fork. Form 3 wells in the flour. Into one pour the oil, into another the vinegar, and into the last the vanilla. Pour cold water over all and stir with a fork until well mixed. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Cover with chocolate icing.

Nutty Chocolate Icing (Don't worry if you don't have nuts, it's just as good without)

1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c water
2 T butter
dash of salt
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1/2 c chopped nuts (if desired)

Boil brown sugar, water, and butter for 2 minutes. Lower heat and add chocolate. When chocolate is melted remove from stove. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Mix in nuts.


Friday, May 13, 2011

March of Dimes 2011 - Go Babies!

Last weekend I walked in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies. Who wouldn't want to support this cause? My team was team Trent 'N Paige. We had so much fun walking in our matching team shirts and rewarding ourselves with hot dogs and chili afterwards. My cousin and her family were the March of Dimes Ambassadors this year and had the opportunity to share their story at a Banquet in February, that I was lucky enough to volunteer at, as well as other engagements throughout the state. My cousin's little boy, Trenton, was born premature in 2007 and this got us all involved. This cause became even more important to us as my cousin lost her baby Paige last August. I can't imagine what she feels, but I know we all feel as if a precious baby girl is missing in our lives. I know we will see her in Heaven one day and God will restore my cousin's family together again. To all the mom's who have been through this, my heart and prayers are with you! Please watch the video below, as it is a better representation of my cousin's experience than I can give, and if you feel like getting involved next year let me know! You can join our team :)