Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chocolate Coffee Bean Pound Cake..... Happy Anniversary Honey!

Chocolate lovers.... caffeine addicts...... espresso bean munchers.....come hither and celebrate with me as I dive into the anniversary cake I made for my dear husband Hopper. (Yes, his name is Hopper....

We celebrated 2 years of blissful (sometimes...wink wink) marriage today! Hip Hip Hooray! How I remember this day - nerves all jangling, butterflies in my belly, blissed out of my mind, family and friends galore, summer breezes blowing, beautiful music playing, green grass, prosecco (a bit too much) the lake, the view.... and of course the moment I joined my husband at the altar! What a blessed day!

We were so lucky to have our friends and family make the food for our wedding. The night passed so quickly, I was never able to truly appreciate the copious amounts of food brought to our wedding, not to mention the caliber of food! Organic...delicious..... and beautiful about sums it up. Plus a dear friend made 8 specialty cheesecakes and one woman made this gorgeous tres leches cake. I am posting a few photos, even though they are  from 2 years ago... they still bring back sweet memories for me.
So tonight... in celebration of our anniversary... I lied to my husband! (you know.... one of those white lies) The night before last, he saw me working hard on this chocolate pound cake, venting our un-air-conditioned house out the back door, bringing my eggs outside to "warm up".....measuring out my Valrhona. I told him it was all for our back-to-school party at work. He is used to me making cakes for the people I work with, so starting off the school year with a nice chocolate cake did not make my husband suspect a thing.

The next day he came home from work to this!... of course the first thing he says is "Aren't you going to take photos of it for your food blog?" and "Why didn't you take it to school?" And then he was quite tickled when he realized the cake was for our anniversary. ♥♥♥


The recipe for this cake came from yet another gem of a book I picked up from the library. Joyce White is the author of Brown Sugar a fantastic book that focuses on Soul Food....not the savory, just the sweet. I have learned quite a bit while reading and drooling over the recipes. Did you know that a cake walk has it's origins in slavery and the plantations of the south? It started as a dance, subtly mocking the slave owners, and ended up with the best dancer, winning a cake! I found this fascinating - Check out more information here if you are interested- http://edwardianpromenade.com/amusements/the-cakewalk/ .

The cake was a treat, especially the coffee glaze that soaked the cakes top and bottom. The espresso bean pillow from Trader Jo's also added a fine specialty crunch once I got to the edge of my piece. I may have over-baked the cake a tad, as it was a touch to dry for my tastes. However....that can and was easily solved with some heavenly organic whipping cream from Organic Valley and fresh berries.


I am not including the recipe tonight, as I am hoping to make a few "tweaks" to get it just how I love it. Please do check out this book as it is a delightful collection of recipes and soul history. For now, I am going to go kiss my husband and remind him of what a wonderful person he is (plus have another slice of cake!) xoxo  ♥♥♥ Miss Megan


30 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary!!
    The cake looks to die for!!=)

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  2. Happy Anniversary! Definitely a cake to celebrate!

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  3. Boy, does this cake look delicious. Happy anniversary :)

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  4. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful surprise for your husband!

    I am a huge chocolate fan and need caffeine to survive so this cake looks like heaven.

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more to come!

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  6. Happy Anniversary to you, Megan! Oh the photos are stunning. And so is the cake! Absolutely addictive. I wish i can have a slice too. yummm.... Hope you're having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  7. Happy Anniversary!!!
    My husband will never be elated with surprises
    :(
    My kids will enjoy the cake more than him, hahaha!!!

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  8. Happy anniversary!!! You were a gorgeous bride!!!

    That cake looks absolutely phenomenal!

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  9. Hey Megan, I have a little something for you. Please feel free to hop over to collect it.
    Thanks & have a nice day.
    Cheers, kristy

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  10. Happy Anniversary! What a nice post! Cake looks really good too

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  11. This looks amazing honey! I hope you have leftovers, I'll bring the ice cream!

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  12. Belated Anniversary Wishes, Megan! The cake looks wonderful and I would like a leftover slice.
    Thank you for your sharing your surprise.

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  13. Coffee really perks up chocolate looks so great! Happy anniversary :)

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  14. That's a good lie. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I love that photo. The cake looks good, too. =)

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  15. Happy Anniversary! What a nice surpise :-) That cake is a real beauty...I can imagine how good the coffee glaze is! Your wedding looks like it was such a nice day. I love how your friends and family cooked. I can't believe all of those goodies that everyone brought--especially the 8 cheesecakes! Wow!

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  16. Happy anniversary. With cakes like that to share there will be many,many more. The photos gaily yell happiness.

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  17. Happy anniversary! The cake looks amazing!

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  18. So sweet! I didn't even make a cake for my hubby's birthday:(. But maybe for our anniversary. Loads of love in this post.

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  19. Happy Anniversary, even though it's a little bit late :). I made my own wedding cake because I absolutely wanted to have a unique wedding cake;). It was very amateur, my first fondant cake, but still it was special. You've got lovely pictures here :)!

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  20. Happy anniversary dear.. drooling cake ... 1st time to oyur wonderful space... visit mine whenever..following you..

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  21. That's a gorgeous cake! Happy (slightly belated) anniversary. Your wedding pics are beautiful.

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  22. Oh my goodness, that looks so good, I love coffee and chocolate, happy anniversary!

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  23. What a wonderful anniversary gift.

    Hope you had a great day :-}

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  24. Whoa... this is amazing. I loved your wedding story. Felt like I was right there with you for the big event. I say HOP HOP huray! LOL

    Keri.Sent from "My Little Space" the blog.

    www.samwich365.com

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  25. P.S. THANK YOU for not having word verifications turned on. They make me CRAZY

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  26. The cake looks stunning :) Happy Anniversary!

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  27. Thank you for stopping by my blog!!

    This cake looks absolutely amazing! Two of my favorite things- coffee and chocolate.

    Happy anniversary- your wedding photos are beautiful!

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  28. Happy Anniversary!
    I love the cake...which looks absolutely luscious and totally chocolatey!

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  29. Happy Anniversary! Your weddng pictures are beautiful. What a luscious cake....can't wait for the recipe.

    Hugs,
    Biren

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