Sunday, August 28, 2011

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake.. and a winner

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake, a giveaway winner and.... banana trees in Wisconsin...

Congratulations Rachel from Tramplingrose! You are the lucky winner of the awesome organic dried fruit from Peeled Snacks and super tasty nut confections from Nutorious. Seven bags of delicious are heading your way. Thank you to all who entered. Not sure when the next giveaway will be, however I am thinking that it will be a box of my chocolates and turtles. Only time can tell. (smile)

This week I had the wonderful opportunity to make a cake for a dear friend. We have worked together for four years and have had the opportunity to grow together, cry together and support each other. Judy was to be bringing the dessert to a family party where the guest of honor was the new little grand baby.... a real charmer and flirt I might add! The little baby boy was to be introduced to his great grandparents who are  94 years of age. She first requested one of my caramel chocolate ganache cakes.... and then after having a longer conversation, we decided that the old fashioned chocolate cake was the best option. At ninety four years of age.... ice cream with the cake is still important. Some of my cakes are stand alone cakes, and I wouldn't think of adding ice cream, for it would just be too much sweet. But this wonderful cake is dreamy and perfect for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Four layers of dark chocolate cake, sandwiched in between delicious butter cream cheese chocolate frosting.  Nothing could have made me happier to make a cake for such a joyful occasion. Family is so very important. Never take that for granted. Old fashioned chocolate cake, enjoy ~

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Valrohna preferred)
1 and 3/4 cup flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 stick of melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup hot (not boiling) water with 1 TBS instant espresso powder dissolved. I prefer Megdalia D'oro Espresso Powder.

Butter two, 9" round pans. Cover with parchment, butter and flour again. Oven at 30 degrees. In large mixing bowl whisk together your dry ingredients except your cocoa powder. Sift your cocoa powder into the other ingredients and whisk again. Attach mixing bowl to mixer with paddle attachment. Add butter and eggs and mix slowly until moistened. Add buttermilk and mix for a minute. Add hot water and mix again for about 1.5 minutes. Measure the batter and pour, cup by cup into prepared 9" round pans. Measuring the batter will help keep the cakes even.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Test for doneness. Let cool. Slide knife around edge of pan after 10 minutes and tap out cake onto cooling rack. Let cool completely.

Chocolate Butter Cream Cheese Frosting- 
enough frosting to frost a four 9" layer cake

4 packs 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
2 sticks organic butter- no salt - room temp
2/3 cup Valrohna cocoa powder
hot milk - about 1/3 cup
powdered sugar -at least 2 cups..... more depending on your preferences.

Cream butter and cream cheese until fully creamed using mixer with paddle attachment. When this is nice and fluffy, add sifted cocoa powder to the mix. Please sift... I beg you. This will get all the lumps out. Mix until smooth. Add in sifted powdered sugar... I can't stress the importance of sifting. When adding in powdered sugar, do so in intervals and add a bit of hot milk to keep the sugars moving. Keep mixing and tasting along the way. You may want to play with sugar and or cocoa powder, depending on your fancy! Refrigerate if not using right away.

Assemble cake: Frosting should be mayonnaise consistency when applying to the cake. Cut layers in half. Scoop 1 cup of frosting onto first layer. Spread evenly onto layer. Top with next cake layer. Repeat with frosting and cake two times. Give your cake a nice crumb coat, refrigerate for thirty minutes. Take out and refrost again with final layer of frosting. Let chill under cake dome, until 40 minutes before you are ready to serve. Serve with vanilla ice cream... of course.

On a side note..... we have bananas on our banana trees in our front yard.... Bananas in Wisconsin.... yes we do! Here is a peek at our banana tree -I am hoping they ripen so I can make chocolate bourbon banana bread with chocolate bourbon sauce....

Kisses, hugs, chocolate cake and bananas...xoxo ~ megan


  1. Nice banana trees!

  2. Congrats to the winner! Your cake looks great and I am stunned that you have bananas growing where you live!

  3. The cake looks simple, yet very elegant and tasty! COngrats to your winner!

  4. o man..homegrown bananas! That's just so cool!

  5. How neat to have your own banana tree! If I were driving by I'd have to do a double take. The cake looks incredibly scrumptious too!

  6. well...the postman had to stop by and grab a pic for his girlfriend and our neighbors really want us to serve cocktails underneath the shade of the tree :-) ~ Megan

  7. What a wonderful celebration to welcome a new life! 94 years old is NEVER too old for good ole cake. Congrats to the great-grandparents!

  8. Oh, my family would be head over heels if they found this delicious cake on our kitchen counter :)


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