On Friday I completed goal number number 9.
#9. Make a chocolate cake from scratch.
If I do say so myself, it was delicious!!
Here is the recipe and pictures!
1 c. Butter
2 c. Sugar
1 c. Buttermilk (I made my own with
1 T. Lemon Juice and 1 c. Milk)
1/2 c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 1/2 c. Flour
2 t. Baking Soda
1/2 t. Salt
1 c. Boiling Water
As I mentioned yesterday, I've been sick with a cold/nasty cough this weekend. I just discovered a tea I really like so I've been sipping on it all weekend. Including while I made the cake. Just an FYI, I washed my hands all the time and did not lick any spoons or beaters. Anyhoo...this tea is a new favorite.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and dust pans with cocoa. (I really liked this, I usually use flour, but I'm going to try using different things.)
Use 9 x 13 or 2 - 8" round pans.
In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
Beat in the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately. Mix just until incorporated.
Add the boiling water and beat for one full minute.
So, the picture....I thought I had 2 - 8" pans...turns out I had 2 - 7" pans. I just kept baking the cake like normal and this is what spilled over.
Like I told my mom, when I called to ask her baking advice, I chose to look at this, not as a failure, but as...I get to eat cake for lunch! Even the overflow cake was nummy.
I baked the cakes in the morning so they would have lots of time to cool. In the afternoon I made two batches of chocolate ganache.
9 oz. Chocolate
1 c. Heavy Cream
The recipe called for bittersweet chocolate, I ended up using mostly bittersweet and a little semi-sweet. I think next time I make it I'll use half and half or all semi-sweet chips.
Heat the cream until just boiling, stir occasionally. Once it's boiling pour over chocolate chips. Whisk until smooth.
I made two batches of ganache. The first one I let cool and then whipped until it was light and fluffy. That was the filling and edging. The second one I poured over the top, starting in the center.
Here's the finished product!
The girls I had over to help me eat it told me it was good. So...goal number 9...check!
319 days left. 24 goals to go.