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It’s National Chocolate Cake Day


January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day!

For a chocoholic this day is heaven! I mean moist chocolate cake!

Yes, Thank you!

…not the cake you pick up at the super-center bakery …but a decadent treat made with chocolate love!

…not the kind that comes from a box …but a fab recipe that SCREAMS: CHOCOLATE!

Hershey’s has an easy recipe for the perfect chocolate cake …that you just gotta try!

Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. 10 to 12 servings.

Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extractMelt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
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January 27, 2011 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Red's Cupcakes, Sweets, Yummo | , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Celebrate ~ It’s National Peach Cobbler Day


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Today is National Peach Cobbler Day

…and yes, I make the best peach cobbler on the planet. Yes, I do. I am not afraid to say it! It’s full of butter and calories…so it’s not one of those thing I would serve every day…but it’s a treat for special occasion.  

…and what a better special occasion than National Peach Cobbler Day?! 

It’s so easy…served warm and topped with some vanilla bean ice cream…Well, you try it and tell me if it’s not the best you’ve ever tasted! 

 

 

PEACH COBBLER: 

1 Cup Flour 

1 Cup Sugar 

2 tsp Baking Powder 

½ tsp Salt 

1 tsp Vanilla 

¾ Cup Milk 

1 Stick Butter (Melted) 

1 16 oz Can Sliced Peaches 

Cinnamon 

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla in bowl. Add milk and butter; mix well. Pour into 8×8 baking dish. Spoon peaches with juice over batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly golden brown. 

Serve warm. 

Yum.

April 13, 2010 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Celebrate, Yummo | , , | 2 Comments

Sunday Sweets ~ Banana Chocolate Chip Bars


A couple of over-ripe bananas…and it’s Sunday Sweet time for sure.

One of my family’s fav’s is banana chocolate chip bars. Super easy to make and perfect when I’ve bought too many bananas this week. With a few staple pantry ingredients I can throw together a fabulous treat.

This is my mom’s recipe. I still use the recipe card that I wrote the recipe on in green ink when I was a little girl and by now…it has plenty of batter splatters on it.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars:

In small bowl mix together:

            2 cups Flour

            2 tsp Baking Powder

            ½ tsp Salt

 In larger bowl cream:

            2/3 cup Shortening (I used butter flavored Crisco for better flavor)

            2/3 cup Sugar

            2/3 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar

 Beat in:

      1 tsp pure Vanilla

            1 Egg

            1 cup mashed Banana

            1 cup Chocolate Chips (I use mini-chips)

 Mix  wet and dry ingredients.

Grease your baking pan. My mom makes these in a jellyroll pan and bakes for 20 minutes.

My family likes them a thick and chewy so I use a 13×9 baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool and Enjoy!

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April 11, 2010 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Sunday Sweets, Yummo | , , , | Leave a comment

National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day


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Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day!

Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, the sun is shining…what a wonderful day to bake a lemon chiffon cake!

It’s delicate, it’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s delectable!

Try this Triple Lemon Chiffon Cake. (Click here for recipe.)

Cake Quote of the Day: A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he had the biggest piece. Ludwig Erhard

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March 29, 2010 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Yummo | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Sweets ~ Chocolate Chip Scones


Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones Warm from the Oven

Gather up the ingredients.

It’s the 2nd day of spring…and yes, we woke up to ice and snow…not my favorite…but what a wonderful time to stay in our PJ’s with a hot cup of coffee and a warm brown sugar chocolate chip scone with a warm fire blazing! Yes, this morning was that morning…and a perfect time for Sunday Sweets.

So I gathered all the ingredients together and got ready for a messy kitchen. Scones are messy – I just have to dig in with my hands and not just use a pastry cutter when mixing…but the finished product is so worth it. Light, flakey, scrumptious. I always use coarse decorator sugar to top my scones. I found I had run out of the plain sugar this morning but I do have red…thus, the festive red color of the finished product below.

Click here for Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe.

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March 21, 2010 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Sunday Sweets, Yummo | , , , | Leave a comment

Free Coffee – BOLD


Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.  ~Stephanie Piro

…and anyone who knows me knows my love for a great cup of coffee.

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It hasn’t always been that way…it all started with the gas station putting in a cappuccino machine. You know the one – starts with a powdery mix and water – way too much sugar and fat – but really taste great. Ok…so at the time I thought it really was great. I started with a mocha, then french vanilla…and the love grew from there.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking…that’s not a great cup of coffee. And yes, I agree. I don’t think I could drink a gas station cappuccino these days…just couldn’t do it. But it is where I got my coffee training wheels.

Today I have a DeLonghi espresso machine at home, a Westbend espresso maker in my office – and for those days when I am needing a tall frosty frappuccino I have a Mr. Coffee Café Frappe maker.

I also make the best chocolate espresso cake ever…ask anyone. One bite and you’re in chocolate heaven. Non-coffee lovers love this cake.

I have the Starbucks mapped out on my smartphone for every road trip and plan my route accordingly.

Great coffee is even better when it’s FREE!

Starbucks has a campaign going on right now. They invite you to take a Coffee Journey. Details: Starbucks invites customers on an eight-week Bold Coffee Journey.

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A free pound of BOLD coffee…sweet deal for sure. You’ll need to hurry in and start your journey – week 1 started March 8th and week 2 will be here before you know it! 

I’ve decided to go on this BOLD journey….are you coming along on the adventure?

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March 11, 2010 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Coffee, Random | , , , , | 3 Comments