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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.

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Cakes By Robyn, Red's Cupcakes, 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

National Black Forest Cake Day

Today, March 28th, is National Black Forest Cake Day…yes, there really is a national day for this delectable dessert.

The black forest cake originated in the 16th century in the Black Forest region in Germany.

I recently came across this Black Forest Cake recipe (click here for recipe) on a friend’s dessert blog ~ Desserted Planet and you’ve gotta check it out…and you’ve got to make her family recipe. She is a fabulous chocolatier – she makes the most unbelievable chocolate covered cherries (my personal favorite) and she is absolutely famous for her chocolate covered marshmallows. 

As you know, I am a baker and I love a new challenge. This cake isn’t complicated but it does take time to make all the components.

This black forest cake is a moist chocolate cake layered with a rich chocolate ganache, sweetened whipped cream, and a sweet dark cherry sauce. I chose to use a chocolate buttercream frosting and it proved to be a great choice.

A little treat every once in a while is a fabulous thing!…so grab a cup of coffee and a fork and indulge!

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Coffee, 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