On the second, our cat, Boots disappeared. We tried and tried to find him, but the odds really are against us. Our yard abuts conservation land, and there is a lot of wild life out there. After over a week decision was made to get another feline! And Jazz, a beautiful 6-weeks-old calico found her way into our hearts.
All this being said, I have not cooked a lot. Actually, I have left the cooking to Bob and Emilie!! She is showing a real interest in making dinner and is really talented too. I can proudly say that all three children can cook!
She made a wonderful cake for my birthday. Chocolate evidently. From Martha Stewart Living magazine. The cake was really tasty, moist; the frosting just perfect.
I had been looking for such a recipe and finally found it (thank you Martha!). Here it is:
Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus 2 tsp for pans
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup warm water
3 Tbsp safflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate frosting (recipe below)
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and dust with cocoa powder.
Sift the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low speed until just combined. Raise the speed to medium and add the eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes. Remove from pans and transfer to wire rack, face up to cool completely.
Spread 2 cups of chocolate frosting on the top of one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top and spread the rest of the cocolate frosting on top and sides of the cakes.
2 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
12 Tbsp butter, softened
9 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
3/4 cup sour cream or creme fraiche
Sift together the sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
Beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer, on medium-high speed, until smooth.
Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the sugar-cocoa mixture. Beat until combined.
Pour in the melted chocolate in a slow and steady stream. Add the creme fraiche and beat until combined.