Wednesday, March 25, 2015

~ Chocolate Velvet Cake ~



White Chocolate Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Velvet Cake

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 cup butter, softened 
(16-ounce) package light brown sugar
large eggs 
2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
(8-ounce) container sour cream 
1 cup hot water *
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Melt semisweet chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 30-second intervals until melted (about 1 1/2 minutes total time). Stir until smooth.

Beat butter and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer, beating about 5 minutes or until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add melted chocolate, beating just until blended.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to chocolate mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Gradually add 1 cup *hot water in a slow, steady stream, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in vanilla. Use immediately.

Spoon batter evenly into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans (pans must be 2 inches deep). Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

Use your favorite frosting ~  Buttercream, Ganache, Coconut & Pecan are just a few.

Note:

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The addition of hot water at the end of this recipe makes for an exceptionally moist cake.  I always like to add coffee to a chocolate cake or brownies ~ I think it enhances the flavor. You can brew 8 oz. strong coffee (hot) and add rather than hot water. OR ~ you can add instant coffee or espresso granules along with the hot water. 
You'll need 2 (9-inch) round cake pans that are at least 2 inches deep for this cake. If your pans are only 1 1/2 inches deep, use 3 pans, and reduce baking time to 25 to 30 minutes. This recipe can be used for cupcakes, pound cake, sheet cake ~ your choice!

 Always add the Love ~  :)

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Monday, March 23, 2015

~ Flip Flop Wreath ~


My niece shared this with me.  I think she found it on Pinterest ~ and who would doubt that?  :)



Nothing says Welcome Summer like flip-flops!
Gather:
  • 7-8 Colorful pairs of Flip Flips – check the dollar store, use varied sizes too!
  • Silk flowers
  • Hot Glue
  • Plain Wreath
  • Decorative flat beads/stones
Practice with your layout before you glue anything on. Once you have everything where you want it THEN start gluing. Hang on your front door!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

~ For your garden! ~


Spring has sprung!  Well, not so much here although we are having some typical spring rains and thunderstorms. I had to have a jacket today.  Now, when it gets to 100 - 110 remind me of this!  :)


We certainly have the mosquitoes too!  I'm sure you seasoned gardeners know about these plants but I was unaware of all of them.  Just thought I'd share ~ let's see if they work!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

~ How to make a Watermelon Pizza ~


Doesn't this look fresh, healthy and delish?  I saw it on FB this morning and thought I'd share.

Watermelon-Pizza

It’s practically a pizza fruit salad. You will need a watermelon, slices of kiwi, peach, strawberries, blueberries and white chocolate. Cut a large piece of watermelon, which will be the base of your “pizza” and place the slices of fruits on it. After that use a pizza slicer to cut triangles out of the watermelon and create pizza slices. At the end add grated white chocolate or coconut on top and your healthy pizza will be ready. Delicious and very cooling for a hot summer day!

I would top the pizza with Feta cheese ~ sooooo good with watermelon! Add blackberries, mango, grapes, nectarines...your choice!

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