We’re planning on a relaxing, low-key weekend. Perfect after turning in that beast of a paper yesterday. Whew. I’d like to go to yoga and check out more leaves. They seem game to do the same. (Well, mom will go to yoga with me, and dad will watch football.)
Last year for my thirtieth birthday, I was going to create a list of 30 things to do for my 30th birthday – because, well, people say it’s a big deal so I wanted to make it into something of a deal – but I decided to keep it simple and spend the year discovering my favorite chocolate cake.
I got this nutty, yet fun, idea after reading Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table. She writes the last chapter about her“Winning-Hearts-and-Minds Cake”- which she describes as “my chocolate cake” and something that she believes everyone needs in their repertoire.
1 year and 10 cakes.
1. Chocolate Avocado Cake (made into mini-cupcakes)
2. Big Sur Bakery’s Chocolate Bundt Cake
5. Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Cupcakes
Well, they were all good, in different ways.
The Chocolate Avocado Cake is vegan and delicious. Even my dad liked it.
I happen to love the Peanut Butter & Jelly Cake because it’s my aunt’s recipe and reminds me of home.
The Easiest Chocolate Cake really is a one-bowl wonder.
The Winning Hearts & Minds Cake is like eating a truffle. So dense and rich.
(That Deb…..she’s always got the good recipes. Liza and I tell our friends to go to her website all the time. Just make anything! People will be impressed.)
I’ve made cupcakes with it….
Liza and I made cupcakes and layer cakes filled with raspberry curd….
Ashley and I tested recipes (I forget how many?!) for her wedding cupcakes (yes, she made her own!) and this recipe was the winner. Everyone commented on the rich flavor and moistness.
It’s truly an amazing recipe. I would make it again this weekend, but I think I’m going to move onto a new flavor this year.
Happy early weekend! I’m taking a long one to hang out with the parents.