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Today for Friday Faves, we are getting you ready for January 27, which is Chocolate Cake Day! Not that we need a day to decide to bake and eat chocolate cake, but here is a great excuse! We've shared a number of chocolate cakes here on the blog, but besides those, today I have gathered some favorites from some of our blogger friends to share with you as well! You can just click on the links to their blogs to find the recipes or to the posts that we have shared before. But, hurry, you only have 2 days to choose which cake (or 2) you will bake! (After all, it is a holiday!)
What is your favorite Chocolate Cake?
I had almost forgotten about this cake that I developed for Alicia and shared in this post about our favorite birthday cakes! I need to revisit it and make it again!
I love the beauty and the story behind this cake from Shelley Webb, internationalcaregiver.com
She made this cake herself for her wedding in 1983. Actually, she made 14 of them! I can hardly wait to make this recipe! Look at how rich it looks:
This Swiss Cake Roll originally posted for a Valentine's Day dessert. So, if you don't make it for Chocolate Cake Day, keep it in your back pocket for Valentine's Day. Actually, any of these cakes would be perfect for Valentine's Day!
I love a good Texas Sheet Cake and this one from Blogging Grandma Candy Cage at Candy's Farm House Pantry looks just like a Texas Sheet Cake should. It would be perfect for a large family gathering on Chocolate Cake Day.
Shared by Pam Marston at Natural Essentials at Yellow Banks shared this iconic recipe. The marshmallow cream makes this cake decadent.
Maddy was so happy when I shared this Vegan Chocolate Cake that is moist and decadent. The eggs and any other animal products are truly not missed!
The wonderful thing about baking with zucchini is the moisture it adds to the recipe, not to mention it makes you feel like your cake is really healthy so you can eat an extra piece! Thanks to Nancy on the Home Front for this great recipe!
Last but not least we couldn't share a list of great chocolate cakes without sharing this Perfect Chocolate Cake. It is so dense, moist and chocolaty! The perfect cake for Chocolate Cake Day!
Plus 1 update!!!
After going live with this post, Alicia reminded me that I had left out the Black Forest Cake! I couldn't do that! This decadent Chocolate-Cherry Cake is perfect for a chocolate cake celebration! It also reminds me of my days in Germany!
There you have it, 9 choices instead of 8!
Now, how do I choose which one to make? Which one do you think you would like the best? I'll let you know on Instagram and Facebook later. In the meantime, make your cake, and eat it too!
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When we were working on our pie book and developing new recipes, one of my friends asked me if we made Chocolate Pecan Pie. She hadn't seen a recipe for it, but was thinking that the combination of flavors sounded good. I told her that I would give it a try and bring her one if it was successful. So, I started scouring Pinterest for the many versions of Chocolate Pecan Pie available.
Most of the recipes I found simply added chocolate chips to the pie, along with the pecans. So, I tried a version of that idea. It seemed promising. The pie looks really delicious, right? Well, my husband was unimpressed with the flavor. I have to admit that I was as well. I feel like the best part of the Pecan Pie is the custard below the pecans. In this case, the chocolate overpowered that creamy texture and rich flavor. Not to mention that as the chocolate chips cooled and rehardened, it made the pie difficult to slice! So, I checked off the chocolate chip method as a fail.
One of the beauties of Pecan Pie is that it is really super easy to whip up. A lot of the recipes I found made the process so much more difficult, so I gave those a hard pass. One day I was discussing the Chocolate Pecan Pie idea with Maddy and she suggested I toast and candy the pecans with brown sugar and cocoa powder to see if that would give the hint of chocolate that we wanted. I thought, "Genius!" So, I gave it a try. The pecans came out really tasty after I toasted them in a skillet with butter, brown sugar and cocoa powder. And, the crumbs from the toasting left a sort of chocolate swirl through the custard part of the pie. But, when it was baked all together, the flavor of the chocolate really didn't come through at all. I still liked this idea though, and may explore it further.
To make a long story short, the Chocolate Pecan Pie didn't make it into the ebook and my friend hasn't received her pie. A couple of other suggestions I may try are:
But really, I think the moral of this story is that not every really good thing has to be chocolate! I know, I know, unbelievable! But I have tweaked my Pecan Pie recipe over the years until it is a family favorite, with the perfect balance between the amount of pecans and the custard below them. My husband is firmly in the camp of not messing with the Pecan Pie at all! It is his all time favorite! Sometimes you just don't mess with a good thing.
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I have loved Hot Fudge Sundaes since I was a child. I learned that love from my mom. It was always a special treat to get to go to Foster's Freeze in our little town and get a Hot Fudge Sundae! I could have eaten that hot fudge sauce all by itself, but tasting the hot fudge with a bit of the cold ice cream was like going to heaven with every bite. Over the years, I have tried many different recipes for Hot Fudge Sauce. I haven't really found one that replicates that flavor of long ago. They often have chocolate chips in them and they harden too much when they hit the cold ice cream. But, the other day I was going through an old recipe collection when I came across what is possibly the simplest and closest to the mark version of a hot fudge sauce that I have ever tried. The beauty of this recipe is that I already had everything for it available in my kitchen staples! So, I put my baby granddaughter in her highchair and we got busy making it! It made a nice good sized batch, cost very little and the taste is great! I immediately spooned some over a bowl of my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream, which it melted down the sides of, then squirted on some whipped cream. I tasted it and pronounced it good! (Look up at the top picture and see the goodness that I am describing!)
So, after making this delightful treat, which believe me is a relief to eat during our terribly hot summer, I started wondering what types of toppings my family loves best on their ice cream. Isn't it weird that after all of these years I don't really know! So, today for Friday Faves, the question is, "What is your favorite ice cream topping?"
I polled my family and here are the answers I received:
I was surprised when Alicia answered that her favorite topping is Gummy Bears! I guess she likes something a little chewy to go with her smooth ice cream. She followed that up with sprinkles. I always have lots of those on hand in my Hot Cocoa Bomb Supplies.
Maddy says she loves brownie bites and cookie dough bits sprinkled on her sundaes! I have to agree that those are delicious!
My DIL Korina likes the chocolate that forms a shell on the ice cream when it hits the cold. Smucker's Magic Shell is available in a 4 pack from Amazon! Her husband, my oldest son Aaron, predictably answered with Bacon Bits as his choice!
My other DIL, Jessica, likes good ol' Hershey's chocolate syrup! My husband feels the same.
Do you like my ice cream dishes? I bought them in Switzerland when my husband and I were living in Germany during his army years. But, here are some cute ones!
What are your favorite toppings? Have you tried Bacon Bits? That salty sweet taste might be pretty good, I do like bacon on donuts. Let us know in the comments!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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