Friday, October 30, 2009

sweet chocolate

Chocolate. Cake.


Mwahahahahahaha! As a matter of fact, it's the sheet cake recipe from Pioneer Woman's blog. Just the cake recipe, though, because I improvised my own frosting. The original called for something like a pound of powdered sugar, and anybody in these parts knows that the stores only sell about 1/2 cup, little, fancy packages of powdered sugar for, I don't know, decoratively sprinkling on some fancy little cake. I'm not really sure what you'd call the frosting I made (I call it delicious), but here's how I made it...

I decided to go for a caramel-like base, so I melted about half a stick of butter and added a few generous tablespoons of brown sugar when it was bubbling, then I kept stirring that until the sugar was all melted down. Then I added maybe a tablespoon of cream and kept stirring the lightening, bubbling, frothy mixture. When I thought things had gone far enough, I dropped in some squares of baking chocolate and stirred them around until they'd melted. For some extra flava, I added a few spoonfuls of hazelnut liqueur (the syrup you add to lattes and such) and a wee bit of vanilla. Finally, I stirred in my little 1/2 cup package of powdered sugar until it reached a smooth, albeit thick, consistency.

The recipe said to frost the cake while it was still warm, so that's what I did. The taste was amazing, and still was a couple of days later. The frosting cooled and though it didn't get hard, it firmed up to a nice, fudgey consistency.

So what would you call this frosting?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

ooh, that looks tasty!

Sue said...

What would I call that frosting? Delectable? Scrumptious? Sinful. Yes, that's it.

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like a BIRTHDAY CAKE!!!! Happy Birthday, Little Dusty!

William said...

Happy birthday!

Mom said...

Birthday Greetings... hope you don't have to work on your birthday this year. We miss you and will have to make a cake here, in your honor. It must be chocolate! I don't know if I can reproduce that frosting recipe... but it does sound delicious.
Love, Mom

jasmine tea said...

Thanks, everybody!!!

I did indeed have to work a culture festival, but it wrapped up (for us) around 2pm, and we got to be indoors at this one, so it was all good. Plus I can now take some substitute time off to get my re-entry permit from the govt. during the workweek. :)