Brick Street Cafe Chocolate Cake

I am hoping to visit South Carolina someday, but for now I will settle for a big chocolate taste of the South. The Brick Street Cafe is in Greenville, SC and is famous for their cakes and pies. This recipe is said to be their cake named “The Best Chocolate Cake I’ve Ever Had”, it is definitely fudgy, chocolatey amazing!

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Cake:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs
2½ cups cake flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Liberally spray a bundt or tube pan. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Mix in vanilla and eggs. Add cake flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and buttermilk; mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake 30 minutes, turn oven heat down to 325° and bake 30-40 minutes more. Test with cake tester. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and cool completely.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
3½ cups powdered sugar
2-4 Tbl heavy cream

In sauce pan over medium heat, melt and stir together butter, water, and vanilla. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa. Stir in powdered sugar. Stir in cream one tablespoon at a time, to achieve a creamy yet pour-able frosting to spread over top of cake and run slowly down the side and puddle. There is a lot of frosting, you can put half on and wait a bit for that to set up and then pour the remaining over frosting over (microwave the remaining frosting a few seconds to get it liquid enough to pour).

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Nutella Cream Pie

If you are a Nutella fan, this might be a new favorite pie for you.

Nutella Cream Pie

1 Prebaked single crust 9″ deep dish pie shell
3 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
4½ Tbl cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
4 egg yolks, beaten
3/4 cup Nutella (or other brand chocolate hazelnut spread)

Combine milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in large saucepan.  Heat over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly.  Add a small amount of hot milk mixture to egg yolks to warm (whisking constantly), and then add egg yolks to milk mixture (whisking constantly).  Boil 1 minute stirring constantly till thick and smooth.  Remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until completely combined.  Beat several times while cooling a bit.  Pour filling into baked pie shell while slightly warm. Cover with wax paper. Cool completely in refrigerator until set.  Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

Sensible Chocolate Cake

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! If you didn’t know it, now you do, get out there and eat chocolate cake! Here’s my problem, I live in a small household now (less eaters), I have very little self-control, and I love to bake! It is a problem! Well, this cake recipe helps a little. If you make things smaller then there is less to eat, so very sensible. So, while you are out today looking for chocolate cake, go buy yourself two 6″ round cake pans and we’ll make smaller cakes together. It’s the sensible thing to do.

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Chocolate Cake
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, sour cream, and milk. Mix until all ingredients are whipped together. Divide batter evenly into two sprayed and floured 6″ round baking pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Nutella Buttercream Frosting
4 Tbl butter, softened
1/3 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbl milk

With electric mixer, whip butter and Nutella. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk one tablespoon at a time to desired frosting consistency. Spread frosting on top of first cake layer, place second layer over frosting and frost sides and top of cake.

Chocolate Snack Cake

This is a quick fix recipe for a moist, rich chocolate cake. It’s a great recipe for a 9″x9″ pan for times when you don’t need a full size cake. Throw in some mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts, slather with your favorite frosting, or dive right in and enjoy as is! Another favorite for a 13″x9″ size is Dark Chocolate Snack Cake.

Chocolate Snack Cake

1¾ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and whisk together until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if using. Pour batter into sprayed 9″x9″ square baking pan (can sprinkle some chocolate chips and nuts on top too). Bake 30-35 minutes until center is done.

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Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

This is a perfect chocolate fix! The problem…one just doesn’t seem to be enough.

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Brownie Cookies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Brownie Cookies:
2/3 cup butter, softened
1½ cups brown sugar
1 Tbl water
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1½ cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and brown sugar with electric mixer. Mix in water, vanilla, and eggs. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by scoopfuls onto ungreased or silpat lined baking sheet, two inches apart. Bake 8-9 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2-3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer. Add powdered sugar, cocoa, and milk one Tbl at a time to make desired spreading consistency. Frost each cookie and sprinkle with colored sprinkles.

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S’more Cookie Bars

This S’more bar recipe was introduced to me by my niece Ashley who loves to bake as much as I do. Delicious mixture of the old favorite favors of graham, marshmallow, and chocolate with no fire to build or smoke in your eyes!

S'more Cookie Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1¹/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (approx 7 full graham crackers)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 (4.25 oz) large Special Dark or Hershey’s Chocolate bars
1½ cups marshmallow creme

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer, cream butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix just until combined. Divide dough in half and press half into an even layer in a well sprayed 8″x8″ pan. Place chocolate bars over dough (can use smaller bars to make single layer of chocolate). Spread marshmallow creme evenly over the chocolate layer, it’s a sticky business but it works out. I spray my fingers with non-stick spray and pat it into even layer. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of marshmallow creme. This is most easily done by putting the second half of dough in a gallon size freezer bag. Use your palms to flatten it out, and then use scissors to cut down both long sides of the bag, so it will open up book-style. Open it up carefully, and dough will stick on one side of the bag. Then turn bag over, dough side down, on top of other three layers. From there peel the bag up and spread dough where it is uneven. Bake about 30 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Recipe found at bakedperfection.com.

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Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

I am calling these little cuties healthy doughnut because they are baked and not deep fried. Maybe healthier is better?

Double Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

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Chocolate Doughnuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
4 Tbl butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Glaze:
1 Tbl butter, melted
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbl unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch salt
3 to 4 Tbl milk
2 tsp vanilla
color jimmies

Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 325°.  Spray doughnut baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

For the doughnuts: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, melted butter, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together until all ingredients are well combined. Scoop batter into prepared doughnut baking pan. Each doughnut mold should be about two-thirds full. Bake doughnuts 11 to 13 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow doughnuts to rest five minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely before glazing. Repeat baking process with remaining batter.

For the glaze: In a medium bowl whisk together butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.  Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla.  Whisk to combine. Mixture may be thick. Add milk, a tablespoon at a time, until glaze is thick but still pourable. Dip each doughnut into chocolate glaze.  Shake off some of the excess glaze. Return to wire rack and sprinkle with color jimmies.  Allow to rest for the frosting to harden slightly. Makes 8-10 doughnuts, depends on how full you fill the molds and how much batter you eat!

Original recipe from joythebaker.com.

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Crazy for Coconut!

I love coconut, how about you? Here are some ideas for your coconut cravings…

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Chocolate Mini Muffins

For a quick little snack!

Chocolate Mini Muffins

2½ cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup butter, melted & cooled
1/2 cup oil
1½ cups milk
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare muffin pan with papers, spray or use Demarle (no prep necessary). In large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips, and nuts. In medium bowl, whisk together cooled melted butter, oil, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix by hand just until well incorporated. Scoop batter into muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until top center is set. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

* For regular size muffins, bake 25-30 minutes. For mini bread loaves, bake for 35-40 minutes.

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Chocolate Orange Cream Pie

A love of the flavor combination of chocolate and orange came from my Dad. Roger loves Orange Sticks, dark chocolate covered orange jelly sticks that come all in a row in a long thin box. Do you know what I’m talking about? I don’t think a Christmas or Birthday (actually for my Dad that is the same day) went by that he didn’t receive one of those boxes. Then comes along the wonderful creation of the Chocolate Orange, genius, brilliant! Well, maybe that’s going overboard, it is yummy. So today I give you my Chocolate Orange Cream Pie, not genius or brilliant…just pretty yummy. This is for you Dad, love ya! Yes, I will be bringing some over to you and Mom tomorrow! ;o)

Chocolate Orange Cream Pie

9″ Deep Dish Chocolate Cookie Crumb Crust:
1½ cups cookie crumbs (chocolate wafers like Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers)
6 Tbl butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375°. Stir together chocolate cookie crumbs and butter. Press into pie plate, bottom and up sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool.

Orange Cream Pie Filling:
1 large orange, juice (1/3 cup) and fine zest
2 2/3 cups milk
4½ Tbl cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten
2 Tbl butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 drop red food coloring

Combine orange juice, zest, milk, cornstarch, salt, and sugar in large saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium to medium high heat, whisking constantly.  Put egg yolks in small bowl, whisk into yolks a small amount of hot milk mixture to warm the yolks, and then slowly add them back to milk mixture.  Boil 1 minute whisking constantly until thick and smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in butter, vanilla, and red food coloring.  Beat several times while cooling.  Pour into baked pie shell when it has cooled to just warm.  Cover with wax or parchment paper, cool completely in refrigerator (at least 3 hours) until filling is cold and set.  Serve with drizzled chocolate and whipped cream.

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