Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate Cake Inspiration

Picture from Martha Stewart


Today is National Chocolate Cake Day and I wanted to celebrate it!!!
I'll do that by sharing some really good pictures I found
along with some tasty recipes,
a chocolate cake that's not edible,
and even a little ideas for wedding/party favors...






Above pictures from Martha Stewart


Easy Chocolate Party Cake

From Country Living and they say and I quote,

"Some people call this a "dump" cake -- all the ingredients are dumped into one bowl, mixed into a smooth batter, and baked into moist, fudgy layers."
Ingredients
    * 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    * 1 1/2 cup(s) whole milk
    * 2/3 cup(s) granulated sugar
    * 2/3 cup(s) dark brown sugar
    * 1/2 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
    * 3/4 cup(s) butter
    * 3 large eggs
    * 2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    * 1 teaspoon(s) baking powder
    * 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    * Fudgy Cream-Cheese Frosting

Directions

   1. Make the batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a small brush, lightly coat two 8-inch cake pans with softened butter. Dust with flour and tap out any excess. Set aside. In a large bowl, using a mixer set at low speed, combine the flour and remaining 10 ingredients. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue to beat for 3 more minutes.
   2. Bake the cake: Divide the batter equally between the pans and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the cake pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen the cake layers from the pan sides. Invert cake layers onto the wire rack to cool completely.
   3. Frost the cake: Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the cake layers, if necessary. Line the edges of a cake plate with 3-inch-wide strips of waxed or parchment paper and place a cake layer, trimmed side down, on top. Place 1/2 cup of our Fudgy Cream-Cheese Frosting on top of the layer and spread evenly. Place the second layer on the first and cover the top and sides with the remaining icing. Remove paper strips and serve. Store refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Fudgy Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

    * 8 ounce(s) cream cheese, softened
    * 4 tablespoon(s) (1/2 stick) butter, softened
    * 3 tablespoon(s) whole milk
    * 3 cup(s) confectioners' sugar, sifted
    * 2/3 cup(s) cocoa
    * 1/8 teaspoon(s) salt
    * 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract

Directions

   1. In a medium bowl, using a mixer set at medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, and milk together until smooth. Add the sugar, cocoa, and salt and continue to beat until blended.
   2. Reduce mixer speed to low, add the vanilla, and beat until smooth. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.




Molten Chocolate Cupcakes from Martha Stewart Weddings
Find the recipe in here !!!




Godiva has the cutest little chocolate tiered cakes for favors...



and check out this chocolate cake for the kids to just play with!

found on Etsy, from Fantastic Toys.




Chocolate Cake?
Mmmm...



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