Monday, January 31, 2011
If you like coffee & chocolate......you will love this cake!
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then grease & flour 2 round cake pans - 8 or 9 inch, either is fine. (I used my pan-ease mixture)
In a measuring cup or heat-resistant bowl, add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee granules.
Stir in 1 cup boiling water, and set aside.
Now, in a large mixing bowl, or your mixer's bowl - add 2 cups flour.
2 cups of sugar
3 Tablespoons Baking Cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
And mix it all up.
Now, in a small saucepan, melt your butter.
Pour in the coffee mixture.
Mmmmmm...Coffee & Butter....looking good baby!
Remove it from the heat.
Now, if you are like me, and you NEVER buy buttermilk, this is what you do. Of course, if you do have buttermilk on hand, go right ahead and use that...but since I rarely use it and have no need to buy it, this is my tip:
In the measuring cup, measure 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice.
And pour in enough milk to give you the 1/2 cup you need. Then set aside.
Now in a small mixing bowl, you will bet two eggs.
Mix in your milk
Now add 2 teaspoons vanilla
and 1 teaspoon baking soda
Now, while you are mixing it, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of the coffee & butter.
This will warm your egg mixture, so you don't get scrambled eggs in your cake.
Then slowly mix the egg mixture into the saucepan. Mix it all together.
Now you are going to pour all of the liquid ingredients into your large mixing bowl of dry ingredients.
And mix it until it is just smooth.
Pour it into your cake pans.
Bake them for 23-28 minutes, or until the cakes test done in the center with a toothpick.
After allowing to cool a couple minutes, remove cakes from pans and cook completely.
Now, here is confession time, and proof that I am "keeping it real" on this blog.
Number 1 = I HATE my cake pans. No matter how or what I coat my pans with, my cakes ALWAYS stick.
And Number 2 = I am NOT a perfect cook.
This is the evidence.
My cakes stuck. Bad. One of them was in pieces. But I just placed all the pieces back where they go.
But I don't give up, and if you have this problem, neither should you!
Why? You'll see.
Now when your cakes are cool, time for the frosting.
In a medium or large mixing bowl, beat 1 1/2 sticks of room temperature butter until light and fluffy.
Add in 2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons baking cocoa
...and now 1 lb of powdered/confectioner's sugar
and then you are going to add in enough cream or 1/2 & 1/2 until you have a nice, spreadable consistencey. Add your cream slowly, a little at a time. How much you will need will depend on the dryness of your ingredients.
I couldn't believe this, but with my mixer making all that noise, my youngest actually fell asleep on the sofa.
He never falls asleep! I think he is hitting a growth spurt. Oh help me!
Now.....take one of your cake layers, and place it on the serving dish or platter.
Layer some frosting on, and place the other layer on top.
This is why I didn't panic over the broken cake. I place the "bad" layer on the bottom. The weight and moisture of the cake and frosting, presses all those pieces together. When I cut this cake a couple hours later, it stayed together like any other cake. No one knew I had had a near disaster except me.
Finish frosting your cake, and tada! All done!
Just wipe the stray crumbs off the platter, and you are finished!
This one was for my hubby's 38th birthday.
PRINTABLE VERSION: Mocha Cake
Not only is she a new Military Spouse...but she is a new spouse! Ahhh....newlyweds!
Check out her beautiful post about her adoption. Such a precious story!
An Introduction from Allison:
"Hi y'all! I am Allison and you can find me over at The Diary Of A Mrs. I am a new Air Force wife, preparing for our first move this upcoming Spring and trying to figure out life in the military. The Air Force was never an option for us, until this past Summer, he signed in August and left in November. We will have been together for 4 years in March, were engaged for 13 days and have only been married since October (13 days before he left for BMT). I was so excited when Mrs. Mamahen asked to highlight me on Military Monday's. If y'all stop by please let me know, I love hearing from my readers!"
Q: What do you think will be the most exciting part of your new life as an Air Force wife?
A: I'm really excited to move to California this Spring, it'll be my first big move away from family and friends. I'm excited (and equally nervous) to move 3,000 miles away from everything familiar with my husband, travel the west coast and just learn to be the best wife possible.Q: Is there anything special you have done to prepare yourself for military life?
A: Honestly, I really had no idea how hard military life would be...or the distance. I have asked a lot of questions, to my husband, his recruiter, military friends and bloggers. I have read a lot of blogs and a lot of forums. :D
Stop by and pay this new MilSpouse a visit!
Each week I will highlight a Military Spouse out there in the blogging world. They can be from any branch of the military.
For more information, to see a list of military bloggers, or to add yourself to the community of Military Spouses, visit: Military Mondays
Who might next week's Military Spouse be? Might it be YOU?
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Unlike THESE preparations, they are a little less joyful.
Of course kiddos and art are always a joyful combination.
But for the older folks, it is a little more bittersweet.
There were a few of us here this day, making a variety of these.
But only a few of us, because let's face it. No one wants to think about this. Some would rather not think about it at all. So sign-making with this particular theme is not a way they would like to spend their time.
Here we go again.
I pulled a new name to receive this book, since the last winner never claimed the prize.
The name that has been pulled is..................USM_Clarinet
Please e-mail me at MrsMamaHen (at) gmail.com with your mailing address.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
He's been doing this a long time....it's a career for him.
Okay, okay! I take back what I said about the diet cat food!