Thursday, November 10, 2011

The BEST Chocolate Cake

Here is the recipe for the  
Chocolate Cake
that was made for the Rustic Party. 
It was yummy!
Very moist
Creamy frosting
 Amy used Duncan Donuts brand coffee in this cake.

The Best Chocolate Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes


2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Black Cocoa, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup strong black coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee’s Vermont Country Blend)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa(s), baking soda, baking powder. Mix on low until dry ingredients are thoroughly combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about two minutes; the batter will be thin. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
4. Frost as desired. I used a simple and delicious Chocolate Buttercream Frosting from Savory Sweet Life. One batch was perfect for this layered chocolate cake.


- The Black Cocoa from King Arthur Flour is optional - it simply provides a great depth of flavor and color to the chocolate cake.
- This cake also pairs beautifully with a simple chocolate ganache.
Recipe adapted from Hershey's Black Magic Cake

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rustic Party

Ugh...where have we been???
Busy planning and doing parties I guess!  

Today we will show you the  
Rustic themed party 
we did just this past Sunday night. 
The party was for a very deserving lady which made it so much fun to put together!  
We were told she loves natural, rustic things.  
We chose the colors of browns, beige, greens to use in the decor.  Twigs, rocks, split peas and glass were all part of this party. :)

Amy chose a menu of 
Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Dip 
served with pretzel chips and flatbread sticks
Sweet & Spicy Nuts
Pumpkin Biscotti
Chocolate Cake
served with four options of homemade creamers
Cinnamon Strudel
and Caramel 
The ladies loved the creamers 
and I think most of them tried each flavor!  

Here are the pics we have to share with you.  
Recipes will may follow on a later post.

 This was the word banner I was making here.  
We decided not to hang it from the ceiling since it was really high, 
so this is what it ended up to be.

 We did not know what the guest of honor's home looked like so we hoped it 
would all come together and it was perfect!  
The home was beautiful and I knew the moment we walked in the door and saw a tray of 
lit candles sitting in rocks that it was all good! 

Up next...we do have pictures from the 
Olivia party we did in October. 
Stay tuned. :)

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