The Best Cake I Make: Double Chocolate Layer Cake

I would like to share with you the best cake that I make… The recipe was shared with me by my lovely friend Joanna (visit her here) and is by Ina Garten.  You can find the recipe here.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netThere are a LOT of things I like about this cake:

  1. I have made this cake at LEAST four times, and it has been good every time.
  2. The buttermilk in the cake makes the actual cake AWESOME and it is the only from-scratch cake I have excelled at yet.  Who needs Pillsbury?
  3. The coffee that is in the icing and in the cake really gives it a deep mocha flavor!
  4. The icing is really easy to work with and I am getting better at icing it each time.
  5. EVERYONE loves this cake!

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netLook at ALL of the chocolate!!!!!  Here she is all done:

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netThis lovely cake was made for my Dad’s 64th birthday earlier this month.  He loved it!  Sometimes it is so so lovely to make someone you love a from-scratch cake.

Check out my icing writing on the top!  I wish I could show you my last cake’s attempts… it is safe to say that I am getting better!  You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.net

 

This cake makes me smile!

 

 

 

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Cinnamon Rolls

Greetings!  I know, I have been away for quite some time.  The hustle and bustle of the season, along with me still trying to figure out how to juggle my full-time and consultant work, has left me with not much time to update my blog.  But, rather than apologize some more, here is a snap of the most delicious cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted…

Of course, they are Pioneer Woman’s famous Cinnamon Rolls.  I have been wanting to make them for YEARS and I finally did it!! Here is the handy link: Cinnamon Rolls

The cats helped:

kittiesThis upcoming year, I will be back soon with delicious recipes and interesting things.  I love being able to share a little slice of my life with those of you who have taken the time to stop by.  Happy New Year, and I hope that your holidays were merry and bright!

 

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My Favorite Cake

Hello from Spring Break!  I wanted to pop in and share this cake that I make once in a while – it is heavy, delicious, sweet, tangy, moist, and fresh!  I can’t take credit for the recipe… but if you make it, please enjoy it!  AND SHARE IT!  The glaze really adds some calories to this but it definitely worth it… especially when it seeps in!

Fresh Strawberry Cake (Made with Yogurt)Click here for recipe

Here we are… fresh baked and not glazed..

Strawberry Cake @ HappyWifey.net

And cooled and glazed and ready to go…

Strawberry Cake @ HappyWifey.netDelicious!  I made this because I knew my coworkers would enjoy it – and strawberries were only .99 cents at my market for 1 container!  Score!  I use shortening and flour to prep my bundt pan so it stays together pretty well :)  Enjoy!  (Recipe here)

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Glazed Orange Poppy Scones

Guess what I found at the market yesterday?  Poppy Seeds!

SOO, the only thing I could think of to do was to find a delicious poppy seed recipe.. stat.  The winner came to be Orange Poppy Scones from Shutterbean (I have an addiction to that site! So so good!  If you don’t recall.. that’s where the recipe for Homemade Amaretto came from :)  YES!)

Here we go…

Glazed Orange Poppy Scones @ HappyWifey.net

I love how easy this recipe came together!  I have never made scones before.  They sound so.. complicated!  But with the recipe’s easy steps, I had these babies in the oven in NO TIME!

I did go one step further and decided to glaze these… I have only had scones from say, Panera, where the orange scones are dipped in this delicious, sugar-laced glazed.  I put a small glaze together by combining powdered sugar, orange juice, and milk.  Whisk away, let sit a bit, and then I dunked the scones in after they had cooled a while.

Glazed Orange Poppy Scones @ HappyWifey.net The insides were fluffy, moist, delicious, and OH MY.  Definitely a splurge (calorie wise).  Thank God there are only 8 of these.. any more and I would have a serious scone-eating-problem on my hands.  Make these soon and enjoy!

Click here for the recipe…

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Blueberry Crumb Muffins

Ohh muffins.  Muffins are delicious but are probably one of the most dangerous foods on the planet.  So flour-y, so sugar-y – but there blueberries in them so they are healthy right?! ha…

Blueberry Crumb Muffins @ HappyWifey.netThankfully, most of these muffins made it into the freezer.  They are so so tempting but I really need to start NOT eating muffins everyday.  So in the freezer they will sit, until I feel like I can splurge on one and eat plain lettuce for lunch :-/  Kidding, but you get the idea.

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