Chocolate Malt Layer Cake {Milk Bar Monday 2/18}

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because this recipe looks daunting enough as it is!

Jacqueline originally picked a chocolate to have in her recipe arsenal. Since this one is challenging to make gluten free/dairy free she asked me to post the original recipe. I gladly obliged.

Jacqueline is ah-mazing and made this cake gluten free so if you know someone with a food allergy, they can still enjoy the cake! Check out her gluten free cake recipe here!

We have a small group this week. Me, Audra over at The Baker Chick, and Jacqueline.

Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page with pictures of all our past Milk Bar Monday recipes.

Like I said, this recipe looks daunting all typed up. But each component is fairly quick to make on its own, so the process isn’t too time consuming.

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My notes on the recipe:

I wanted the middle layer to be laden with fudge so I used 1/4 of the recipe in each step, and I saved the fudge used to make the cake to pour over my finished  product. [Read more...]

Vegan Rocky Road Cake {Guest Post from Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo}

Hello everyone! Today I have my friend Keely of Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo – enjoy!

I’ve been blogging for exactly one year this month. It’s been a great experience thus far and I’m learning loads as I go.

Like most bloggers I started off with some recipes which had really dodgy photos and this vague idea that maybe my blog could be awesomely successful without me putting that much effort into it.

More than a hundred recipes, a new camera and hours of work later, I’ve managed to build my blog into something that I’m really happy with and proud of.

But the best thing I discovered about blogging was the unexpected friendships that sprung out of it with other bloggers.

It has been wonderful to connect with other food lovers all over the world and have fun exploring food with your new friends. One such friend I have been happy to make is Erin from BigFatBaker, and I was very happy when she asked me to write a guest post for her.

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This cake is one that I made for my mother’s birthday recently, and it was a creation I just had always wanted to try. You may notice that my rocky road contains absolutely no marshmallows. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. Marshmallow are a cheap way to fill out rocky road so that you don’t have to put in so much of the decadent and luscious ingredients
  2. Marshmallows are made from gelatine – which is made from boiling up all the skin, crushed bones, connective tissues, organs and sometimes intestines of slaughtered animals. Now, I’m a vegan, but that aside, I don’t know who would really want to put that in their bodies!

One other quick thing before getting to the delicious point! If you wanted to make this cake even better I would recommend doubling the quantity of the rocky road topping and using it as the filling in the layer cake as well – just to make it extra rocky! [Read more...]

BFB Favorites

Last week I did my first post on my “favorites of the week.” I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite bloggers and recipes with you, so I decided to make this a weekly thing.

The inspiration for a “favorites” post came from the lovely Chef Pandita. She has a delicious link post on Mondays that I was lucky enough to be mentioned in. I thought it was a great idea, so I am starting a tradition of my own.

From now on, once a week I am going to share with you 5 of my favorite recipes from the past week or so.

And without further ado…

1. Steph’s Bite By Bite – Blueberry Pies in a Jar

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photo courtesy of stephsbitebybite.com

These little personalized pies are so cute! I have been wanting to make my own pie in a jar for a long time. They are the perfect size, and would make a great gift. She also mentions not wanting to share dessert, and I completely understand. Dessert is the best part of the meal…why share?

2. Amy from Fragrant Vanilla Cake – Chocolate Red Wine and Olive Oil Cake

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photo courtsey of fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com

Amy made this delicious looking chocolate, red wine, and olive oil cake. Can you imagine how luscious, and moist this cake must be?? To top it off, she spread homemade raspberry jam in between the layers, and covered it in vegan chocolate frosting. I think this would be the perfect cake for a date night or anniversary. This cake is beautiful, and elegant.

3. Kate from Diethood – Peanut Butter Cups

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photo courtesy of diethood.com

Kate shares her take on a classic, peanut butter cups. I don’t know many people that can resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I know that I can’t. When I saw her post on how to make your own at home I knew I was doomed. I love the addition of white chocolate and chopped nuts on top, great texture contrast!!

 

4. Kim from Liv Life – Margarita Lime Cheesecake

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photo courtesy of livlifetoo.blogspot.com

Kim made a wonderful margarita inspired cheesecake. I love cheesecake. The silky smooth texture with the crumbly slightly sweet crust…mmm… Kim really took it to the next level with the addition of tequila, fresh lime juice, and Grand Marnier. Her presentation is beautiful as well. She even made little cheesecakes for the perfect single serving size!

5. Megan from Foodalution – Organic Mango Hand Dipped Chocolates

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Megan celebrated her health and 100th blog post with these beautiful hand dipped organic mango chocolates. I don’t know about you, but I have never attempted to make my own chocolates before. Her chocolates are so beautiful, and I am dying to make my own. I can only imagine the mess I would make with a project like that... But, I hope you are as inspired as I was after seeing the picture!

Chocolate Cake with a Blackberry Buttercream

My parent’s anniversary is Feburary 12th. How sweet is that? They can celebrate Valentine’s Day and their anniversary all in one!

Since I knew I was going to be home for it this year, I wanted to make them something special.

I went with chocolate cake. Nothing is quite as good as chocolate cake when it comes to celebrating a special occasion.

I found this recipe from Nigella Lawson’s website. Her recipe sounded like the best, and I wanted this to be an unforgettable cake. The original recipe was in grams and milliliters so I had to convert it. I was so nervous I was going to mess something up and not have the right ingredient amounts in my cake. But I think all went well, the cake tasted great.

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I decided to skip the extra chocolate and use a blackberry jam to make a buttercream. I thought it would be pretty, and festive. If you don’t have blackberry, strawberry or another flavor jam would work wonderfully.

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A Quick Glimpse into the Food of Sint Maarten

While on vacation I tried to take pictures of as much of the food as possible. After all, food is the most important part about traveling.

Well, food and waking up to a beautiful view of neighboring islands.

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Back to the food.

After one of our first nights out in Philipsburg my dad had a craving for dessert and wanted to stop into the one of the hotel’s restaurants, Ocean. My sister and I didn’t try and talk him out of it, we were definitely going to help him eat something sweet.

Ocean had a simple dessert menu, but everything sounded good.

We decided on a tropical banana split and an intensely chocolate cake.

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The banana split was huge! They did not skimp on scoop portions, which was great because I thought the French influence was going to kick in and our American appetites wouldn’t be satisfied.

The sundae came with a softball sized scoop of chocolate ice cream, strawberry ice cream, and coconut ice cream.

It was topped with pineapple, mango, chocolate sauce, guava syrup, and whipped cream. As you can see, it was accompanied by a huge banana split down the middle. [Read more...]