Baking, Cookies, Cakes & Pies, Life

Jumping In


Winning? What are we playing? Who won? Was it a close game? I won. I tried my hand at making this cake this weekend and the result was…an amazing, mousse-like, decadent and rich chocolate cake. If you are looking for a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert to share with a special someone…look no further! Personally I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I never have been. At all. Except one Valentine’s Day, last year, when I spent it in Ohio with my bff and her wonderful husband. Oh…the memories!

Now I know what you are thinking. You are saying…but, Erica, how could this be? You have read “Millionaire Matchmaker” haven’t you? My answer: Yes, and, it is clearly a marketing ploy for gullible singles like myself. But, you may ask, haven’t you worked up a repertoire of fantastic recipes to charm the heck out of a handsome fellow? Why, yes, I sure have! Let the charming begin! Call me Miss Prepared. Which is why I am sharing with you this chocolate cake today. You, too, can be prepared for Valentine’s Day.

Food and my life just go hand in hand. I enjoy life. I enjoy food. I enjoy writing to you and telling you all about it. A few months ago I was reading “A Homemade Life” by Molly Wizenberg. As I read each chapter I felt as though Molly and I could have been discussing the finer points of life, love, and loss over a cup of tea and plate of scones. Her stories really spoke to me at that difficult time in my life. Her story behind this cake is a gem. She had been making this cake and adjusting the recipe for quite awhile. She made it for her boyfriend when he came to town one weekend (they had a long distance romance). He was smitten. He eventually proposed. They got married. Molly made 20 of these cakes (named “Winning Hearts and Minds Cake) for their wedding. Now that is a great cake!! What a great story!!!

The ingredients could not be simpler. Eggs, sugar, bittersweet chocolate, butter and a tablespoon of flour. Yes, just a tablespoon. I used the Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chips. If you wanted to make this uber rich and fancy pants you could use Scharffen Berger chocolate and a high fat butter. I wasn’t feeling uber rich yesterday. Or fancy. I wanted simple and accessible. The results were astounding!! The cake is fudgy, creamy, dark and dense. I whipped up some heavy cream with a little vanilla extract and a hint of sugar to cut through some of the sweetness. Bliss.

Slice of Heaven

These days it seems as though all is well with the world. Various life experiences and events are all pointing to the positive. Each day brings forth new adventures. I am constantly reminding myself to take these adventures as they come forth and explore new territories. Sometimes I still need a little guidance, assurance and help from others. This past Friday was one of those times. I found myself singing some songs with my friend, Hunter Paye, in a quaint bar of a quiet town as the snow fell softly outside.

“Now light I’ve seen, reflects from me…”

Pushing past our boundaries is hard and a little scary at times. But when you allow yourself to push past your comfort zone, after those initial feelings of uncertainty subside, you become filled with peace, light, love and happiness.

P.S. – If you haven’t heard the music of Hunter Paye check it out:
P.P.S – It is best enjoyed with a piece of that chocolate cake.
P.P.P.S – You will smile.

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3 thoughts on “Jumping In

  1. I remember going to your house as a starving graduate student and eating chilled strawberry soup, lobster or some other deliciousness, how you always knew that your party would not just be some beer-in-plastic-cup party with a bag of chips if you were lucky. Thanks for continuing to enjoy food and share it with the rest of us!

  2. Hi Heather!!! We had some fun times back in Ithaca didn’t we?! Oh the memories!! Come visit me out East…I’ll throw down a feast for you and Ben! And…we aren’t in school anymore….oh the possibilities!! Be well!

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