Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake...


I think I’m going to have to admit it. 
I’m addicted to eating cake! 
I’ve been eating cake almost non-stop for nearly a month.  At the rate I’m going, I will have to go on a lettuce and water diet for the next 6 months to counter the negative effects of too much sugar and fat.
My daughter wanted a chocolate cake for her birthday cake.  I have never been able to make a decent chocolate cake, one which is moist yet firm enough to carve.  Most of my chocolate cakes turn out relatively dry when they come out of the oven and extra dry by the next day so it almost feels like you’re eating a mouthful of dust! 
After experimenting with at least 4 different recipes (and yes, eating most of the products despite the mouthfuls of dust!), I finally stumbled across the the perfect chocolate cake recipe by Lindy Smith.  Perfect for me anyway.  This recipe came out moist and stayed moist for nearly a week!  Plus it was really easy to make.

I tried adding glycerine (1 teaspoon) to the cake after reading that it can help keep the cake moist for longer on Cake Central somewhere (don’t really know how this works scientifically – too lazy to search), but I found that it didn’t seem to make that much of a difference for me.  Keep in mind that I tried 4 recipes – each recipe twice - once with glycerine and once without.  That’s 8 chocolate cakes!  Ok – maybe I’m a little bit obsessed…just a little.

Anyway, here’s the chocolate cake all prettied up for the party.




29 comments:

  1. There are worst things to be addicted to;
    Drugs, sex, stealing (hello winona!) etc
    Plus, i'll still read your blog when are a plus sized model, weighing in at 318kg's :-)

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    1. Hey - Winona was my hero! And thanks for sticking with me :-)

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  2. Wow, you are dedicated! Beautiful cake, I love it! Happy Birthday to your daughter too. :)

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    1. It's a 'once a year' affaire! And thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  3. Wowwww...this is very very pretty! Btw, 8 chocolate cakes?! really?! Anywho, if you are still looking for another chocolate cake recipe, here's an awesome one i've tried before.

    http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/the-best-chocolate-cake-recipe/
    and my take on it: http://pencilkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/11/six-layer-chocolate-rum-cake-with-swiss.html

    And we've long decided that addiction to eating cakes is not a bad thing :D

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    1. Yep 8...well, in my defence, 8 is a lucky number!
      Thanks for the recipes - will make it 9 and 10 chocolate cakes soon!

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  4. So beautiful! But, egads, woman! Eight cakes! Did you try the chocolate mayonnaise cake recipe? Supposedly very moist!

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    1. 8 is a lucky number :)
      Haven't tried the chocolate mayonnaise cake....hmmm...mayonnaise..? I'll search for it.

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  5. Hello there! Nice to see you here again. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I remembered you stop blogging for quite a while. :) You can try my chocolate cakes - both are excellent. I guarantee you it stays moist. Chocolate Velvet Pound Cake and Chocolate Cake. Btw: We are now living in Singapore. :)

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    1. Hello! Nice to see you! How is Singapore? I noticed that you had moved? Is it a big change? Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. That cakes looks almost too pretty to eat - almost that is! And lovely photos, too.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. It didn't stop me from eating a lot of it!

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  7. I think I need to go on a great chocolate cake expedition as you did and try out 8 different cakes. Your results are just stunning. Who would want to cut into it? (Well, I'd hesitate - but I'd get over it.)

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    1. Hi Claudia! I don't think I could look at another chocolate cake....till next week!

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  8. Lovely cake In my experience the best chocolate cake are made with oil instead butter, as your cake.Always moist and firm

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    1. I think I've seen so many chocolate cakes that I can't tell them apart anymore :-)

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  9. And thanks for your visit I feel better now

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    1. Glad to see that you're feeling better!

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  10. Thank you for sharing the recipes, Beautiful cake too :)

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  11. Wow! Sooooo pretty!! I'm sure the inside is as awesome too. Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter. ;)

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  12. Simplicity is beautiful! Happy Belated to your girl.
    Kristy

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  13. This looks great! I'm looking for a chocolate cake recipe which can be covered in fondant and slices well, so thank you for the tip!

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    1. This recipe is great and stays moist for ages! Thanks for stopping by.

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