Chocolate Pudding Cake

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Happy moving weekend! Ok, I didn’t move. But with one roommate moving out and another one coming in to take her place, there’s been a lot of excitement and heavy lifting. Now that the dust has settled, we’re watching the Jinx and eating pudding cake.

My mom used to make chocolate pudding cake a lot, and now I know why. It’s so easy! You make a simple cake batter and put it in an 8 x 8 pan. Then you sprinkle on a mixture of cocoa powder, white sugar, and brown sugar. Then you pour on cold water, don’t mix, and throw it in the oven. Something magical happens: the cake rises to the top while the water and cocoa sugar mixture forms a pudding on the bottom. Delicious chocolate magic! Top with faux ice cream (doesn’t that make soy ice cream sound exotic?). Continue reading

Chocolate Stout Cake with Raspberry Filling and Whiskey Frosting

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IMG_8103This cake is delicious. I have served it to many, many people at this point, between the wedding and allll the test cakes. It is not the world’s moistest chocolate cake but the frosting and filling make up for it. It stays together and comes out of the pan very cleanly which makes it perfect for frosting. Also, beer in cake! What could be bad?

IF you want to make a wedding cake (you crazy kid!), I suggest tripling this cake recipe and multiplying the frosting recipe by as much as 6 or 7 times to make sure you have more than enough. If you want to read the whole saga of how I made a wedding cake, check out the post below or follow this link. Continue reading

I Made a Wedding Cake!

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This weekend I made a chocolate stout wedding cake with raspberry filling and whiskey frosting. The recipe is in a separate post, you can find it here. First, let me tell you the story of how I volunteered myself to make a wedding cake. It’s a saga. You’ve been warned.

It all started, as it so often does, with me opening my big mouth. Chatting with my newly engaged friends many months ago, I asked about their wedding plans. They said they wanted people to help out with all aspects of the wedding so I think I jokingly said something like, “who’s going to make the wedding cake?” The wedding cake was to be a funfetti sheet cake, per the bride’s dream. But, if I wanted to make a groom’s cake… Continue reading