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Dessert before Dinner!

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It’s the middle of the winter doldrums and I know you are all sick of the cold and snow so here is a lighthearted blog to give you a little chuckle! How many times when you were growing up did your mom say “No dessert unless you eat (or finish) your dinner?” Countless times I am sure! So you pushed your peas around your plate with your fork, trying to send a few off of the plate and out of sight so you wouldn’t have to eat them! The problem is it is tough to fool parents because they were kids once and tried all of the same tricks! What is it about parents that they resort to withholding dessert as a punishment? Well forget about all that! I am announcing (in writing) right here, right now that you should eat dessert first!

I know you need the vitamins, minerals and fiber, and everything else that is hidden in the veggies, but you can still achieve all the benefits of a balanced meal, just eat the stuff that is good for you after you eat what tastes good — your dessert! If you eat the chocolate layer cake first, you avoid being too full to eat it!

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Here are some fun quotes to back up my dessert first declaration!  Then I am going to give you the best, moistest, most decadent chocolate layer cake recipe you will ever make and eat!

“I like to eat my dessert first. Life is short, you never know if you will get to the dessert.” D Percy

“Seize the moment. Just think of all those women on the Titanic who said, ‘No, thank you,’ to dessert that night. And for what!” -Erma Bombeck

“Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.” – Ernestine Ulmer

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  – Author Unknown

“Let them eat cake!” – Marie Antoinette

The Best Chocolate Layer Cake Recipe in the East!

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Devil’s Food Chocolate Layer Cake Ingredients

  • 1 and 3/4 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup  vegetable oil (or canola oil, or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature*  Cake will not set properly with cold eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup  freshly brewed strong hot coffee

Milk Chocolate Frosting Ingredients

  • 1.25 cups (2.5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3-4 cups  powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-5 Tablespoons  heavy cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 15 oz (1.5 bags) chocolate chips (optional for decoration)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter & flour two 9 inch round cake pans, or use non-stick spray.
  2. For the cake: Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer, combine the buttermilk, oil, room temperature eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with the mixer on low. Add the coffee. The batter will be VERY thin. This is ok.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared baking pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. My cakes took exactly 24 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.
  5. For the frosting: Cream the butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. This will create a creamy base for the frosting. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Mix on low. Add 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. If your frosting is too thin, add up to 1 more cup of powdered sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add up to 2 more Tablespoons of heavy cream. Add at least 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Taste the frosting and add more salt if the frosting is too sweet. Add more cocoa powder if the frosting is not chocolate-y enough. Add more/less of each ingredient to obtain the consistency and taste you desire.
  6. Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a plate or cake stand. With a knife or spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with chocolate chips or as desired. ENJOY!!!

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