Chocolate Cake

What do you look for in a chocolate cake? Do you like cakes that are so rich that you can only eat a thin slice at a time or do you prefer lighter ones where eating half in one sitting is not an issue? I’m in the second boat. I prefer to suck in chocolate cake like a vacuum.

Chocolate cake with spiked whipped cream. Make your own at home--click for the recipe!

I like chocolate but I don’t like cakes that are so rich I have to restrict my consumption of them. Light chocolate cakes bring back memories of grocery store birthday cakes. Rich, dark chocolate cakes just can’t do that. The cool thing about this recipe though is that it’s really simple to adjust to your tastes.

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Winner, Winner!

I didn’t have time to bake anything this weekend since I was touring a university. I have to choose one in a few months.. eek! I’ll have a new recipe up next Monday though, and it’s a pretty awesome one.

The random winner from last week’s giveaway of Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever is…

Top view of a stack of donuts

Comment #1 by Sharon: “My favorite use for vanilla, Pound cake calls for excellent vanilla.”

Congratulations! I’ll be sending you an email later today for your mailing address. :)

Thank you to everyone who entered. You’re all winners. It’s just that Sharon won more.

Vanilla Doughnuts

Whether your week has been good or bad so far I think I can make it better. About two weeks ago Quirk Books sent me a copy of Shauna Sever’s new cookbook – Pure Vanilla. A book about baking with vanilla, obviously. I was also able to get a copy to give away to one of you guys!

A stack of vanilla doughnuts. Click to get the AMAZING recipe so you can make them yourself at home.

The book is seriously awesome. Not just because it has so many delicious looking photos but also because of Shauna’s amusing introductions to each recipe.

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