Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chocolate Temptation Chocolate Cake

This is the greatest chocolate cake that I've ever had, hands down. This includes my pre-Gluten Free days. I was never one to make my own cake from scratch since the boxed mixes always turned out so well and were so moist. Rather than using boxed GF cake mixes that fall apart, taste flat and only make 1 layer, why not try a real cake?
This comes from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman and truly is a great recipe.
I've made it before but posting this time with my own alterations making it easier than ever!
My very first attempt at this cake last year. I've made it many times since then.
Chocolate Temptation Chocolate Cake


For the Cake:
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar

  • 2 cups all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour*
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 4  Heaping Tablespoons  Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder

  • ½ cup Buttermilk ( use 1 /2 cup milk plus 2 tsp of cider vinegar if you do not have buttermilk)
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Hot Water
For the Icing:
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 3/4 cup Butter
  • 4 Heaping Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound  Powdered Sugar (approx 1/2 bag of a 1 kg bag)
*also use an additional  small amount  of butter and 2 Tablespoons of flour for flouring cake pan

Note: I have used a general all purpose GF flour mixture from Bulk Barn as well as my standard baking mix of 2 parts rice flour, 2/3 part potato starch and 1/3 part tapioca starch.

Preparation Instructions

Prepare 9 x 13 pan by greasing with butter and sprinkle in 2 Tablespoons of gluten free flour. Shake flour around pan until lightly covered and discard remaining flour.
Heat oven to 350F.

In mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy and add sugar. Mix until well combined.
Add flour, xanthan gum, salt, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well.
Add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
Carefully add 1 cup hot water and gently stir until water is incorporated.
Pour into prepared cake pan.

Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes until tester comes out clean.

While cake is baking, make the icing.

 Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add cocoa, stir to combine, then turn off heat. Add the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Stir together. Add the pecans, stir together, and pour over warm cake.

Before baking

Poured warm icing over warm cake

For my birthday, I made small squares of cake and then poured the icing over top.

Stays nice and moist for over 1 week if it lasts that long. Keep a fork nearby and sneak some everytime you go in the kitchen and it'll be gone sooner.  I know from experience
I plan on making this into a layer cake, into small cakes, cupcakes etc and just change up the icing. It's just a great recipe.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ummm, welcome?

People of internet land, welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere. I'm not really all that used to visitors around here, except for Jeanine from The Baking Beauties and well, my mom.   My recipes are here, mostly for my own use, so that I have a place to keep  them and to refer back to while I cook. I know that my photos aren't the greatest since I take them too fast and the lack of creative art design is apparent.

Jeanine was nominated for a Links assignment that is going around right now and she then nominated me as one of her 7 bloggers to do this next.  I love Jeanine's blog. I've made a number of her recipes and even adopted her for Adopt a GF Blogger 

So here goes...

Most Beautiful Post

Fried Chicken Well, oven fried chicken. So what if there is a crumb down by the bottom right corner. I still tried to take a nice photo with a black background. It's about as fancy as I get. It's crunchy and crisp and tastes fantastic cold the next day. It's perfect for picnics.

Most Popular

Everyones loves biscuits. And these are a nice rustic biscuit. King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Biscuits  are definitely the most popular post here. Maybe it's people searching for King Arthur Flour, maybe not. But they are good. Not a light fluffy one like my Duinkerken  ones but delicious anyways.

Most Controversial

Me? Controversy? I'm sorry. I searched and searched and I've got NUTHIN'!!! So I'm creating my own. Beer Battered Fish and Chips What kind of beer to use? Redbridge? Bard's? Green's? New Grist? La Messagere? Estrella Damm Daura? Or maybe skip the beer and add some soda water? Or plain water? Oh boy, the drama....

Most Helpful

Tips and tricks on making these crackers are what make this helpful. Sesame Crackers These are just so darn tasty. They don't last the afternoon with me.

Successful Surprise

Greek Salad Dressing is pretty popular around here. It's naturally GF and super yummy. Add some feta, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers and you're all set!

Post that Didn't get the Attention it Deserved

Another naturally GF item. Vintage Lemonade 3 ingredients. Peel lemons and squeeze, keep separate, add sugar, add boiling water. Cool, then mix. That's the short form version. It's a smooth lemonade, perfect for summer or the base of other citrus drinks. It's really not like any other lemonade you've had. It's been up for over 1 1/2 years but only viewed 23 times. Wonder how many of those views were me?

Post You're Most Proud Of

Lattice. On a Gluten Free Pie. Gluten Free Caramel Apple Pie Two recipes in one. Fantastic workable pie crust and my favourite caramel apple pie. It doesn't get any better than this.

I hope you've enjoyed some of these recipes and I hope you'll stick around.