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Chocolate Chocolate Cake

I made this for Nathan’s first birthday (And second. And third.), and for Matthew’s birthday today (And last year). It’s pretty much the best chocolate cake EVER.

Here it is nekked.

Nekked cake

Here it is with icing.

Frosted!

The very first time I made it, I thought the hole was missing something. I contemplated sticking a plant in it (ala My Big Fat Greek Wedding), but went for something much tastier. Smarties!

Smarties!

If you do not have access to Smarties, then you must not be Canadian. Sorry about that. But be creative! The options are endless…

INGREDIENTS:

1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix (Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake rocks!)
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil (or butter/margarine)
1/2 cup coffee flavored liqueur (I substitute this with chocolate milk)
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil and coffee liqueur. Beat until ingredients are well blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Spoon into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until cake springs back when lightly tapped. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out and cool completely on wire rack.

Chocolate icing makes it unbelievable.  Again, I used Betty Crocker.  I could make my own, but Betty has it going on.

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Steak Sandwich

We tried this recipe from Real Simple magazine a few weeks ago and liked it. But it needed tweaking.

First of all, onions give Honey gas. NOT GOOD.

Here is our take on the steak sandwich. It is a little (Or a lot) different.

Mmmm…steak…

INGREDIENTS

Focaccia Bread.  I made it all from scratch-like.

Steak. Duh. But we marinated them for 24 hours first. The marinade? IT IS AMAZING.

Roma (plum) tomatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick

1 medium red onion, sliced about 1/4 inch thick (Optional. If they don’t give you gas.)

1 zucchini, sliced about 1/4 inch thick.

Mushrooms, also sliced.

Olive oil.  As much or as little as you want.

2 tablespoons (or more) of balsamic vinegar

Focaccia bread (see above), cut in half

Blue cheese, or mozzarella. Whatever floats your boat. Honey disses the blue cheese, so he uses mozza.

DIRECTIONS

Make the foccacia. Or buy it.

Throw the steak on the barbecue, and toss the veggies, olive oil, and vinegar into a frying pan. Sautee until tender, 8-10 minutes.

Slice the steak thinly, and place on foccacia. Scoop sauteed veggies on top, then add cheese.

Try not to die from the goodness.

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Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

This is a favourite around here.

Bundt!

Take a look inside…

Chocolate bundt

INGREDIENTS:

Batter:

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Topping:

1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Cream margarine & sugar well. Add eggs & sour cream. Mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix well.

Grease 1 10-inch bundt pan. Mix topping together and set aside.

Pour 1/2 of batter into pan. Cover batter with 1/2 of topping mixture. And rest of batter. Sprinkle with remaining topping.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

HINT: I don’t actually mix the topping. I put 1/2 of the batter in. Then cover with enough brown sugar so you can’t see the batter. Then cover with enough chocolate chips so you don’t see the brown sugar. Then put the rest of the batter in. Then repeat the smothering with brown sugar & chocolate chips.

It tastes awful.  You should not make it.

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