I have a confession to make, I’m a chockaholic, and I’m not afraid to admit it. Just chomping on a chocolate bar is my idea of heaven, give me chocolate chips, in a dessert, in a drink, in a snack, in a cookie, and I’ll be your friend for life. I’ll have to admit though, these days I do not tempt myself, nor go down that route anymore, as I have no self-control – it’s all or nothing for this gal.
It had been a while since I had baked any kind of chocolatey goodness, so when our friends invited us over to celebrate his Dad’s birthday, I asked him about his Dad’s favorite dessert as I wanted to contribute to the party. Without any hesitation, he blurted out “Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting”. So, here was my chance, I set about finding something suitably chocolatey to bring to the party. I had also been testing my new convection oven over the weeks and thought this was a great opportunity to make a double-tiered chocolate cake and see if the convection oven was all it was cracked up to be. I had been doing some of my own research online to acquaint myself with this new appliance. It claims to cook and bake evenly. There is a small fan in the back of the oven that circulates the air, thereby allowing even distribution of the hot air in the oven. It also cuts down the baking time by a few minutes, allowing you to tend to other things, like pouring yourself a cocktail :). Thanksgiving, Christmas and other larger gatherings work a treat with the convection oven as you can bake several dishes with the same setting at the same time. This chocolate cake is adapted from Epicurious. I wanted to link this post to Selma’s tips n’ tricks on baking and a whole host of other ideas. If you haven’t already visited her blog you’re missing out; not only is she so helpful to newcomers such as myself, she just has such an amazing blog full of wonderful recipes and stories. Her motto “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” http://selmastable.wordpress.com/tips-and-tricks/
Ingredients Chocolate/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate/Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
The hosts prepared grilled sea bass, home-made barbecue sauce on baby back ribs, steamed asparagus and pasta. It was all very delicious. Loved the whole fish, bones and all :). Finished it off with a dessert pumpkin martini :).
I’m off to join Angie’s virtual potluck party. Today’s co-hosts are Naina and Prudy. Please click on their names to reach their blogs – each unique, creative and most talented. Thanks ladies for allowing us this great get-together every Friday. We visit, learn, and forge wonderful friendships around food. 🙂