My Mother’s Chocolate Cake

I am telling you right now that this recipe is impossible to replicate.

My mother has always baked the best darned homemade chocolate cake ever and if any professional bakers ever saw how she did it they would keel over die.

She throws in a little of this and a bit of that into the batter as if she were tweaking a chicken curry and yet it works as each time she makes this cake it is simply outstanding.

 

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This past summer after several decades of my life…I am finally attempting to blog her recipe. Beware – the finer the ingredients you use – the more you will fail at this cake. Please us good old supermarket brands – like Cadbury cocoa in India and perhaps nestle in the US. All I can say is good luck!

PS: It helps if your tongue hovers over your upper lip whilst you bake this particular recipe!

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Strawberry Cream Cake

My father in laws 80th birthday was this past fall and we wanted to make him a special cake.

This “Strawberry Cream Cake”, adapted from Williams-Sonoma TASTE Magazine,Layers of Delight,” by Emily Luchetti (Spring 2002), worked out perfectly.

I will say that personally I’m not a huge fan of the crème fraîche frosting and would substitute it with just regular whipping cream or mascarpone cheese next time.

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Mille Crepe Recipe

We visited Lady M’s cake boutique and tried the famous Mille Crêpes Cake and fell in love with it.

So of course my daughter decided that this was the very cake she wanted for her 12th birthday – and it had to be homemade!

 Luckily I found a recipe in the New York Times dining section and The Smitten Kitchen blog and got to work with a lot of help from my mother-in-law.

 I have to say the cake came out quite spectacularly!

 

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Soccer Birthday Party Cake

This year my nephew had a soccer themed birthday and this was his cake.

The cake was really effortless – I bought all the trimmings at Party City and guided the kids into decorating. Look at what a spectacular job they did.

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Plant vs. Zombies Cake

This past year my nephew really foxed me when he asked me to make him a “Plant vs. Zombies” cake for his 6th birthday. I had no clue what he was talking about and went scrambling to the net to find out what these creatures looked like.

Thanks to good old ebay I managed to find a set of miniature toys that I could decorate the cake with. Here’s what I made for him.

 

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Build-A-Bear Birthday Party Cake (Teddy Bear Cake)

Here’s how my daughter celebrated her 10th birthday! She wanted to take just a few friends to Build-A-Bear Workshop – so here is the cake I made for her!

 

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Buttercup Bakeshop’s Chocolate Layer Cake

Who does not love chocolate cake? Throw in some really good quality chocolate into the mix and you have yourself a winning combination! Here is the recipe for the Buttercup Bakeshop’s amazing chocolate layer cake (or cupcakes). The recipe is from their cookbook – Buttercup Bakes at Home.

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