Archive for June, 2010

Come As You Are Chocolate Loaf Cake

Come As You Are instead of Dressy... oops...

Such creamy goodness!

The egg looks soo cute - all nestled up and hiding out!

And I even used a tape measure! HAH!

Amy Ruth of Amy Ruth Bakes selected the Dressy Chocolate Loaf Cake for the TWD Bakers this week. Ahem, last week Tuesday actually… oops. It sounded choctastic! Loving chocolate as I do, I had to bake it – eventually. I even added the raspberry jam in the layers. Well, it was spreadable fruit. After bringing it to a boil with the water, it was more like drinkable fruit. I baked the cake late Friday. Let it cool and wrapped it up and stuck it in the refrigerator so I could frost it the next day. Well, when I took it out of the refrigerator the next day, it had turned into a chocolate brick. I was bringing it to my knitting class and was wondering if I’d even be able to slice through it. Well I was and the frosting was fantabulous! I love the look of it when it’s still warm – all glossy and shiny! It really did make it look dressy, or in my case, dressier. I wrapped some foil around the dish, threw it in my car and drove off. Not too much later, I was back in the driveway with cake, frosting, and drinkable raspberry spread all over my front seat and over my cell phone. Nice. No chocolate treat for the knitters. Check out Amy Ruth’s loaf – now that looks Dressy! You can even pick up a copy of the recipe there too! And don’t forget to browse the other TWD Bakers to see how appropriately dressed their chocolate loaf cakes turned out!


Shenandoah Valley Blueberry Cake

Don't the blueberries look luscious??

The Cake Slice Bakers selected Shenandoah Valley Blueberry Cake for the month of June. I seem to have a really hard time getting my cakes done in a timely manner – I mean really, I have a whole month to bake a cake! Last weekend the Beau took me on a motorcycle trip up the coast to San Francisco. This weekend I had to work Saturday. I happen to live in Anaheim Hills and work in Rancho Bernardo. Not a nice commute. I don’t mean to whine (or maybe I do) because I’m sure many of the Cake Slice bakers are moms and have families to take care of while I only have my Marshall. The Beau does a fantastic job taking care of me actually!

Looks like there's not enough cake batter to bake a proper cake...

Back to the cake. Even though I didn’t schedule my time properly this month (or any other month) I knew I wanted to bake this cake because of the blueberries! My absolutely favorite berry! I usually get fresh blueberries and freeze them when I bake with blueberries. I think I read somewhere that frozen blueberries won’t sink to the bottom. Well, I forgot to freeze these guys and was afraid I would end up with blueberry bottom cake. Not to worry – these guys ended up all over the place! I love this cake – so easy to put together and the taste is just perfect – not too sweet so that it makes me think it’s healthy for me, you know, it has fruit in it!

I thought for sure I'd overbaked it!

It reminded me of a blueberry muffin but I like this better, it wasn’t as heavy as muffins can be. I would definitely bake this again. Visit the other Cake Slice Bakers to see how fabulous their Shenandoah Valley Blueberry cakes turned out! And you should buy the book so you can bake this too! (Or you can find the recipe on one of the Cake Slice Bakers posts – I’m too lazy to post it on mine!)

It's hard to eat just one piece of cake...

Holy cow, wait until next month! Next month’s cake sounds very involved so I hope I’ll make time to bake it! I’ll give you a hint, it’s a Sky High cake!

(Raisin) Swirl Bread

Cinnamon, not Raisin, Swirl Bread!

Susan of selected this week’s TWD treat. Visit Susan to see her fabulous rendition of Raisin Swirl Bread. Her Cinnamon Toast looks super delicious! I LOVE LOVE LOVE cinnamon so this was a real treat for me. Although I have to admit, I was hesistant since I’ve never baked bread before. Thanks for a fantastic, flavorful pick Susan! Get the recipe here and make your own fabulous (Raisin) Swirl Bread!
I’m super tired, so a short post with pictures. Don’t forget to visit the TWD Bakers to see how their (Raisin) Swirl Bread turned out!

After the rest in the refrigerator, the bread pooped a bit out of one end...

The handy bottle of Sherry came in handy once again!

There is no such thing as too much cinnamon...

My attempt at 'snugly' rolling the bread...

I had to measure the loaf pan because I thought it was too small!

Soo shiny with the melted butter brushed on!

I thought I blew it when I saw the cinnamon 'crack'...