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Chocolate Cake and New Years Resolutions

Photograph by: Sharon Shenbaum

It's that time of year when we all say our New Year's resolutions. We reflect on the year that has passed and we set goals for the year to come.

As I look back and reflect it has been a year of challenges and accomplishments. A new addition to our family, a new house - this time as home owners - and yes we signed our life away for the next thirty years. A lot of self growth and new friends and relationships. As a part of that self growth there is a drive in me that yearns to write and express myself. Get ready to see more from me in the year to come.

So for now let's end 2018 on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate cake. I'll save the carrots and celery for 2019😛


For chocolate cake:  1/2 cup of cocoa powder 3/4 cups of boiling coffee (I like to use the Roma capsules from Nespresso) 1/2 cup of milk 170 gr. butter 1 1/4 cups of dark brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon vanilla 2 eggs 1 1/3 cups of flour (if the mixture looks too runny you add another 1/4 cup of flour) 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Whipped Cream Extraordinaire :  250 gr. whipped cream (30% fat) 150 gr. powdered sugar 1 egg white 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 tablespoon cornflour

Decorations:  500 grams of strawberries sliced


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease with butter an 8x2 inch round pan. 

2. Mix cocoa powder, boiling coffee and milk together. Set aside. 

3. Cream the butter. After which whisk in the sugar, vanilla and eggs (one at a time). 

4. Mix all the wet ingredients (step 1 and 2). 

5. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking soda).

6. Add the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients. Pour into the pan and bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. 

7. Once baked let the cake cool completely before adding, "The Whipped Cream Extraordinaire". 

8. Use a hand held beater or whisk mix the cream, vanilla, powdered sugar, cornstarch and egg white. Mix until firm peaks form. 

9. Slice strawberries thin. 

10. Once the cake is cooled spread "The Whipped Cream Extraordinaire" on and then decorate with strawberries. 

11. ENJOY!

Photograph by: Sharon Shenbaum 


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