Why do I always wait until the last minute to make my Secret Recipe Club recipe of the month? Not much has changed since I was in school. I would be assigned a large project a month before it was due and do all of the work the weekend before the due date. Were you one of those students?
This month I was assigned to Anne-Marie's beautiful blog This Mama Cooks! On A Diet. Her mission: "To get people – especially busy moms and their families - on the road to living a more healthy lifestyle by sharing healthy recipes and lifestyle tips. Maybe that means following Weight Watchers or eliminating gluten and milk products from your diet. Or, if you’re a busy parent, finding easy and delicious ways to get your kids to eat more vegetables or even fish!"
I ran out of eggs on Saturday and seeing as how I was unmotivated to get to the store, I needed a dessert that was egg-free. Lucky for me Anne-Marie was very accommodating! I came across her recipe for Eggless Chocolate Cake. Now, you're saying to yourself, "Self, those pictures above do not look like a cake." Well, I had another issue. I had about 3 tablespoons of cocoa left in my cupboard. Anne-Marie's recipe called for 9 tablespoons. What's an unmotivated girl to do? She's sure as hell not changing out of her yoga pants and house slippers and going to the store. She's going to search high and low for a substitute. She selects a couple packages of hot chocolate mix. She chose wrong!
Hot Chocolate mix is not near as chocolaty as real cocoa in case you weren't aware. So, you ask, "Dee, how did you know it wasn't chocolately enough?". Well, I baked my cake in my prettiest bundt pan and went to flip it out onto my cake platter and it wouldn't come out. Oh yes, I greased the pan. Next, I used my knife and went around the sides. I flipped it over and shook and shook it. Alas, half of it comes out. Aaaargh! You see, it was my son's birthday on Saturday and we were having a family birthday party on Sunday (which is the day I baked this cake and I am writing this post). I grabbed a piece of the cake and popped it in my mouth. When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, right? How in the heck can I salvage this cake? Think Dee, think! An ah ha moment! Cake Balls! Ganache! Coconut! Powdered sugar! Peanut butter! Let's put on our super hero
|See how pretty it started out?|