Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
One of my best friends from college recently got engaged (hooray!) and I was thinking of a gift to give her. I figured her entire family would be there for the occasion, so I wanted to give her something that everyone could enjoy. Chocolate is a friend to all and you can never go wrong with chocolate cake! I found an excellent one-bowl chocolate cake recipe on marthastewart.com that worked out beautifully!
First for the icing – the website had the perfect icing recipe to go with the cake. It calls for just a bit of sour cream that adds a perfect tang to every bite. Here’s the recipe below [via marthastewart.com]. I used low fat cream cheese and sour cream and the icing turned out just as rich! And no need for a fancy blender – I just use a spoon or a whisk and the frosting turns out smooth and creamy.
Now for the decadent cake. I usually don’t use eggs in my cake recipes, using egg replacer powder instead. Even with that substitute the cake turned out rich and moist. See the recipe below [via marthastewart.com]. I ended up using Ghirardelli cocoa powder and Sunflower oil instead of Safflower.
Here’s a trick for icing cakes without getting too messy. Lay pieces of wax paper in a circular formation on your plate or cake stand. Then put down the first layer of the cake to ice. This way, all of the mess will remain on the wax paper, which you can pull out once the cake is completely iced! I did say that I made the cake for a friend’s engagement – so I thought it would be cute to add a “She Said Yes!” banner to it. I used two red/white stripe straws, string, and red & yellow paper cut into pendants to make the banner.
And here is the final product – baked, iced, assembled, and ready to deliver!
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