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Prepare oven and baking sheet: Heat oven to 450 degrees, with rack in bottom half. Coat a 12 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Dust with cocoa powder and tap out excess. Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together cocoa powder, flour, and salt in a bowl.
I decided to rename this cake. The original blogger had called it a “poke” cake. Yes… that’s technically what it is, but it’s much more heavenly than that. As a result, it gets a new name. One of my all-time favorite cakes is the classic Better than Sex cake .
Well here it is my friends. The wonderful cake I was telling you about, that was baking in my CROCKPOT! I know there are many, many awesome things you can do in a crockpot, but I seriously had never heard of baking cakes in them! I was over at Tasty Kitchen checkin out all the great recipes, when I came across this cake.
I’m going to start this post by telling you that I am biased. That being said and out of the way: The West Coast of the United States has the best beer in the world. At least, it has the highest concentration of fantastic craft breweries. I used two old favorites for this post.
If you have ever had the opportunity to talk to a brewmaster, you have seen it. You’ve seen that look that lets you know that there is an art and a respect for what they do that goes far past what most Americans experience at their day jobs. The look that tells you that the paycheck isn’t the reason he does the job. The flavors, the journey, the solving of the problems that yield to an end result of a drinkable, shareable masterpiece. You’ve seen that look.
The creaminess of chocolate pairs so well with a well crafted porter. For this tart I used Firestone Walker Reserve Porter, it has the perfect balance of flavors for this recipe with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel and a touch of a citrus taste. You also want to use a really well made chocolate, because, like beer, craft chocolate has well developed flavors that can’t be matched by the “Macro” chocolatiers. I used Sharffen Berger 62% Semi Sweet chocolate for the perfect balance of richness and sweetness. I’m a sucker for a well made dark beer, and this recipe pairs well with the cold bottle of Porter.
Beer people are so often missunderstood and stereotyped. Don’t mistake our inherent low maintenance for a lack of opinion. Don’t think that our love of indulgence translates to a lack of self-control. Just because we have a adoration for a high calorie beverage, doesn’t mean that we aren’t concerned with healthy living. And our love for a good ole fashion dive bar doesn’t tarnish out Mensa standings.
(Chocolate Porter Strawberry Shortcakes With Beer Whipped Cream) I’m taking a huge risk here. You may have taken one look at this post and decided that I’ve lost my magic. Chocolate beer cake is as common as Nascar sweatpants in Walmart. But unlike motor sports fashion blunders in public, I loved this dessert. I’m combining a past evoking childhood treat with my beer loving present tense self, and topping it with beer whipped cream.
On Monday we celebrated 7 years of marriage. That’s something to celebrate. We’ve grown A LOT in these 7 years! See, when we went through pre-marriage counseling our counselors told us something we will NEVER forget: “You two are the 2 most opposite people we have EVER seen in our 25 years of marriage counseling experience. Good luck”
Tequila? What’s that? Healthy Frosting Shots? Maybe you’ve heard of the popular bakery, Sprinkles? At this bakery, they sell something known as a frosting shot.
The Fried Chicken to End All Fried Chicken There are, by my count, at least seven levels of fried chicken. The worst of them is good; the best, which I waited forty-four years to find, led to what can only be called an out-of-body experience. Let’s start at …
I have been making this ice cream birthday cake for years now for every member of my family! I always switch up the flavors depending on who I’m making it for. For my dad, I generally use a light coffee ice cream and make a mocha-chip version, and an almond joy version for my mom.
Want to hear something crazy? This might be the most “out there” recipe I’ve ever posted. Extreme Chocolate Cake.
In the words of Hannibal from the A Team …”I love it when a plan comes together.” Yes, I am a product of the 80′s. I wore scrunchies in my hair, big sweaters, neon colors, stir-up pants and my Sony Disc man was the coolest thing ever!