Friday, October 2, 2009

Give Me Cake!


Peanut Head  had a birthday a little over a week ago, and in this house that always means cake. There is never any mixing it up with different desserts for birthdays around here. Birthday equals cake and the cake must be chocolate.

We're very rigid like that.


So anyway, Peanut Head was traveling "for work" on his birthday so we didn't have cake exactly on his birthday.

Why the snooty quotation marks you might be asking? Well, because I was at home. With the dirty house, and the dirty laundry, and the dirty, noisy girlies, doing all the work while Peanut Head had his little mental vacation.

Yes, I'm bitter and I don't mind saying so.


So, since Peanut Head had his birthday while he was away, we made his cake when he got back. You should know that I seriously considered making his cake on his birthday and eating it before he got home, but I was too busy with all the dirty and the work to even think about cake.

So he lucked out.


I decided to let the girls help me make the cake. Because the house was already a disaster and all, and it was way worse when we were done. 

But we had cake to look forward to.


And this cake? This cake is the best chocolate cake on the planet. No lie. There was only ever one cake that could even compete with this cake, and that was here.

And I'm feeling magnanimous after all that delicious, moist, chocolate decadence, so I'm going to share the recipe with you.

Except that, oopsie, I should probably mention that this recipe is a super secret family recipe, passed down from the Barefoot Contessa and cradled lovingly in my possession for many, many years. I'm real old, you know.

So all I'm asking of you, is that you please, pretty please, don't tell on me. Pinky swear on it.


You looked, so now you are sworn to secrecy. And that means you too, Alison. Don't tell. Nobody likes a tattletale.

26 comments:

  1. The cake looks good. You should make me one.

    Btw, I decided to click your sidebar about the software you use for the recipe cards, but it just leads to the main page... just fyi!

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  2. DialogDog has a birthday coming up so I'll have to try this cake recipe, but of course I won't tell anyone where I got it from...

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  3. This looks super yummy! All of Ina's recipes are fabulous...Ooops. I promised I wouldn't tell.:)
    PS I just discovered your blog and am sure lovin' all your recipes!

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  4. Good morning! I finally finished the cookbook for my daughter. It is up on my blog today and I have linked to your blog. Come by and see. Thanks ever so much!

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  5. Looks delicious! I also love your girls' aprons. Do you by chance have tutorial for them?

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  6. That cake looks so moist & yummy! I am going to have to try it out!

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  7. That looks like the best cake on the planet.

    I just had the same experience as you with the kids and the dirty and the travelling... my hubby just got back from MEXICO last night. It wasn't his birthday, but he's been travelling for work. In fact, our September was him in Montreal for a week (without us, or more specifically, me!) and then home for one week, then family vacation for a week, then home for ONE DAY then him to Mexico for four days.

    I think he should make me this cake. This weekend. :-P

    And as my name's Allison, I definately won't tattle. you just might stop posting yummy recipes. :-P

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  8. That is one yummy looking chocolate cake you have there. If I wasn't on a "diet" I would have to make one.

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  9. Hi Jill! I received a Lovely Blog Award yesterday and I am passing it on to you. Please come by my blog and you can "pick it up"!

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  10. So now I'm drooling over chocolate cake and I want some and don't have any. Totally not fair! Hubby's birthday is in a little over a week, and he likes chocolate, but not as much as me. Maybe I could make it when he's at work and just see what's left when he gets home. You so shoulda done that, girl!

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  11. Yummmmm...that looks so good! Did you make the icing too?

    Natalie

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  12. That cake looks so good that I am licking my laptop screen. Nevermind that I am 6wks pregnant. Please send me a piece?

    Your girls are adorable! I love tha aprons. I cant wait for my daughter to be old enough to cook with!!

    Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

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  13. Okay, sorry to double comment... especially since I came to your blog via a commenting etiquitte post on SITS... but I have to correct my "tha aprons" typo. I am not the type of person to say "tha" anything, especially "tha aprons". I totally meant to say "the".

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  14. If this tastes anything like the amazing chocolate cake from Costco, you are a gem! Okay, Barefoot Contessa is a gem. But I'm not saying anything....
    I'll have to give this a whirl....

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  15. Okay that looks absolutely scrumptious and I don't even like chocolate cake... WAIT, NO, don't kill me... I can't help it, I was raised by aliens!

    uhmmm,anyway... I grabbed your newest adorable recipe card - thank you as always!

    Hey, come on over for a visit, k?

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  16. This looks super yummy! All of Ina's recipes are fabulous...Ooops. I promised I wouldn't tell.:)
    PS I just discovered your blog and am sure lovin' all your recipes!
    Work From Home

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  17. Cute Cooks! Check out:http://www.cupcakecrafter.blogspot.com or for some great fall thoughts
    Check out: http://www.teatimeconsultants.blogspot.com

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  18. I know I'm supposed to be reading your three posts but omg...that cake is makin me drool!! I'm totally snagging this recipe. Chocolate is a staple veggie in my house.

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  19. Smart Mommy, keeping them engaged. I think that's HUGE. I don't have kids but I watch the Supernanny enough to know that it's no small thing to keep them occupied and involved. Great job.

    keri

    www.samwich365.com
    please come follow me too.

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  20. Love the rigidity in the chocolate cake decision! :)

    Happy SITS day! Enjoy!

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  21. Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure it is delicious. I have found that buttermilk always makes things taste good. And here's one of my baking tip -- beat the eggs until they are super creamy and light. You'll love the results.

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  22. There goes my diet...AGAIN! Now I am making cake tonight...

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  23. Yumm .. what about the frosting???

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