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Fauxstess Cupcakes

22 Aug

Fauxstess Cupcakes | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
I’m not a big fan of copy cat recipes, because, let’s be honest, the secret ingredient in commercial baked goods is preservatives, which neither Publix nor Kroger sell. Still I get sucked in by the beautiful blog photos and the idea that I could make my very own Hostess, Little Debbie or Starbucks treat. Mostly because it feels like it would only be half as bad for me if I made it myself. Hey, if there aren’t any preservatives, that could be half true. Redhead math just kicked in and told me that half as bad minus half true equals a pretend Hostess Chocolate Cupcake.

I was not allowed Hostess or Little Debbie type products as a kid. Being bared from such cream-filled and frosted wonders likely explains my peculiar personality and behavior. No, wait, the red hair and the ovaries explain that. Continue reading

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Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake

20 Nov

Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake | Adventures of a Hungry Redhead
Pumpkin Week continues with Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake! If you want your sweet something pumpkin to be a showcase piece at Thanksgiving, this could be it. I mean look at those ribbons of chocolate floating through the moist orange pumpkin. Fancy comes at a price though ? just ask the Real Housewives of Orange County. This cake is a labor of love because of the two separate batters and the need to get excess moisture out of the pumpkin.

I realize I’ve nearly talked myself out of a sale here, but bear with me. I’m going to be honest, this is one of those recipes I second-guessed the whole way. I have to strain water from the canned pumpkin? I have to split how much in half and add half of what to which? But, when I finally got to the point of pouring the batters into the pan, I couldn’t stop myself from eating most of it as I went (especially the chocolate), which in my mind is the first sign of a good recipe.  In the end, the cake was exactly what I wanted (minus my sub-par marbling skills). So, like I said, fancy comes at a price: your time and patience. If I have no patience does this mean this cake was half off or twice the price?

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Single Serving Chocolate Cake

16 Oct

Single Serve Chocolate Cake
It is no secret that I am capable of eating an entire cake by myself. Though no one has witnessed this act, many have seen me slice my own “piece” of cake; it doesn’t take much imagination to guess what happens when I don’t have judging eyes on me. I’ll give you a hint: there is no knife involved.

Cake is my kryptonite. And donuts. And ice cream. Man… I’d make a sucky superhero. Although, I could trap evil villains in a thick flood of buttercream. But I digress.  My complete lack of impulse control around cake means I can’t have one in my apartment. Ever. The single exception is my birthday. If you’re ever in charge of getting me a birthday cake, it should be a Publix marble cake, two layer with vanilla buttercream. The more flowers, the better. Continue reading

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