|The word's best chocolate cake: The Double Dip from (the now closed) Open Window Bakery. |
But then, the chocolate cake worked it's magic. People started eating it and saying it was delicious (I know) and p-shawing at the notion that it was healthy (it is! see the recipe below). Later in the day, my theory was proven through this conversation:
"Hey Hochberg, did you make the chocolate cake?"
"It was really good."
"Thanks. Hey, I know you're busy but can I have a photocopy of that history assignment?"
"Sure. And thanks again for the chocolate cake."
See? Now imagine what that conversation would have been like without the delicious chocolate cake icebreaker. Reflect on your own life, I bet you too have had instances when chocolate cake has made life run just a little bit smoother. Perhaps you were hosting a birthday party and the clown showed up drunk and half the kids are crying and it turns out that little Benny isn't toilet trained after all and since you have three girls, the only spare pants you can offer him are either pink, sparkly, or have ruffles. And this is quickly becoming the longest 90 minutes of your life. Until cake time. When the chocolate cake appears, all thoughts of clowns and crying go away and the biggest problem becomes who get the first piece (after the birthday girl, of course). By the time the last piece is given out, it is quiet and calm and it is a happy birthday.
Now imagine our world leaders getting together to discuss important world issues. Things start getting heated and one guy's all, "keep your hands off my fresh water" and some other guy's all, "just as long as you keep your hands off my oil," and the other guy's all, "well, just as long as you two stay out of my airspace." Then an intern brings in the chocolate cake. Slices are distributed and there is smiling and contentment and just like that, peace returns to the world.
|Heart Healthy Chocolate Cake|
Based on this recipe from the Hershey website
In a bowl, mix together the following:
1 3/4 cups of sugar
3/4 cup good quality cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons of both baking powder and baking soda
1 3/4 cups of flour
a few grinds of sea salt
1 cup of milk
little less than 1/2 a cup of apple sauce topped up to a full 1/2 cup with vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
and beat on meadium speed of a mixer for 2 minutes.
Stir in one cup of boiling water.
Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan, reserving about 1/2 a cup (or enough for two cupcakes).
Sprinkle 1/2 cup each of finely chopped chunks of dark chocolate and dried cherries onto the cake batter.
Bake at 350f for 50-55 min or until the cake springs back when you push it down gently.
Cool completely and then turn out onto a plate. Enjoy and peace be with you!
Oh, and the reserved batter for cupcakes? Bake two cupcakes (it should take about 20 min. or so) This was my second brilliant idea this week (the first being the world peace thing). When baking a cake, reserve a bit of the batter and bake a couple of cupcakes. This way, you can try the cake without destrying the cake and/or risk serving a crappy cake to your guests.