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Mother’s Day is a great day to bake their favorite dessert! As long as the mothers do not need to do the baking or clean up the mess, they will love the dessert! On Mother’s Day, my sister, father, and I always bake her favorite cake, German Chocolate Cake. My mother absolutely loves German Chocolate Cake, so every year for Mother’s Day we bake the cake to show our love and appreciation for her. Even the little things like baking her favorite desserts, mothers will appreciate. Begin the tradition of providing the love and appreciation for Mother’s Day with their favorite dessert! Follow below for the recipe of the delicious, rich, and creamy German Chocolate Cake.

Ingredients: 

   – 3 cups of white sugar

–  2   3/4 cups of all-purpose flour

        –  1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

– 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa power

– 2   1/4 teaspoons of baking soda

– 2  1/4 teaspoons of baking powder

– 1 teaspoon of salt

– 1   1/2 cups of milk

   – 3/4 cup of vegetable oil

  – 3 eggs

  – 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

   – 1  1/2 cups of hot water

Frosting Ingredients: 

   – 1 cup of evaporated milk

    – 1 cup of brown sugar  

     – 3 egg yolks

– 1/2 cup of butter

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

– 1 cup of chopped pecans

  – 1   1/3 cups of flaked coconut

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a deep 14×17- inch baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

2) Sift sugar, flour, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; whisk dry ingredients together on low.

3) Whisk milk, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a separate medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix at low speed until well incorporated, about 5 minutes.

4) Gradually add hot water while the mixer is on low speed until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet.

5) Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 1 hour.

6) While the cake is cooling, mix together the ingredients for the frosting.

7) In a large saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract. Cook over low heat, constantly stirring until thick.

8) Remove from heat and stir in the pecans and coconut. Let it cool to room temperature before spreading on the cake. Then enjoy the delicious, creamy German Chocolate Cake!

Happy Mother’s Day!

                                                Nicole. 

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     Did you ever wonder what your taste buds would think of with the mixture of chocolate and steak? This is the perfect Valentine’s Day meal. It has both chocolate and steak, which resembles a sign of love for Valentine’s Day. Both of these, chocolate and steak, are my absolute favorite food item to eat. The mixture of them sounds quite interesting but delicious, right? However, my family made Steak au Poivre once for our Valentine’s Day dinner and it was delicious! It was so unique, but had a sweet, bitter taste to it. Try this recipe for your special Valentine’s Day dinner! Follow the recipe below.

Ingredients: 

    – 2 beef tenderloin steaks ( 5 ounces each)

    – 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided

    – 1 tablespoon of whole white or black peppercorns, crushed

    – 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Bittersweet Chocolate!

    – 1 tablespoon of finely chopped shallot

    – 1/4 cup of port wine

    – 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

    – 1/4 cup of condensed beef consommé

    – 1 teaspoon of minced fresh rosemary

    – 1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Directions: 

1) Brush the steaks with 1 tablespoon of oil; sprinkle with peppercorn and salt.

2) In a small skillet over medium heat, cook steaks in 2 teaspoons of oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness. Once they are done, remove and keep warm.

3) In the same skillet, sauté shallot in remaining oil until tender; Add wine and vinegar, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.

4) Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

5) Add beef consommé and rosemary. Bring to a boil again; add the chocolate, stirring until melted and sauce is thickened. Serve sauce with steaks!

6) Then enjoy the delicious meal of Steak au Poivre !

Happy Valentines Day!

    Nicole.


Valentine’s Day Dessert!

Valentine’s Day is a day to show our love and affection towards each other or significant others. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays; however, the first word I think of when I hear Valentine’s Day is chocolate. The best present that someone could get me for Valentine’s Day besides roses, would be any kind of food related with chocolate. My family tradition for Valentine’s Day is a chocolate dessert. The Molten Lava Cake is the dessert my family makes for Valentine’s Day to express our sweet love to each other. The  Molten Lava Cake is a great dessert for Valentine’s Day or even any time someone is willing to bake it. To create this delicious dessert, follow the recipe and instructions below.

Ingredients: 

– 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins

– 1/3 cup of Confectioner’s sugar, plus more for ramekins and serving

– 2 ounces of semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces

– 1 large egg

– 1 large egg yolk

– 1 teaspoon of espresso powder

– pinch of salt

– 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Directions: 

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees; Butter two 6-ounce ramekins, then dust with sugar.

2) Place butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted. Let cool slightly.

3) In a small bowl, whisk together egg, yolk, sugar, espresso powder, and salt. Add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine. Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not over mix).

4) Then, pour batter into prepared ramekins (Recipe can made up ahead until this point).

5) Bake until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from the edge of ramekin comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wet.

6) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes (do not over bake ).

7) Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack; run a knife around the inside of the ramekins to loosen.

8) Invert cakes onto serving plates, dust with sugar and serve immediately.

Enjoy The Molten Lava Cake!

                                               Happy Valentine’s Day

                                           Nicole.