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Five Minute Chocolate Cake

5 Minute Chocolate Cake

Sometimes you want a bit of chocolate cake and don’t want to take the time or the calories to make a full 9″ double- or triple-layer cake. I tend to be very prone to having fits of chocolate cravings so the other evening, I decided I really needed a chocolate fix. Nor did I feel like waiting the three hours for a cake at 10pm at night.

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Ratio: Variations on the Theme of Pancakes III

Third in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

No picture of this one and why is that? Because I managed to have so many problems putting this together, it’s not even funny. It came out tasty in the end but quite frankly, I need to test my recipe revision to find out if it’s really fixed.

In the end, they came out pretty well. Even the first one that spread like crazy and was a bitch to flip tasted great. I hit the cocoa measurement dead-on. They were extremely delicious and I only wished I’d had some fresh strawberries and whipped cream to top them.Third in the Ratio: Pancakes series.

No picture of this one and why is that? Because I managed to have so many problems putting this together, it’s not even funny. It came out tasty in the end but quite frankly, I need to test my recipe revision to find out if it’s really fixed.

In the end, they came out pretty well. Even the first one that spread like crazy and was a bitch to flip tasted great. I hit the cocoa measurement dead-on. They were extremely delicious and I only wished I’d had some fresh strawberries and whipped cream to top them.

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is not a true pie. It isn’t baked in a pie dish nor consist of tender, flaky pie crust with pastry cream. Rather it’s a sponge cake that is sliced in half and layered with pastry cream then topped with ganache. It is also one of my very favorite desserts. Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is not a true pie. It isn’t baked in a pie dish nor consist of tender, flaky pie crust with pastry cream. Rather it’s a sponge cake that is sliced in half and layered with pastry cream then topped with ganache. It is also one of my very favorite desserts.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake (With a Twist)

Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary. Flourless Chocolate Bean Cake

A flourless chocolate cake made from beans? That I have to try. It’s just so out there, at least to my mind, that I really want to see if it works and if it really, honestly, truly tastes like chocolate fudge cake.

The verdict? Soft, fudgey and definitely chocolatey. Guilt-free chocoholism at its finest. The Truvia worked well, though I wonder if I cooked it even slower than might have been strictly necessary.

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Sveicieni Latvijas dzimšanas dienā! (91st Anniversary of Latvian Independence)Sveicieni Latvijas dzimšanas dienā!

Latvian Independence Day Cake

I thought about what I wanted to do for the holiday and eventually came up with this cake. In the South, red velvet cake is a tradition. I’ve never made it, much less had it, but I knew it’d give me the deep maroon of Latvia’s flag. The white was a little trickier.

I found a recipe for a Silver-White Cake in my Good Housekeeping cookbook. It used no egg yolks so that the cake would come out white as snow and after some fiddling, I had adjusted the recipe so I would get some white and some red velvet out of it. It came out beautifully, the colors perfect.

I think my little Latvian Independence Cake came out well. My husband liked the flavor too — tangy and not-too-sweet.Latvian Independence Day Cake

I thought about what I wanted to do for the holiday and eventually came up with this cake. In the South, red velvet cake is a tradition. I’ve never made it, much less had it, but I knew it’d give me the deep maroon of Latvia’s flag. The white was a little trickier.

I found a recipe for a Silver-White Cake in my Good Housekeeping cookbook. It used no egg yolks so that the cake would come out white as snow and after some fiddling, I had adjusted the recipe so I would get some white and some red velvet out of it. It came out beautifully, the colors perfect.

I think my little Latvian Independence Cake came out well. My husband liked the flavor too — tangy and not-too-sweet.

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Rhubarb Ruminations

One of the many things my husband introduced me to during my stay in Latvia was rhubarb.

It’s odd that I’d never tried it before, considering I have spent so long in Utah where strawberry-rhubarb pie was always a favorite at the local pie joints. Not to mention canning season when rhubarb is put up for the winter and the long stalks of this ruby-red wonder decorate the produce section temptingly.

My first encounter with it was in a strawberry-rhubarb cake.One of the many things my husband introduced me to during my stay in Latvia was rhubarb.

It’s odd that I’d never tried it before, considering I have spent so long in Utah where strawberry-rhubarb pie was always a favorite at the local pie joints. Not to mention canning season when rhubarb is put up for the winter and the long stalks of this ruby-red wonder decorate the produce section temptingly.

My first encounter with it was in a strawberry-rhubarb cake.

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