Baking Bliss!

I want to apologize for the lack of posting the past week or so, life has been a bit hectic…in a good way! Josh and I ended up finding an apartment to rent/live on Friday and moved in the next day, Saturday and then had 6 visitors come to stay with us for St. Patrick’s Day that following Friday! Not to mention I had a ton of baking to get done for my best friend’s wedding shower the Sunday following St. Patty’s! Needless to say, we were quite busy! We did manage to move (with the help of 4 beloved friends, soooo appreciative….since this all happened essentially overnight, we were unable to hire movers…NEVER again), unpack, go to a fabulous dinner and night out with our new neighbors (my best friend and her fiance live a floor above us, cue the Friends jokes), bake over 125 cake balls, a red velvet cake, a banana bread and chocolate chip cookies! Anyways, life is good, we love the new apartment (even after debating renting it, not liking it when we viewed it, etc) and thoroughly enjoying living a floor below our best friends !

I took the day off of work Thursday so that I could run a whole bunch of errands and do some serious baking! I always tell Josh that I’d love, more than anything, a true day off…one where I have absolutely nothing planned, can sleep in and do whatever I want for the whole day! He just laughs and tells me, why, you’d end up baking and running errands anyways since you can’t sit still and easily bored! I guess the man has a point, because I really enjoyed my Thursday home!

So here’s the list of what was made: chocolate peanut butter cake balls (same recipe posted previously, with the crazy addictive peanut butter frosting: https://valuptuousvittles.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/pops-for-peanut-butter/), oreo cake balls, peanut butter banana bread, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate chip cookies for that leftover peanut butter frosting!

The banana bread was not intended to have peanut butter in it, but the first batch of peanut butter frosting that I made didn’t come out quite as smooth as I like so I ended up making another batch and having a whole bunch leftover! So I decided to use it as the butter/oil in the banana bread recipe!

Oreo Cake Balls:

Homemade Chocolate Cake:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 4 T butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T coffee
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Oreos, crushed
Filling & Coating:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • White baking chocolate
  • 1 T shortening
Make chocolate cake, bake and let cool.  Once cooled, remove rough edges and crumble/put in food processor until fine crumbs. Mix with crushed oreos and cream cheese. Roll into balls and freeze 1 hour or put in fridge 2-3 hours to harden. Remove from fridge/freezer and roll in melted white chocolate and shortening. Decorate while wet with crushed oreos, sprinkles, etc. I used a fork and drizzled milk chocolate over top. Put back in fridge for a few hours to fully set.
Chocolate peanut butter cake balls:

Banana Bread:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter frosting
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour loaf pan. Sift/mix together flour and baking soda, set aside. Beat together, peanut butter frosting and sugar, add in eggs one at a time, add in vanilla. Mix in mashed banana. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk, ending with flour. Do not over mix, pour into prepared pan, bake 1 hour 10 minutes (I covered it with foil half way through since it was browning rapidly).

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 T cocoa powder (heaping)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1-2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 t vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 8-inch cake pans. Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add in vanilla and red food coloring. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt. Mix together baking soda and vinegar. Alternately add buttermilk and flour, ending with flour. Beat in vinegar mixture. Pour into prepared pans and bake 25 minutes.

Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 t vanilla

Cream butter and cream cheese together. Add in vanilla and powdered sugar, mix until smooth. Cut tops off of cakes to make flat. To assemble, flip one cake over and place on tray. Frost, cover with another cake, frost, cover with last cake. Frost entire cake, eat and enjoy!!

I am usually not a big fan of red velvet cake at all, but this one was delicious! It was just cocoa-ey enough to give it some flavor, but not too much…very good! I will definitely use this recipe again! The entire cake was eaten at the shower, so it must have been pretty good!!

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About valuptuousvittles

I am a chiropractor with a passion for eating, baking and wine! It seems that my life is consumed by food, whereas most people eat to live, I live to eat!

Posted on March 23, 2012, in Bakery/Dessert Recipes, Breads/Muffins, Cakes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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