Monday, June 04, 2012

I Feel GOOD Chocolate Cake

I know it's just the steroids, but I don't care!  I have not felt this good in so long.  It makes me realize just how bad and tired I feel most of the time.  Most people feel like I do right now all the time.  It used to be that way for me too.  For example, I just made a chocolate cake from start to finish and didn't sit down once.  It took me a lot less time than normal too.  I would have been rolling around the kitchen on the Captain's computer chair and sitting down as much as I could.  I would also be completely worn out right now, which I'm not.  I'm telling you, I just feel wonderful.  Too bad that part will wear off when the steroids do.  The leg is also pain-free.  Yipee!  Please, Lord, let it work!

So anyway, this is my favorite chocolate cake.  I usually make it every New Year's Eve.  I don't know how that tradition got started, but it did.  I usually don't make it other than that because I'd just eat it all.  I didn't make it this past New Year's Eve and I had a hankering for it, so here ya go...
Ain't it decadent looking?  Believe me, it is!  And what says LOVE more than a home-made chocolate cake?  Nuthin'!  I'm sure I've given y'all this recipe before, but here it is again.  You are cheating yourself and your family if you don't print this out and make it.  (I'm going to give 2/3 of it away and keep 1/3 for the Captain and me.)

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-Pecan Frosting

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Mix the above together in a large bowl and set aside.

2 sticks of butter or margarine
1 cup water
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Place the above in a medium saucepan and heat until melted.  Mix well and set aside off the heat.

3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Add the above and the heated butter mixture to the first mixture and beat until well combined.
Place into a greased & floured 13 x 9-inch pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Test for doneness with a toothpick.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly before frosting.  FROST WHILE STILL WARM.

Frosting:
1 stick butter
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb of powdered sugar
1 cup of finely chopped pecans

Heat the first three ingredients above in a saucepan until melted; combine well.  Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 pound of powdered sugar.  Beat well with an electric mixer until smooth.  Stir in pecans.  Immediately pour over warm cake and spread evenly. Allow cake to cool completely before serving.

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Somebody asked how big the cranberry purse turned out to be.  The measurements are 11 inches x 14 inches.  I did not use a double strand of yarn for this one.  It's only slightly smaller than the cream colored one.

There's nothing much to show you on the crochet front.  I only made the first three rows of the shawl yesterday, and then I switched back to making more flower squares.

Back to the grindstone.  Bye.

16 comments:

  1. Such good news. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Chocolate cake... I think half and half is better than 1/3rds. I'll have to keep this one printed and close by. Going over to friends for pizza tonight. They are moving back into the city now that their boys are both out of college. So, off to make a quick salad to take. Last minute idea.

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  2. So great to hear you feeling so good Pammy Sue!!! I hope it lasts!!! That cake looks divine! I have a similar recipe, and it is a favorite of ours too. So rich and yummy! I would eat the whole cake too!!!
    : ) Kris

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  3. Glad your back is feeling better Pammy Sue. There's nothing worse, is there?
    Now thanks for the great recipe. Just one question - what is a stick of butter? 250 gms ( half a pound?)and what type of flour? We have what we call plain flour or self-raising flour which has a rising agent mixed into it. I'm pretty sure the rest will be fine.
    Cheers

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  4. Helsie, that is plain flour and 1 stick of butter is 1/4 lb or 1/2 cup of butter.

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  5. OMG I think I put on about 4 pounds just reading that recipe. I don't think I should risk making it !! Hope your leg gets better. xoxox

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  6. Oh yum! I have some coffee to go with that, do you want to come over and please bring the cake ;)

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  7. Am I drooling all over my keyboard,
    why yes I am,
    have I gained weight just reading this recipe,
    why yes I have,
    will I make this cake,
    why certainly,
    will I eat this cake,
    of course I will,
    and will I hate myself the next day,
    you betcha!
    Man I ♥ Chocolate!
    Thanks for sharing Pammy.
    (((HUGS))) From Love Handles Susanne :)

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  8. Why oh why did I click on to this post, now I have to make the cake, it looks way too divine to miss out on, really I'm glad I clicked on!!!!!
    Good to hear you're doing well, great for you :)
    Karen x

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  9. So glad you are felling better! Those steroids are amazing aren't they? I am starting a round today for my COPD. The lungs aren't moving enough air with these Spring Allergies. Anyhoo, I Love both bags and I have tried to resist getting into the flower afghan but I cannot resist any longer. I will be emailing you for the pattern. Enjoy your new found energy!
    Eileen
    xo

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  10. Pammy, I don't think I'd realized until now just HOW debilitating your pain has been! I'm SO SORRY you've been suffering so! And so glad to hear that you are pain free at present! Isn't it amazing how we adapt to new phases of life and then start to feel better and realize just how BAD we were! Yikes! The chocolate cake looks yummmmm-delish. I sit in front of the TV many nights and give voice to the feeling, "I want cake!". My hubby laughs at me when I do it! I won't bake a cake because I KNOW I'd eat it! And Lord knows, I DON'T NEED IT! My MIL left a legacy of a chocolate cake that is our fave around here. Whenever I make it, she is present with us! That's a good legacy to leave behind! I am, however, going to try this recipe of yours! I just bought the cocoa powder (for a different recipe) last week...so I'm armed with the makings and ready to give 'er a whirl! Keep feelin' good, Pammy Sue! Annette

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  11. The cake looks very yummy. I'd give it a go, but I'm not allowed in the kitchen after the "burnt brownies of '05" incident :)

    I hope your meds work, and I am so glad you are feeling so good. Prayers being sent your way that the meds will continue to work and that you will feel better from here on out. :)

    Bless you Pammy Sue for you bring so much joy to so many people via your awesome blog. :)

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  12. Cheat myself?.. Well, I wouldn't want to do something like THAT; and especially where CHOCOLATE CAKE is involved! We've been having some cool, rainy weather here, AND we seem to be suffering a serious shortage of chocolate around here, so NOW would be the perfect time to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing, and glad to hear you (and Ollie) are both feeling better! ((hugs)) ~teener

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  13. That cake looks fabulous ..wish I had some right now !!
    Glad you are feeling better !
    (ALLMYFLOWERSQUARESAREFINISHED !):)
    Thank you again for the pattern !

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  14. I'm happy your doing so well. I can imagine how you felt. That happened to me last year. I am now on vitamin D-3 and I feel so much better now. Getting older has it's aches and pains. I think my mom has more energy than me and she's 90!
    Cake looks yummy. My hubby would love it!
    Have a great day & thanks for sharing.

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  15. OMG, I just wanta smash my face into that cake and eat it all, it looks so good to me right now. I've been really good staying on my diet and not eating but a few carbs and yes the weight is coming off but your cake is making me want to SIN and delve in. That and a large glass of WHOLE milk not the skimmed shit. HELP ME!

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  16. My hubby loves chocolate cake. Now I have to make this for his birthday! Looks delicious Pammy Sue!

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