I liked that I changed BSI in that you can use archived recipes to submit each week – I know there are some weeks when all of a sudden I realize its Sunday and I haven’t submitted anything yet.  So imagine my surprise when I went looking to see what I could submit this week – vanilla.  Guess what?  I couldn’t find any!!

Luckily I had planned on making wedding cake for our V-Day dinner celebration tonight.  I looked over several simple chocolate cake recipes, and this is what I came up with.

Simple Chocolate Cake (printer friendly version here)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup room temperature coffee
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted

Preheat the oven to 350.  Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Mix coffee and milk together.  Alternate between coffee and creamed mixture and combine with flour mixture until completely smooth.  Pour in melted chocolate and whip at highest mixing speed for 2 minutes.

Bake in 8 inch cake pans that have been greased.  Cook for 35-40 minutes.  Let cool completely before frosting.

I melted my chocolate in the microwave - 10 seconds at a time until it was all melted - about a minute

I have Veronica to thank for this wonderful frosting – go here to get her recipe!  I made the cream cheese frosting.

The secret to this amazing frosting is creme bouquet that I won from Veronica – it gives it that distinctive “wedding cake” taste.

I decided to make my cake into four layers, so I sliced each layer in half.  Can I just say I am not going to win any awards on cake decorating – but this is a delicious cake!

Another two other quick notes – I had my WW weigh in today:

I am completely happy maintaining this week! 😀

And I finally got my Rocco DiSpirito autographed cookbook!

There are so many amazing recipes I want to try off the bat, but this one I think is going to be my first one to try – coconut shrimp!

You have until tonight to get your BSI entries to Wendy who is hosting this week – any recipe with vanilla!