A few fun pictures from last month. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary October 8. One of things I love about my husband is his dry sense of humor. When the special day arrived, a surprise appeared at the door with the following noteThe traditional gift for 20 years, china- in the form of a coffee mugs made in China. I’d been joking that I wasn’t sure if he was planning on “renewing the contract”, but the gift note says it has been renewed indefinitely. I especially enjoyed the mug that said, “7,305 days together… but who’s counting?” Apparently my engineer/mathematician husband is!
Black Russian Cake, page 75
I actually made this cake twice, not just because it was so delicious but I was unable to eject it from the Bundt pan intact. Probably just spraying the pan with non stick spray was not enough to prevent this dietary disaster! I guess the blog is teaching me to have a sense of humor about my baking skills! I must admit the finished product, despite its deformed appearance, was absolutely delicious and very moist, thanks to the pudding in the mix. Great sadness, I had to toss it to avoid further temptation!
My second attempt at this recipe was an improvisation of the original recipe, which called for a separate packet of pudding mix. I found a box of black forest cake mix with “pudding in the mix” on my garage pantry shelves. I think I purchased the mix with the better than anything cake in mind, but Julie was able to tackle that recipe before I got to it.
Here is the batter after being mixed for 5 minutes, lovely bubbles from lots of air incorporated into batter. The simplicity of this recipe’s instructions- mix all the cake ingredients together for 5 minutes and spoon batter into pan, makes this recipe a keeper!
I decided against taking chances with the evil Bundt pan again and using a large disposable cake pan. This made 4 lovely smaller cakes for the cake walk.
Each cake was glazed with a combination of powdered sugar and Kahlua… absolutely heavenly! I was thinking we should have carded the winners of this cake as it had vodka and Kahlua in mix and Kahlua in glaze! Thanks again to Shirley Z for another fantastic recipe that I can’t wait to make again for the next event I host or attend sans children!