Chocolate Donuts

Chocolate Doughnuts…or if you prefer…Chocolate Donuts…are one of my all time favorites.

Like if I could have only one dessert ever for the rest of my life…I would choose devil’s food chocolate cake donuts.  The richer and denser, the better.  You know, like those chocolate donuts behind the glass case in the gas station?  Yeah…those.  My all time favorite Chocolate Donuts are from Dunford Bakery.

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I can’t eat junk food like I used to…so I have to be really careful about what I eat and how often.  I try to limit my bad food choices to special occasions and then eat something that is totally going to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.

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Remember when I shared with you my food intolerances?  Yeah that…well, I haven’t shared a lot more about that here with you because there hasn’t been a lot of great progress in that area of my life.  Apparently I am not very good about eliminating 7 MAJOR foods from my diet permanently.  I did super fantastically for eight months and then had a little bit of a break down.

Can I just tell you how exhausting it can be?…thinking, analyzing and planning EVERY. SINGLE. THING you can or can’t eat.  I was going through some personal family struggles and I just didn’t feel like I could continue the rigid diet I was on.  I had a teensy little “tantrum” and pity party for myself and gave myself a little “break”.

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I was fine for a while and was hoping that I would suddenly be cured and be able to eat some of my favorite things again.  But slowly and surely, I began to feel some of my old symptoms coming back.  Sigh.

So, I am working my way to getting back on track and allowing myself to accept the failures along with the victories.  I have hope that we will get my food issues sorted out.

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And, well, at this point you are probably wondering why I am rattling on about my food allergies in a post dedicated to chocolate donuts.  I am not really sure…other than I like them and can no longer eat them, and when the kids wanted a little snack, we thought it would be fun to make our own donuts…so we did.

And if you like chocolate donuts, you might want to make some too…just make sure you eat one for me.  I understand these are pretty good.  Not as good as my Dunford Bakery donuts…but good enough that you just might whip them up next time you get a hankering for a chocolate donut.

Devil’s Food Cake {Chocolate Cake} Recipe

1/2 cup butter

3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup water

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

 

Glaze Frosting:

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 – 4 Tbsp. of milk

 

Directions:

  1. In a small pan melt the butter or margarine with the unsweetened chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Cream together the sugar and the eggs until light in color. Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs and beat well so the eggs do not cook.  Add 1 cup boiled water (still warm) and blend well. Mixture will be very liquid.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this mixture to the chocolate mixture and blend well.
  4. Mix together the vinegar and the milk and stir into the chocolate batter.
  5. Heat donut maker that has been greased and then bake donuts according to the pans directions OR bake in a donut pan for the suggested time and degrees according to the size of your pan.
  6. Let donuts cool on a wire rack until warm and then dip into the frosting glaze mixture.

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If you could have only ONE dessert ever again…what would it be?



Amazing Chocolate Layer Cake

My oldest daughter LOVES chocolate…just like her Mama…she is a smart girl!  For her birthday this year…which was a few months ago, she requested a BIG chocolate cake made with our favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe.  I decided to change it up a bit and make it into a Chocolate Layer Cake.

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I simply took our Chocolate Cake Recipe and split it into three 8 inch rounds instead of baking it in the regular 9×13 pan.   And of course we used our favorite Chocolate Frosting Recipe, which I also shared with you on the Peanut Butter Fingers.

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For the filling we just used our favorite Vanilla Frosting Recipe that I will also share with you…or you could just use more of the Chocolate Frosting between the layers of chocolate cake.

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Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Sour Milk (1 cup milk with 1 tsp. Vinegar added to it)
  • 1 cup Oil (we use coconut oil)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Butter melted in saucepan
  • 4 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp. Milk
  • 3-4 cups Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together the sugar, cocoa, salt and soda with the oil and cream together.
  2. Mix in the other ingredients one at a time and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour into greased and floured pans. Three 8 inch pans or a 9x13 pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes for the round pans or (55-60 minutes for a 9x13) pan until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2013/09/amazing-chocolate-layer-cake.html

For the Vanilla Frosting, I used the recipe below.  I like it!

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp. milk

Mix powdered sugar and unsalted butter with electric mixer (low speed). Mix in vanilla and gradually add milk. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too thick, add a bit more milk, one tablespoon at a time while mixing. Add paste food coloring with toothpick until desired color is achieved.

Birthday-cakes

When I use that Vanilla Frosting to frost an entire cake I will double it.  But just to make the filling on the tops of two chocolate rounds this should be plenty.  Notice how I used thin layers of frosting.  I didn’t want there to be too much frosting.  But…if you are a fan of lots of frosting…go nuts!  Now go and enjoy your day…and eat some chocolate for me!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cake

You all should know by now my love for chocolate, but even better…is the combination of peanut butter with my chocolate. When I was a kid, I would sneak a spoonful of peanut butter and dip it into the bag of chocolate chips. My mom did NOT love this little trick.

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Apparently I have passed this love on to my eldest daughter. She recently celebrated a birthday and could not make up her mind about what kind of cake she wanted. She wanted a “grown-up” cake and not a “silly” little girl cake. Then I remembered seeing this cake over at Bakerella. I knew I had to make it for her.

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She loved it…and so did I. Really one of the easier cakes I have made. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you will love this.

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

Peanut Butter Cup Cake
*recipe originally from Parents.com

1 devil’s food cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2+ cups chopped peanut butter cups
8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 9-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. Line with wax paper and coat paper.

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, buttermilk and vegetable oil on low for 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides after 1 minute. Fold in 2 cups of the chopped peanut butter cups.

Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool cakes completely.

Place chopped dark chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring cream just to a boil and then pour over chocolate. Whisk until chocolate melts. Add peanut butter and whisk until smooth.

Trim each cake layer so the tops are flat. Place one layer on a cooling rack and pour 1 cup frosting on top. Spread evenly with a spatula. Add second layer and pour remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Smooth out with spatula.

Allow frosting to set for a minute and gently press remaining chopped peanut butter cup pieces all over top and sides of cake. Place in refrigerator for about an hour to set. Remove and serve.

 

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