Thursday, January 27, 2011

Birthday Dinner

My husband celebrated his birthday, yesterday.

He requested meatloaf -
I used this Martha Stewart recipe of her mother's.

He also requests this cake, every year....

(can you tell I scanned this page - look how splattered this recipe is!  Quite the well-used recipe!)

It is Perfect Chocolate Cake from an old Southern Living publication.  They don't have the recipe online, but do have one that is a bit easier here(The icing and filling are the same, just a quicker cake recipe than I use).  Here is the one I use....

1 cup cocoa
2 cups boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2-3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
Whipped Cream Filling
Perfect Chocolate Frosting

Combine cocoa & boiling water, stirring until smooth; set aside. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour & next 3 ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with cocoa mixture at low speech, beginning & ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into 3 greased/floured 9 round cakepans. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until springy to a light touch. Cool in pans 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely. Spread Whipped Cream Filling between layers & Perfect Chocolate Frosting on top. Chill until serving time.

Whipped Cream Filling:
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

Beat whipping cream & vanilla until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Chill. Yield: 2 cups

Perfect Chocolate Frosting:
1 (6-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
½ cup half & half
3/4 cup butter
2-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Remove from heat; add powdered sugar, mixing well. Set saucepan in ice & beat at low speed until frosting holds its shape & loses its gloss. Add a few more drops half & half if needed to make spreading consistency. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.

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janet said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!!!

Meatloaf and chocolate cake....yum!!!!

Janet xox

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your husband, I hope he had a wonderful day! That cake looks delicious!

Kat :)

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday to your husband! I made meatloaf this past week too (my husband's favorite) and would love to make this yummy chocolate cake (chocolate would be my favorite!). :-)

Happy weekend, Trish...

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