Simple Chocolate Cake and a Giveaway!

October 8th, 2010

Last Saturday, I had a dinner party. Even though there were not enough dining chairs to go around, I believe everything was a hit!

But, every time I sit down to tell you about it, I’m reminded of how tired I was afterwards… so instead, I’ll give it to you in pieces… starting with the best course… DESSERT!

I made Crack Pie and Chocolate Cake.  The Crack Pie didn’t come out well…It was good but hard as a rock… the Chocolate Cake was great and very simple to make!

Now for the giveaway… CSN has again given me a $35 gift certificate for their sites…personally, I would get the immersion blender or the Le Creuset baking pans… but pick whatever you want…

Now how to enter… Each of the following will give you an entry but you only have to do one…

1. Leave a comment below.

2. Tweet the giveaway linking to @ginnygetsfloury and leave an extra comment letting me know.

3. Follow me on twitter and leave an extra comment letting me know.

4. Like me on Facebook and leave an extra comment letting me know.

5. Be my 200th twitter follower, get an extra entry and a foodie prize (to be determined!).

I’ll pick a winner next week on October 18th at noon.  Sorry but we can only ship to the US and Canada.

15-Minute Chocolate Cake
(from Chocolate Bliss)

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup boiling water

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 10-in round cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking sodea and salt until combined. Add egg, milk, oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture for about 5 minutes. Beat in the hot water, the batter will be thin.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Unmold and let cook completely.
4. Top with a chocolate ganache (I heated about 1/4 cup cream until slightly simmering and added to 1/2 cup chocolate chips with a splash of vanilla).

Project Food Blog… VOTING OPEN!

September 20th, 2010

Yes, this is a shameless, shameless plug… Please vote for me!

Foodbuzz is having their first Project Food Blog contest… the contestants go through a series of challenges and the winner, ultimately, besides getting crowned as the winner, receives $10,000.

I would love to have you vote! Please read my profile and first challenge!

P.S. Macaron recipe with some chocolate ganache.

My Birthday Feast!

August 11th, 2010

Well, it has happened… I’m another year older and apparently, wiser? mmm… I have had a lovely day thanks for my friends and family. It culminated with a delicious Asian inspired feast and a Peach-Vanilla Pie… We started with Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls followed by Singapore Chili Shrimp and Chicken A La Nueces De La India. For dessert, they put candles on top of my Peach-Vanilla Pie made with Tartine‘s Flaky Pie Crust.  Thank you for making this birthday wonderful!