A Baking Weekend

This past weekend my best friend Mary and her husband Anton came to visit from Minneapolis.  Anton’s birthday was the week before so I planned with Mary to have a birthday cake for him on their first night here.  After of day of traveling which included, being evacuated from their terminal at the Minneapolis airport and having to fly from Minnesota to Milwaukee to Atlanta before finally landing in DC, we picked them up and headed for beers and dinner and Dogfish Head Alehouse.

When we got back to our house, we indulged in some chocolate bundt cake before heading off to bed, after what was for them an exhausting day.

Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Bundt Cake

 Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Recipe from Joy the Baker, who got it fromThe Big Sur Bakery Cookbook

makes one 10-inch bundt cake

For the Cake:

1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon brewed coffee

3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

2 whole eggs

1 egg yolk

1 1/4 cups plus 1 Tablespoon buttermilk

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoon canola oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups, plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted

For the Glaze:

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature

1/4 cup brewed coffee, cooled

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan and set aside.

To make the cake batter:  Put brewed coffee and cocoa powder in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, whisking frequently.  Remove from the heat and let come to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a whisk attachment, mix together sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs and egg yolk on low speed for about 1 minute.  Add the buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract and mix on low again for another minute.

Add the flour and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add the cooled cocoa mixture and mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.  The batter will be very loose.  Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely in the pan and then invert onto a cooling rack.

To make the icing:  Chop the chocolate into small pieces, put them in a heatproof bowl (or a double boiler), and set the bowl over a pot of barely simmering water.  Be sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the boiling water.  Remove the bowl from the heat when all of the chocolate bits have melted.

Melt the butter in a separate pan or in the microwave.  Whisk the melted butter into the melted chocolate until thoroughly incorporated.  Sift in half of the powdered sugar.  Add the sour cream and whisk to combine.  Sift in the remaining powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.  The glaze should be thick and shiny.  Lastly, add the coffee and whisk to create a glossy glaze.

DC United Game

Spread the glaze over the Bundt cake, covering it completely.

The next morning we found ourselves up rather early enjoying some coffee and blueberry muffins that whipped up for their visit and subsequently my running club the next morning.  Then we headed off for a day of strolling through Georgetown, drinks at Smoke and Barrel and a rainy DC United Game.

Blueberry Muffins

 

Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins

Recipe from Joy the Baker

Makes 12-15 muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil (I used the almond oil I had on hand)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper cases or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl combine applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, oil and egg. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake for 16-18 minute

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About LindsayMargaret

Runner, baker, lover of the outdoors, PR professional living in Washington DC
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