18 August 2012

Modesty Chocolate Cake

Pin It You know that sinking feeling you get when you get jealous over people's lives on the internet?  I hate that.  I never know whose life is real and whose life is contrived.  I know...  people have a right to sing their own praises.  I know I am not exempt from doing this myself either.  I get caught in the trap and get excited... seems innocent enough, as I'm sure almost all of the internet bragging is.

The question is, however, how do you take this sinking feeling and turn it into something good?  Inspiration?  Reflection?  Gratitude for all of those many things that you yourself have accomplished?  Something that should be so easy isn't really easy at all.

I guess the best you can do sometimes is to step away.  Step away from the status updates, the pinterest boards, the twitter feeds.  Cut yourself a break, because no one else is going to cut one for you.

Make a cake, but don't worry about icing it.  Dust it with powdered sugar instead.  Serve it with homemade buttermilk ice cream to balance out your emotions.  Take a picture, but don't mess with editing and instagram filters. Be yourself completely, even if it is just in front of the dogs.

Recipe for Chocolate Cake via food & wine
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract, or vanilla paste
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3-4 tsp confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 9inch cake pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper.  In a bowl, sift the cake flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder together.  In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, unsweetened chocolate, and 1/2 cup water.  Heat on medium until chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved.  Transfer mixture to large bowl and stir in butter until melted. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.  Beat in eggs and egg white one at a time and finish by folding in flour mixture.

Pour into pan and bake 30 minutes, or until tester comes clean.  Remove and wait 20 minutes before inverting onto plate and dusting with powdered sugar.


  1. Stepping away is really the best thing to do in those moments of Internet jealousy. Stepping away and looking around and realizing what you do have in real life is pretty amazing. Of course that is easier said than done but the unsubscribe button is amazing for solving the problem too.

    And baking something delicious. That helps. ;-)

  2. ahh... the beauty of the unsubscribe button!


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