Sunday, August 15, 2010

Chocolate Cake Fantasmania

Three words = Benjy's Chocolate Cake

When I order this dessert at Benjy's I probably inhale it in under two minutes. I don't take time to breathe, wipe my face or indulge in conversation. Nothing but me and this delightful dish exists in the world.

For Christmas last year, two of my friends and I treated each other to a nice meal for our Christmas presents to each other. When the waiter came to ask if we wanted dessert one of my dessert hating friends (not to be mentioned here) quickly answered, "no". I glared at her as if she had left a flaming bag of dog feces on my doorstep. After a minor (I'm sure they would say major) hissy fit, one friend sneaked off to order the dessert for me. The world was back in balance and I was a happy little lady. It's just that good. It's worth acting like a five year old until I get my way in a public place.

I happily stumbled upon the recipe and promptly made it to share the joy with the world. My co-workers either thank me or yell at me for ruining their diets each time I make it. As it was two co-workers birthdays in the past two weeks, I brought it to work on Monday for the second time to grand applause. Now, I will share the recipe with you so you can make the world fall in love with you.

Benjy's Mom's Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

For cake:
2 sticks of butter
1 cup of water
6 tablespoons of cocoa
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of flour
½ cup of buttermilk

For frosting:
1 stick of butter
6 tablespoons of cocoa
6 tablespoons of milk
1 box of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 cup pecans

1. In a saucepan bring the butter, water and cocoa to a boil. Remove from heat.
2. In a mixer beat the eggs, then add sugar, baking soda, salt and vanilla extract.
3. Alternately add in the flour and buttermilk, in small amounts.
4. Add in chocolate mixture.
5. Bake in a buttered 13-by-nine-inch pan at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. While the cake is baking, make the frosting and frost the cake as soon as it is taken out of the oven.
6. For the frosting, melt butter. Add in cocoa and milk.
7. Place in mixer and add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Once the cake is frosted, sprinkle with pecans. Using a little bit of water on your hands will help prevent the icing from sticking to you.

And this...

...will quickly turn into this.

Speaking of chocolate nuggets, my little chocolate bon bon got a hair cut last weekend. I think he looks like a pathetic deer and I seem to be the only who thinks he looks ridiculous. You can tell he thinks he's extremely dashing. What do you think? Deer or dashing? Definitely deer, right?

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