CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAYS CUPCAKES OR CAKE
(Makes 1 Dozen Cupcakes or 1 Two Layer Cake)
4 One Ounce Squares Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
1/2 Cup Boiling Water
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Sugar
4 Eggs, Separated
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Cups Cake Flour, Sifted
1 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Salt
1 Cup Homemade Butter Cream Frosting (See Recipe for Butter Cream Frosting)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Melt chocolate in boiling water.
3. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light.
4. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat well after each additional yolk.
5. Add vanilla extract and melted chocolate, mixing well until blended.
6. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt, creating a flour mixture.
7. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk to butter and sugar mixture, beating after each addition until batter is smooth.
8. Beat egg whites until stiff.
9. Fold egg whites into cake batter.
10. Pour batter into cupcake pans lined with cupcake liners, or two round 9-inch cake pans, well buttered and dusted with dry breadcrumbs.
11. Bake 35-40 minutes until done and a toothpick inserted into the center comes clean. Cool completely before frosting.
HOMEMADE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
1 Pound Confectioners’ Sugar
3/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 1/2 TSPs Vanilla Extract
3 TBSPs Milk
Food Coloring (Optional)
2 One Ounce Squares Unsweetened Chocolate (Optional)
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and milk until smooth. If necessary, add more milk until frosting is a good spreading consistency.
2. If desired, divide up frosting into different bowls and add a few drops of different food colorings to each. Stir to blend.
3. * To make chocolate frosting, melt chocolate over very low heat until melted. Stir I to butter cream frosting.*
Baked Apples Stuffed with Granola (Serves 4)
4 Large Apples (Tart Varieties Work Best)
2/3 Cup Granola with Nuts
1/3 Wheat Germ
2 TBSPs Honey
1/2 Your Choice of Apple Juice, Apple Cider, Vanilla Yogurt, or Ice Cream
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Core the apples and place them in a 9-inch pie plate.
3. Mix together granola, wheat germ, and honey. Stuff the mixture into apple centers until full, and pile the extra mixture on top.
4. Pour juice in the bottom of pie pan.
5. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hr and 15minutes.
6. Serve cold with yogurt for breakfast or warm with ice cream for dessert.
Recipes are from, The Little Big Book for Moms.