Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Chocolate Cake Delight

Chocolate Cake Delight
 My daughter, Andie has been playing softball since she was 6 years old and she loves it! She has been hurt so many times that you would think that she wouldn’t want to play anymore but that’s not the case. In February, she was playing in a tournament a week before high school tryouts and she broke her thumb playing catcher. She still made the team but was only able to play in a few games before we learned that she had to have surgery and have pins put into her thumb to stabilize the broken bone.
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She never wants to let any one down and she still wanted to be part of the team, so the other night, we had a softball team dinner. We love when good, cute girls come to our house, it’s the best! My grandma’s were lunch ladies back in the day and used to make yummy cakes like this all the time. I love to try out new recipes when we have a get together because you have so many people together that can give you their opinion. This is a no fail recipe and will be a hit at any gathering.
 chocolate cake delight4 Ingredients: 
Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
4 Tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
6 Tablespoons milk
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 cup caramel sauce- recipe below
Toppings:
2 1/2 cups toasted coconut, see instructions below to toast
1/2 cup caramel
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening or oil
1/2 cup slivered almonds
Directions:
  • First step, preheat oven to 375 degrees and line an cookie sheet with foil and spread out the shredded coconut evenly over the sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, checking and tossing coconut regularly. If you keep moving it the coconut won’t burn. When the coconut is golden brown, it’s done! Now, turn your oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar and then set aside.
  • In a saucepan, combine the butter, water, cocoa, and shortening. Bring to a boil. After the mixture reaches a boil, add this to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add the buttermilk, then the baking soda, and then the eggs. Next will be the vanilla, make sure to mix in between each addition. Pour into a greased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Frosting: In a microwave safe bowl, combine butter and milk and bring to a boil. Stir caramel sauce (recipe below), and then add the powdered sugar and the vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  • Once, the cake is done, remove from the oven and poke holes with a fork. Pour the frosting evenly over the top. Next sprinkle with the toasted coconut.
  • Drizzle the 1/2 cup of caramel onto the coconut. In a microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over the caramel and then sprinkle the almonds. Let everything cool and become firm before cutting.
Caramel sauce recipe:
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • In a large saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup on a medium-heat until everything has melted and the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Reduce to low heat and add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir continuously for about 5 minutes.
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Thanks for stopping by!
Kimberly

29 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! What a great way to celebrate!
    -Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  2. What a trooper she is!! That cake looks amazing! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere! :)

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  3. I remember fondly, of those softball days with my daughter!! Bravo to yours for sticking with it!! On another note-your cake looks absolutely decedent!! I'll be pinning so I can make it very soon!!!

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  4. Kimberly, this looks yummy! I love cake made with buttermilk- it's always so moist and tangy.

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  5. Ooooh girl girl get it away from meeeee! I can't eat this sort of thing without (literally) gaining like five pounds so I just stay away! The fat gene is strong in me, lol.

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  6. Kimberly, your daughter is not only adorable, she is a trooper too! I can't imagine breaking my thumb! OUCH! I was a softball player too when I was younger, it is a great sport and obviously she is a valued team member! The cake looks great, the flavor combination incredible! Thanks for the recipe!

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  7. Another one that sounds too good to be true, absolutely looks fantastic. Hope your daughters thumb is healing well. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  8. Oh my goodness! These look absolutely sinful! I am sure I would eat the whole pan of this cake in one sitting if given the chance! Thanks for sharing,visiting from Home Matters Linky Party. Pinning!

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  9. What a little trooper she is and love the recipe - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  10. These look wonderful! What a great way to celebrate. Thanks for partying with us! Stop by Surroundings by Debi on Tuesday where you will be featured on my Tuesday Treasures. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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  11. This cake sounds wonderful. So sorry to hear about your daughter's thumb. I just met someone who had broken hers- it really limits what you can do! I hope it heals quickly, and she can resume playing softball.Found your recipe via the Funtastic Friday linkup.

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    1. Two weeks until her cast comes off and she can't wait to play again! Thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Cake looks delicious, sorry to hear about injury of your daughter's thumb. Since she has passion she will face all the hurdles with smile. Thanks for sharing this delicious cake recipe with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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  13. Thanks for linking up #bloggersbrag http://www.everafterinthewoods.com

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  14. Wow! This looks so decadent! I think it may induce sugar comas but it would definitely be worth it. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  15. Oh this looks really dangerous, in a good way! Happy to feature you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing! ... And I hope your daughter is back on the field with the girls soon!

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  16. What a trooper your daughter is! This cake looks delicious, perfect for get-togethers! Thanks for sharing it at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!

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  17. That looks like it would be a huge hit in our house!! Sorry to hear about your daughter...hope her thumb heals quickly and that she is able to play again soon!

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  18. I'm confused about this step: Drizzle the 1/2 cup of caramel of the coconut. In a microwavable bowl, add chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring in between until smooth. Drizzle over the caramel and then the almonds. Let everything cool and become firm before cutting.

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  19. Good grief, Kimberly, don't you know I'm on a DIET?! This looks AMAZING!!! Maybe for cheat day :) Thanks so much for taking the time to come over and link up with us at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again on Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

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  20. This looks absolutely divine! Thanks so much for linking this up to the Weekend Potluck and being so faithful to our little link party. I had a great time checking out all your great recipes. Have a great evening!
    ~Kim

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  21. Oh.My.Gosh. This cake!! It looks SO mouthwatering! Maybe I'll try it out for my husbands birthday coming up! Thank you so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  22. Double yum! Who can resist this cake? Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. We're featuring this post today. Hope you can join us again this week.

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  23. Looks delicious! Bet the kids would love it - and me too! Thanks for linking up to the #BlogFair. Hope you can visit again this week - it starts in 2 hours :)

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  24. Just stopping by to let you know I'll be sharing your post on My Favorite Things weekend roundup tomorrow! Have a wonderful weekend!

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