I wanted Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting!

     For me, cooking and eating are recreations I enjoy immensely! Grocery shopping is a recreation I enjoy immensely!  My kitchen will always be a workshop where I enjoy myself!  

     I don't own the kitchen where I've been cooking lately, so I can't have everything where I want it to be all the time. So, I make do and do the best I can to enjoy myself and I hope the folk with whom I share my cooked goods enjoy them.  If they don't it's okay for them to say so.  Bombing out can be a teachable moment!  Usually, they like it, but they know I'll make it different the next time, so they should expect surprises!

     I know how to do simple cake decorations, but it a rare occasion when I decorate a cake.  I make cakes because I want them to eat.  When I want fruitcake, whether in June or November, I make fruitcake.  When I want yellow cake, that's what I make.  On this day, I wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  I didn't care anything about decorating it.  I simply wanted to enjoy making it, enjoy eating it, and enjoying sharing it with others.  Believe it or not, I was pleased with half of it was gone with 30 minutes of my inviting family members to enjoy some!

     I wanted it to be rich, so that I would want any more for awhile afterwards!  I wanted it to go well with coffee!  I wanted to make it from scratch!

     To make this cake, I used coconut shortening instead of butter or oil.  I mixed in some chopped pecans after using buttermilk, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and water.  

     For the frosting, I used unsalted butter, cocoa powder, heavy cream, and powdered sugar.

Oh Holy God!  It was delicious!


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