Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Mother's Day Cake

The dog daddy at our house likes to bake.  

I love this, however my thighs are not so thrilled.  

For Mother's Day, he and the critters presented me with a lovely bouquet of tulips, a fanastic dinner (bacon wrapped filet mignon, fancy baked potatoes, fresh asparagus, great wine and this cake.

When you read how involved the recipe is, you'll understand that my Mother's Day cake was made with lots of love.

Warning:  just looking at this cake will probably add calories! 

It is the best chocolate cake I've ever put in my mouth!  It really should be called "death by chocolate!"  Here's the recipe:

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup canned pumpkin 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, plus one yolk

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Line the bottoms of two 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper and lightly butter.  Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.  Stir the buttermilk, plumkin, and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.  Beat the butter and sugars together using an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and yolk, one at a time.  reduce mixer speed to low and alternately beat in the flour and buttermilk mixtures in gthirds.  Pour the batter into the prepared pans.  Bake until a tester, inserted in the center, comes out clean - about 35 minutes.  Cool layers completely before icing.

There are two steps to finish this masterpiece!
Step 1 - Frosting:
Beat 6 ounces softened cream chese using a mixer set on medium high speed until fluffy.  Add 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar, 2 1/4 teaspoons cocoa, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined.  In a separate bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream with 3/4 cups confectioners sugar and a scant 1/4 teaspoon food coloring (he used red for pink) on medium-high to soft peaks.  Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture until well combined.  Spread 1 cup frosting between the two layers and use the reamining frosting to ice the top and sides of the cake.  chill 30 minutes and proceed to step 2.

Step 2 - Glaze:
Place 4 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, and 3 tabelspoons corn syrup in a medium heatproof bowl.  Bring 1/2 cup heavy cream to a boil, pour it over the chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes.  Gently stir, using a whisk, until smooth.  Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes, until the glaze thickens slightly.  Pour the glaze onto the4 center of the frosted cake and smooth out to the edges to allow the glaze to drip over the sides.



  1. Woof! Woof! Sweet and Loving gesture. WOW! DELISH! My favorite ingredient pumpkin. So how long did you guys enjoyed this cake? Mom took notes of the recipes. Golden Thanks for sharing. Happy Tasty Tuesday.

  2. Hi!

    I just got here from Sugar's page. :) Nice to meet ya'll! The cake looks delicious. Drop on by if you will!:)

    Bunk The Pug

  3. Oh my gosh! I think the dog daddy needs to teach Shiner's dog daddy some cooking skills! lol

  4. Great husband. Cake looks delish, but you're right, probably not so good for the thighs - but sometimes you gotta just go for it.

  5. Holy cow, that sounds delicious!!

  6. Oh my goodness, that had to be totally yummy!

  7. Oh myyyyyyyyyyyy!!! Your Doggy Daddy likes to bake!? Can we rent him out please?
    This sounds and looks AMAZING! Your dinner sounded incredible!! What a wonderful man!

  8. The catdaddy at my house does all the cooking - he told me to just stay out of the kitchen. Apparently he hates my cooking. That's really good because I hate to cook. I would like to find a way for him to meet your daddy, though. He bakes cakes, too, but refuses to add the frosting.

  9. Oh my THIGHS and BUTTOCKS! That looks simply delicious! Yummy!

  10. Looks so yummy. Sounded like you had a great meal!

  11. The cake sounds good but mom was hung up on the steak, potato and asparagus! What a yummy feast!

  12. Holy cow. That looks amazing.

    I am very jealous that you have a hubby that likes to bake - but then again, maybe it's a good thing mine doesn't!

  13. My husband did that for me too, but I have not yet posted about it! AND...he did not make me a special CAKE! That one looks so delicious...will have to take down the recipe!! You have a good man there!!

  14. Holy woof! Why can't I get a Daddy that bakes? Mine can barely order pizza. It looks like that was made with lots of love and it looks & sounds delish! Maybe I'll have to try making it for myself, eh.

  15. that cake looks amazing, your dad is super impressive!

    urban hounds

  16. A man that bakes is most def a keeper! Lucky you! Can't imagine pumpkin nd chocolate together but looks beautiful and maybe the healthy pumpkin counteracts all that sugar? Why not!

  17. It sounds completely divine. What a gift to have someone who loves you that much make it for you. ღ


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