Friday, July 18, 2008

Rain! and Pumped Chocolate Bundt Cake

We have been so short on rain for so long that I actually had to run out and make a little video when we actually got a little shower today. It was SO refreshing! I could almost see the trees, grass and plants smiling in relief! Me, too! Thank you, Lord!

I've had to slow down on my watering in the yard after getting the biggest water bill EVER last month. I think it would have been a losing battle anyway. It's just been too dry for a water hose to make up for the lack of rain. :(

Yesterday I made what I call a "pumped" chocolate bundt cake. What I've done is modify a cake mix to make it special. Here it is:

Pumped Chocolate Bundt Cake

1 - 18.25 ounce chocolate cake mix (or devil's food)

1 + 1/3 cups water

3 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix all above ingredients together in medium bowl at low speed until blended, then on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Pour into 12-cup bundt cake pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top springs back when touched lightly.

Cool cake in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out onto cake plate.

Microwave on high:
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk

until butter is melted. Stir until brown sugar is completely dissolved, then add:
1 cup confectioner's sugar

Stir until completely blended.

Drizzle over bundt cake.

Microwave on high:
1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter

until chips are melted, stirring occasionally, being sure not to overcook (burned chcolate chips are not a good thing)

Now, drizzle this over the bundt cake as well.

Exercise caution not to make yourself totally sick eating way too much of it.


Today we were much better behaved with a sugar-free gelatin parfait.

Have a great weekend!!!!!


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