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Chocolate Cake: Simple, Tasty, Memorable, Great for the beginner baker!

Hey y'all as you have figured out I really like to bake but I also don't like to bake things that are complicated. I'm all about straight forward and consistent desserts that taste and look great. To be honest I don't pick recipes that have too many instructions. My attention span can't handle it. I like a crowd pleaser. When you have that one dessert/baked good that your family ask you to make, you feel like you have contributed to your food world!

This brings me to this next dessert I made from Toni Tipton-Martin's, Jubilee. I have already referenced this book last month but the stuff is too good to keep to myself. I am having so much fun with these recipes. 

Let's get into what's in the oven. In the oven, I made the Devil's Chocolate Cake from the cookbook, Jubilee. This book has a collection of recipes from 200 years of African-American cuisine that have been developed by people of all backgrounds in the Black American community. I ended up bringing the cake to work and I have a coworker who's a tough critic and it was so yummy, especially the frosting, she said" don't bring this again". As if it's too good to keep around. 

I really like this cake, because it has the nostalgic taste of those homemade chocolate cakes the church ladies would make. I also wanted to share this with you because it was easy to follow and a delicious success on my first go. I even put the sugar in late and it did not fail! This cake recipe is perfect for the novice/beginner baker.

Here's a video of finished product!

Here are a few baking tips I want to leave with you:

  • Spoon your flour into your measuring cup and then level it off. This helps prevent you from having too much flour than called for, resulting in a dense, dry cake.

  • When a recipe calls for creaming the butter and sugar together, beat for at least 5 minutes. You want the butter/sugar mixer to have a fluffy appearance, creating a lighter more airy cake not dense. 

  • Before you start baking, have your eggs, milk, and butter at room temp. It does not have to be left out for hours. 30 minutes will suffice if you forgot to take it out of the refrigerator.

At Sweet Soiree, I'm looking to help the novice baker make desserts based on recipes from cookbooks by black authors so that they have the confidence and skill to bake desserts that look and taste great! Currently Sweet Soiree is working on building a platform to host virtual baking classes to help the beginner baker. Is this something you would like to see? If so hit reply to this email. I would love to know what problem I can help solve in your food world.  At Sweet Soiree it's all about sharing sweet recipes. While I'm exploring these areas I have been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 11 years in the geriatric community. This is fun and sometimes a testament to patience as a virtue, LOL.    I encourage you to look back on past blog posts and IG. There you will find something to help or improve your everyday life.

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