Sometimes, I forget just how much I like to bake. Which sounds really silly because I bake weekly.
But I'm not talking about cookies.
I'm talking about cake. Not cake from a box, but cake from scratch. Which is even funnier, because I don't really even like cake. I'm an ice cream kind of gal.
But when you're getting some girls together for dinner, a movie, wine and pedi's...then cake just seems like a must do.
So I opted for my favorite chocolate coca-cola cake with chocolate coca-cola ganache.
This cake ranks at the top of my dessert list (other than ice cream!) I'm pretty sure it's because I don't care for buttercream and this ganache is the perfect combination of light, chocolately deliciousness.
The cake is light and fluffy, too.
It was also delightful to make a cake for friends.
There's a lot less pressure than when the baked goods are for a customer.
I'm not going to share the recipe, because honestly, all I did was google 'chocolate coca-cola cake' and used the first recipe that popped up. I was going for simplicity, so I just followed the recipe. Not much skill involved at all. I wasn't worried about icing the cake perfectly or having it be level, I just wanted to enjoy the act of baking and the end result.
Delicious cake, Delightful evening with dear friends.
Oddly enough the colors they decided to use matched the cookies from the inspiration platter.
I tweaked a few things and used my own swirly designs and came out with some cookies that just might be my favorite.
And yet again, I had to take my pictures at night. I'd love to have a light box, but considering this is a hobby and I've already got too many big pieces of cookie equipment, we'll just have to deal with some sub par pictures. Oh well.
See that big middle cookie? I was so nervous to try a quatrafoil pattern, but it's my absolute favorite. Next time though, I won't be writing on it!