Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Here we are on our way into the concert...
We went to Luray Caverns on our way home. That was amazing!! After looking at all the stalagmite and stalactites we were hungry! So we headed to the sweet little restaurant in the middle of pretty much no where.
It's called The Homeplace, and it's an old farm house that's open Thursday through Sunday for very specific hours. It's family style buffet; so they bring out all the goodies right to your table and when you've finished that they just bring more! It was absolutely delicious!!
And that was our getaway birthday celebration. We drove over 800 miles round trip but with good company in the car it was totally worth it!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET JOE!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I was so excited about eating the cake I neglected to take a picture of the finished product... But you can see we enjoyed it!!!
So finally the recipe...
1 pkg devil's food cake mix
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease two 9" round pans. Then dust pans with flour. (I just used Pam's Baking Spray).
Place cake mix, cocoa powder, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat 2 more minutes. The batter should look well blended. Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Place pans in oven side by side.
Bake the cakes until they spring back and just start to pull away from the sides of the pan, 28 - 30 minutes. Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge, then invert cakes on wire rack. Cool completely, 30 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare your frosting.
1 pkg cream cheese (at room temperature)
8 tbsp butter, at room temp
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp almond extract or pure vanilla
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Place cream cheese and butter in mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on slow speed until combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Add the cocoa powder, extract and confectioners' sugar and blend with the mixer on low until the ingredients are moistened. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 2 more minutes.
Use at once to frost cake. I like to then put the cake in the fridge to let the frosting set. Let me know if you try it out!! I promise it will be a hit!!