This last weekend I enjoyed a relaxing but semi-productive couple of days full of some baking, cooking, going walking with the dog, a little knitting, and celebrating my husband’s birthday with some friends and family. (And him too, of course.)
While my man was out snowmobiling for his day I was in my comfy lounge pants making his favorite, fifth annual, Chocolate Birthday Cake.
He loves this cake. Like REALLY loves it. So do I of course. I have made this amazing and oh so perfect Chocolate Cake every year for his birthday since we met, and he always makes sure to hint around the week or two prior to his day to make sure I’ll be making it. =) I’m kinda proud that he
likes loves it so much and I’ve made it for him every year so far.
I can’t begin to try and tell you how perfect this cake is through my writing, but can just tell you that it is not your ordinary chocolate cake. It is made with hot coffee and Kahlua, has just the perfect rich chocolate flavor, is perfectly moist, and has just the perfect crumb, structure, and density to hold up to shaping and sculpting (if you want to get that fancy), and velvety texture. It’s not too heavy or dense, and it is not too light. This Chocolate Cake is covered in Ganache and Italian Cocoa-Kahlua Buttercream. The oh-so-wonderful recipe will be up and shared soon.
I also made a pot of my Potato Leek Soup. This time just simplified it by not roasting the potatoes and leeks. I really have a thing for soups and stews in the winter.
Also have a thing for knitted hats. So my brother’s (late) Christmas gift was worked on a little bit…
This is my last of the hats for gifts. After this is finished, there is a super cute one I’ve found and must make for myself before I’m done with my hat kick. The Off Piste, pattern and design from the owner of my LYS (local yarn shop), is so cute with the cables and brim.
February is going to be the Annie’s Woolens Christmas Stocking. For the last two years now I have really wanted to make Christmas Stockings for hubby and I, but it keeps getting bumped down the to-do list. So I’m finally going to make one for myself in February, then make Will’s stocking. I’m excited about these two projects and about the knitting goal I made for the year. =)
Also got to enjoy a nice long walk with my two guys over the weekend…
Oh how I love weekends. =)