It’s FallTime ~ warm drinks & sweet treats ~

https://i0.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/2d/23/40/2d234010501de84c6e9befc3fc20e2ac.jpg Good Morning Lovely’s!  I’ve been freezing here as of late…the temperatures have finally decided that there shall be no Indian summer for me, and so i have taken to making (& drinking!)  a lot of creatively invented hot drinks! 😉

One of my favorite concoctions has  been:

Boiling Hot Coffee mixed with Hot Chocolate Mix!  (Mmmmm, it’s the best “goodmorning drink”!)

Another of my favorites is:

warm Milk with Cinnamon either on top or mixed in*sometimes i add Honey too* – (this is my favorite to drink at night!)

Also, as you all must know, Halloween was last night & since then i’ve had a chance to sneak a few treats from the children’s stock-pile! lol

I’ve got to say that i’ve found a candy bar that rivals my first favorite! (Twix) https://i2.wp.com/i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/126872268/Twix_biscuit_51g.jpg

This new favorite of mine is called 100 Grand -(can you tell i really don’t eat that much of this candy stuff! lol)

https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e9/100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg/300px-100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg Anyways, i loved making the discovery of this new chocolate bar….it makes me happy! 😉

But i am also very much so still in love with a good Twix now & again. On a random note – 😉

I keep seeing recipes for homemade Twix bars, & so i think i might give it a shot & try making some of my own….worst that could probably happen is just me disgracing the great name of Twix if they come out bad!  (hummm, maybe i should rethink this!)

Have a great day & expect a randomly posted Twix bars related recipe to come in the near future! 😉

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Rich Dark Chocolate Espresso Cake

... Morning everybody! 🙂

This is a rich and dreamy Dark Chocolate Cake that i experimented to perfection, shortly after my favorite cake recipe came-up missing a few weeks ago (i still don’t know where it is!)….I gotta’ say though, that this recipe really stepped-right-up to being my new fav!  It’s a super moist cake- using the oil has something to do with that i’m sure, but if you love good cake, then you should go make this! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling Espresso or strong Coffee

Directions (cake):

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. (I like to add a round piece of parchment paper to the bottom of my pans but it’s your preference.)

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; With electric mixer beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be very thin). Pour into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely, then Frost (see recipe below)

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Note: This frosting is just a very basic staple recipe for you today (My best & favorite recipe for chocolate frosting is with my chocolate cake recipe -which is strangely MIA! So i’ll post that recipe for you as soon as i find it!)

“ESPECIALLY DARK” CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter or Margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Directions: Melt butter, Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Recipe Credit

Liebster Award

Liebster-Award

Hey Everybody!

Hopefully you are all having a lovely day! ~ I know i am because it is gorgeous & sunny outside at the moment and it’s starting to feel more like spring should! Also, I’m super excited because Sweet 16′s Country Kitchen has been nominated for a second award! (Now how cool is that!?)

About the Award:
The Liebster Award is an award given to rising bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  (Isn’t that awfully sweet?! ~ we think so!)

Our Nominator: Charlotte from over at Bake With Me!  so kindly nominated us for this valued award! She has a lovely blog that is always so enjoyable to visit- plus she often blogs about CAKE! – and i mean who doesn’t like cake?! lol  So Thank You sooo much Charlotte! for the nomination ~ We are so very honored! ♥   Please visit her awesome blog – Bake With Me! – Here

The RULES:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator

3. Pass on the award to 11 new recipients

4. Pose 11 new questions to your bloggers

 So in keeping with the rules for the award, below are the  Answers to the questions that Charlotte has asked  us to answer. :)

QUESTIONS by Charlotte:

1. What do you like most about blogging? –  It’s so much fun hearing from & sharing with others- We have people visit our blog from all around the world & that is just so cool!

2. Describe your blog in three words. – Sweet, Country, (Random?)

3. What is your profession or what are you studying? – We are both studying forms to several different Colleges!  lol

4. What has been your all time favorite post to write or favorite topic to blog about? – The post about the Perfect Brownie recipe was so much fun to write… basically writing about anything pertaining to the culinary arts is a favorite right now! :)

5. If you could go back in time and relive any memory – what would it be and why? To hard to decide = not sure!

6. Favorite film of all time? –We can’t decide! Anything Jane Austin (i.e Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility) Julie & Julia or Ratatouille! ...

7. Do you have any hidden talents? –  Um, Not sure – they might still be hidden! lol

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? – On a tour through Europe because there must be great and inspiring restaurants to visit, and because i want to go to ancient castle. ;)

9. What are your three worst foods? – Brussels Sprouts, Susi, & Anchovies

10. What advice would you give to new bloggers? – Keep a regular posting schedule because people are drawn to blogs that are updated regularly! 

11. What can we expect to find on your blog in the near-future? – Recipes and little everyday snap-shots from our lives! :)

Passing along the blog love – Our  Nominations:

  1. Jessica’s Baking Blog
  2. Vagabond Baking
  3. The Misfit Baker
  4. Home Schooled Baking
  5. Add More Butter
  6. Sweet Cravings
  7. Paint Chips & Frosting
  8. Brahms & Cupcakes
  9. Playing With Flour
  10. The Bubbly Baker
  11. The Hunger Pangs

11 Questions to those Nominated:

  1. What made you decide to start Blogging?
  2. What’s the meaning behind your blog name?
  3. Which do you prefer most – Cooking or Baking?
  4. What is your go-to comfort food?
  5. What is your favorite style (i.e Italian, Chinese, Mexican) of food?
  6. What is your favorite restaurant/café where you live?
  7. If you could meet any famous cook/baker either past or present, Who would that be?
  8. Do you listen to music while you’re in the kitchen, or do you prefer silence while you work?
  9. How many Cook-Books do you own?
  10. Coffee or Tea?
  11. What is your favorite recipe?

Thanks for popping by today & make sure to stop by the blogs of those who were nominated! Cheers! :)

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

Welcome!

Life can only be understood backwards,but it must be lived forwards. – Soren Kierkegaard

Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.
– Elisabeth Elliot
 
This cake is an all time favorite here, it takes some time but is really worth it! It taste especially superb with a scoop of coffee ice cream or just plain coffee! 🙂

Enjoy!

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake

  • 1/2 lb. unsalted butter (rm. temp.)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 lg. eggs (rm. temp.)
  • 1/4 cup grated orange zest (4 oranges)
  • 3 cups + 2 TBSP all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (rm. temp.)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks

Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Ganache:

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules

Preheat oven to 350 degrees ~Grease and flour 10″ bunt pan. Cream butter and sugar w/electric mixer 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time then add orange zest. Sift together, 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl combine: OJ, buttermilk and vanilla. Add flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to creamed butter mixture, begin and end with flour. Toss chocolate chunks with 2 TBSP of flour. Add to batter. Pour into pan. Bake 45min-1 hr. Let cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Make syrup: in small saucepan over low-med. heat, cook sugar with OJ until sugar dissolves. Remove cake from pan- spoon orange syrup. Allow to cool completely. Ganache: Melt chocolate, heavy cream and coffee in double boiler until warm and smooth. Stirring- Drizzle over top of cake.

* picture from: https://themoveablefeasts.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/orange-chocolate-chunk-cake/