Another week, another missions to be accomplished, another wait for the next weekend and life goes on. I am the kind who doesn’t like to be at home on the weekends, so I keep on searching for the new places to visit. One of our cousins told us about this garden and we made a plan with them to go there. The visit was truly worthwhile with the weather being so awesome. We spent an entire day there and kids had a real good time.
The park had a small patch of tulips in lots of colors. There were water bodies through out the park with lots of fishes and ducks. I saw the cherry blossom first time ever in my life. It was magical. I just felt like sitting there forever and absorb all the beauty that nature unfolds. If you guys are near La, you must plan a visit to Descanso garden. It’s worth the 8 dollar ticket.
Last weekend, I made a doll cake for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. I want to share the pic with you guys. It was my first attempt at making a doll cake, and it came out decent enough.
The Coco Cola and Chocolate Cake was inspired from http://mayflaum.com. I have been wanting to make this for a long time. The recipe is very easy and can be done in a jiffy. Coca Cola is a very unusual ingredient to be used in recipes, but in this dessert, it creates a perfect foil for chocolate, and adds much depth of flavor.
I like to eat mine warm with a dollop of ice cream. This is probably the moistest cake I have ever made. It just took me 5 minutes from start to putting the cake in the oven.
Coco Cola and Chocolate Cake
- All purpose flour-2 cups
- Sugar-2 cups
- Baking soda-1 tsp
- Baking powder-1/2 tsp
- Cocoa powder-1/4 cup
- Salt-1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon powder-1/2 tsp
- Eggs -2
- Butter-1 cup
- Coco cola-1cup
- Butter milk-1/2 cup (I didn't had buttermilk so I made mine by adding ½ tsp of lemon juice to ½ cup of warm milk and let it rest for 5 minutes )
- Vanilla extract- 1tsp
- For the Glaze
- Butter-1/2 cup
- Cocoa powder-1/4 cup
- Coco cola-1/2 cup
- Confectioner's sugar-4 cups
- Walnuts-1/2 cup ( chopped )
- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease and flour a 8'square pan
- Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt in a bowl
- In a pan ,heat butter, coco cola, cocoa powder and buttermilk, until it starts boiling
- Add this mixture to the dry ingredients
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix
- Pour the batter in the baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, till a toothpick comes out clean
- For the glaze
- Heat all the ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil
- Remove from heat
- Pour over the warm cake and let it set for an hour