Decadent Chocolate Cake

If you read about my weekend in the Dells then you know we had the most amazing chocolate cake! My dads one request for his birthday was chocolate cake with old fashioned frosting! What is it with guys and their obsession with their mom and grandmothers recipes! Scott always compares certain things I make to his Grandma’s cooking and it drives me nuts sometimes…. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE his grandma’s cooking…… ok done with that rant…. back to the main topic 🙂

Of course my dad doesn’t have his moms recipe so I set out on a pinterest hunt! I found a frosting recipe but then my mom sent me a recipe that she got from a coworker of a chocolate cake recipe and I decided to accept the challenge!

Decadent Chocolate Cake | Alex Runs For Food

I wish that I could take credit for this recipe…. but I can’t! I’m not sure exactly where she got the recipe or if she is the creator of the recipe all I know is it is to good not to share!!

WARNING: Lots of chocolate and LOTS of steps but so so worth it!!

Chocolate Cake

Vegetable-oil cooking spray
2 & 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 & 2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 large egg, room temperature
1 cup whole milk
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 & 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

 Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2- 9 inch cake pan, coat with cooking spray and line bottom with parchment paper.  Set aside.

 Stir flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, milk, oil, vanilla, and 1 cup water; mix on medium-low speed until smooth and combined, about 3 minutes.

 Divide batter evenly among prepared pans. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. Run a knife around sides of cakes; unmold. Cakes can be refrigerated, wrapped in plastic, up to 1 day. Editors Note: I cute my cakes in half so I ended up with 4 layers instead of just two!

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You know you have a good recipe when you’re licking the spoon and bowl clean!

 Chocolate Mousse Filling

Ingredients:

2/3  cups heavy cream
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP light corn syrup
2 TBSP Water
7 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Salt

 Directions:

Put 1 2/3 cups cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 3 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate 1 hour.

Put 4 egg yolks into the clean bowl of the mixer fitted with the clean whisk attachment; beat on high speed until pale and frothy, 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons water to a rolling boil in a small, heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook until clear, large bubbles form, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low. Carefully pour hot syrup down side of bowl. Raise speed to medium-high. Mix until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bittersweet chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt with a rubber spatula.

Add one-third of bittersweet-chocolate mixture to whipped cream; whisk to combine. Add remaining bittersweet-chocolate mixture, whisking until completely combined.  *You can substituting milk chocolate for the bittersweet.

Spread a layer of bittersweet-chocolate or milk chocolate mousse to the bottom tier.  Refrigerate until mousse is set, about 20 – 30 minutes.   Remove cake from refrigerator and add second tier.  Frost cake immediately.

 Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Ingredients:

1 pound good-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (chips will work too)
2 1/3 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup corn syrup

 Directions:

Place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Bring cream and corn syrup just to a simmer over medium-high heat; pour mixture over chocolate. Let stand, without stirring, until chocolate begins to melt.

Beginning near the center and working outward, stir melted chocolate into cream until mixture is combined and smooth (do not over stir).

Refrigerate, stirring every 5 minutes, until frosting just barely begins to hold its shape and is slightly lighter in color. To thicken the frosting, refrigerate for 1 hour more.  This can be made the night before. Editors Note: I do not recommend making the frosting the night before… I did this and it was very hard to frost my cake!

When frosting, frost sides first and leave the top of the cake unfrosted.  Pour the chocolate ganache on top.  Recipe below.

Chocolate Ganache (pour on top)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (preferably 70 percent cacao)  – Chips will work too
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened

 Directions:

Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour cream over chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Let stand for 2 minutes. Add butter, then whisk mixture until smooth. Let cool, stirring often. Use immediately.

Pour on top of cake and let it fall over the edge of cake.

 Decadent Chocolate Cake | Alex Runs For Food

I wish that my cake turned out as amazing looking as the above photo…. I got this photo from my moms coworker! Do to the fact that I made the frosting the night before my cake didn’t turn out pretty but it still tasted AMAZING!!!!!

And even though the frosting wasn’t my dad’s moms old fashioned frosting recipe he still LOVED the cake! My dad and Scott even had cake for breakfast one day last weekend!

I promise you will not be disappointed if you take the time to make this cake!

Do you know someone who compares all their food to their mom or grandma’s food?

Whats your favorite type of cake?

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Weekend In The Dells

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

My dad’s birthday was on Saturday so we decided to spend the weekend at the Wisconsin Dells. It was a fun and non traditional Easter weekend.

My mom, dad, Scott and I headed to the Dells at about noon on Friday. We had to make a pit stop at Super Target in Eau Claire, Wi! Mom needed some Target wine 🙂 Bummer of MN…. Target can’t sell alcohol. So we stocked up for the weekend in Eau Claire.

Our resort that we stayed at was the Christmas Mountain Village. It isn’t like your normal Wisconsin Dells resort…. no waterpark or crazy attraction. It is set up as a bunch of little cottages. Each cottage is split in half. The nice thing is we had a full kitchen so we could cook meals at home.

When we arrived Scott informed me that he had NO wearable jeans. Apparently the pair that I packed him was missing a button, whoops 🙂 And the pair he was wearing was his work jeans so the knees were huge holes. So…. our first adventure was hitting up the outlet mall. Once he got his jeans we headed to Moose Jaws for some pizza and beer.

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I tried the Raspberry Beer and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Slightly sweet!!

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We started our meal with onion rings!!!! My mom’s weakness 🙂

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And ordered Taco Pizza! I had never had a taco pizza with dorritos on it. Not going to lie I would have liked it better without the chips but it was still amazing!

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bahaha we got a kick out of their delivery cars!

After dinner mom and I poured ourselves a glass of wine and headed out for a quick walk.

When we got back we played one of my favorite card games….. Phase 10.

Phase 10

If you’ve never played you need to! It is very fun…. especially if you are playing with someone super competitive like my dad!

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This cake was HUGE and since mom, dad and I were starting our Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday we had to finish the cake over the weekend! We enjoyed our first piece Friday night and it was AMAZING! I can’t wait to share this recipe with you guys later this week.

Saturday we started our morning with a nice long walk. That ended with drinks.

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For our afternoon activity we went go carting!!!!

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There are tons of go cart places to choose from in the Dells.

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The cars weren’t super fast but we still had fun! It had been a long time since I’ve gone go carting.

After our adventure mom and I headed to the hot tub and dad and Scott went golfing. We finally had some nice spring weather so we enjoyed being outside and enjoyed the warmth. It was sunny enough that we actually got a little tan 🙂

Saturday night we had lasagna for my dad’s birthday!!! I have an amazing lasagna recipe, which I will share later this week! It is so easy to make and everyone loves it!

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Pre-baked photo!

Sunday it rained so we decided to go bowling to pass some of the afternoon. Our Sunday dinner was one of our best meals! You know you are going to get good food when the waitress brings out a meat cart to explain eat of the cuts!

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Our meal started with a garbage salad! It had romaine, croutons, black olives, bacon, banana peppers, bacon, shrimp, tomatoes, blue cheese and a parmesan dressing! So yummy!!

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Mom and I split the butter chicken entree and we ordered asparagus with hollandaise sauce and loaded mashed potatoes as the sides. You orders sides for the table to share!!

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The potato side was HUGE!!!!! An entire entree plate filled with potatoes, cheese, thick cut bacon, sour cream and scallions! The picture above only shows half the potatoes, we ate the other half before I took the picture!

I highly recommend going to Kaminski Bros Chop House if you are ever in the Dells!

It was a weekend full of yummy eats and family fun. Now we are on our Advocare 24 Day Challenge and eating clean healthy food! The challenge was much needed after this weekend of eats.

I promise I’ll share recipes this week!

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything special for Easter?

I’m linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday! The entire weekend was a treat 🙂 #treatyoselftuesday

Friday Favorites Oatmeal Edition!

Disclaimer: I received the product via Fit Approach. All thoughts and opinions about My Oatmeal are my own!

This week for my friday favorites post I thought I would share about my new love for Custom Oatmeal via My Oatmeal!

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I really love oatmeal so I jumped at the chance to make a couple custom blends of oatmeal!

Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal Blend

I made Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal for Scott! He is obsessed with banana cream pie, every year for his birthday I make him one!

I tested out the Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal in a smoothie…. it was my first time putting oatmeal into a smoothie and it was so delicious!

Banana Cream Smoothie via alexrunsforfood

Banana Cream Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/4 c Banana Cream Oatmeal Mixture

1/2 c greek yogurt

6 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions:

Simply blend together and ENJOY!!

For my Banana Cream Oatmeal blend I chose 5 grain rolled oats and flax, banana cream pie flavor and for the sweetener I chose brown cane sugar. This blend tastes just like banana cream pie and it is super delicious! I highly recommend it!

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For myself I made a Snickerdoodle blend! I used this blend to make some yummy oatmeal cookies!

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal Cookies via alexrunsforfood

For this recipe I used a classic oatmeal cookie recipe. I replaced the old fashioned oats with my snicker doodle blend and I replaced the butter with apple sauce. The cookies turned out delicious.

For my snickerdoodle oatmeal blend I mixed 5 grain rolled oats and flax, snickerdoodle flavor, hemp seeds and monk fruit (0 cal sweetener).

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I also opted to get a bag of the mystery blend oatmeal! They offer the mystery blend at a reduced price so I couldn’t turn down a good deal 🙂

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I was not disappointed with my purchase at My Oatmeal!!! I highly recommend that everyone tries their oatmeal!

I’m linking up with Katie for Friday Favorites!

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Whats your favorite way to eat oatmeal? 

What would you put into your custom oats?

Homemade Seasoned Almonds

Since I started my Advocare 24 Day Challenge ( #24DC ) this week I have been eating a TON of homemade things. One of my favorite snacks is almonds.

Tuesday before heading to work I decided to whip together some yummy almonds to bring to work as a snack 🙂

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These were super easy and quick to make!

roastedalmonds

I am a garlic LOVER, if you aren’t you can leave it out. Almonds are so versatile you can put any seasoning on them! Next time for a spicier mix I might do garlic, onion powder, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper! YUMMY!!!

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Instead of buying those pre seasoned almonds try making your own! It really is easier and healthier! No oil needed 🙂

Have you ever made your own roasted almonds?

Obsessed With Cooked Carrots!

Before I get to the main reason for this post…. a little about this week 🙂

Tuesday was a very exciting day because:

 1. I saw a C-Section during my labor and delivery clinical

and

 2. It was my LAST clinical of nursing school!!!!!

Today I got to experience a really cool simulation at the St. Paul Campus. They have a mannequin that can simulate birth. The mom mannequin actually breathes, have a heart rate, pulse the works! And we actually watched the mom mannequin give birth to a baby mannequin. The baby mannequin cries, turns blue, has a heart rate, lung sounds (crackles), grunts and much more! So very cool!!! I’m so happy I got to experience this simulation. The nurse midwife that did the sim with us was so knowledgable. It was only me and one other student so we really had a personalized experience. I learned so much!

Lastly, before I get to the topic of carrots I have to share about my crazy pup Maisy!!

We got a bunch of snow in the last couple days and Maisy is LOVING it.

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She literally buries her head in the snow!

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She really loves when I kick the snow in the air. She goes crazy and runs around like a maniac.

Now….. for the main topic…. CARROTS

Do any of you have an insane love for a certain veggie? Mine is carrots. I can eat them all the time. Raw or cooked I love them!

Tonight I cooked a pork tenderloin, roasted potatoes and roasted carrots.

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I personally think the best part of the meal was the carrots!

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(Sorry for bad photos, I promise I will start using my good camera instead of my phone)

Spiced Cooked Carrots

Ingredients:

3 cups Carrots

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tbsp honey

Directions:

Put all of the above ingredients into a shallow baking dish. Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes! Cook longer if you don’t like your veggies still with a bite.

I hope you all try this recipe if you like cooked carrots!

What veggie are you obsessed with?

Anyone else have a crazy dog that loves snow?

Hanging With Samantha

I’m up at my Aunt’s house hanging out with Samantha. Her usual day care lady has been on vacation so I’m helping out when I can.

Last week we went to the zoo for a day and that was super fun. This week I’ve been hanging out with Samantha for the past couple days, thursday and friday.

Thursday we got up and Samantha helped me make breakfast. She loves turkey bacon so I let her make that and I made some scrambled eggs for myself.

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I made the scrambled eggs with three cheese egg beaters. I had never had them before but they were good!!

After breakfast we headed to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make the yummy chia peanut butter power bars.

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They are so easy to make and I knew my Aunt would love them.

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Here is the recipe from Katie’s blog.

Ingredients 
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 T chia seeds
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions
Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Fold well until all the oats are soaked in nut butter and maple syrup.
Pour into a dish.
I used a 9×9 pan, the smaller the pan, the thicker the bars will be.
Chill in fridge until firm enough to slice.
Slice into squares and wrap in plastic wrap.

I also added craisins to the bars. They turned out so good. I brought them along for Ragnar also. Everyone in the van loved the bars. They are a great snack and anergy booster.

After making the bars we headed outside to swim in the pool for a while before lunch. The rest of the afternoon we hung out inside. It was a hot one outside.

Once Vicki got home we headed out for a quick run. When we got home it was time to make some homemade pizza!!!!! I love the trader joe’s pizza crust and pizza sauce so I stopped there before heading to Vicki and Bills house. I made a boring half cheese half sausage/green olive pizza for Samantha and Bill. Vicki and I made ourself a delicious pizza filled with onion, peppers, sausage, green olives, banana peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. It was so good!!! Everyone loves the pizza.

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After pizza, I got my hair dyed and then we headed to bed.

Today Samantha and I are just hanging out and relaxing.

The half marathon is tomorrow morning and I am definitely nervous. I’m not as ready as I would like to be. My goal is just to finish.

After the half marathon Scott, my parent’s and I are heading to Scott’s mom’s cabin for the weekend. I’m excited…. no updates until monday though. No internet there 🙂

What kind of pizza do you like to make??