Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake

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Who knew? I took my mama’s Chocolate Sheath Cake recipe and switched the buttermilk up with sourdough starter and voilà  ~ it worked. Which leads me to believe just about any recipe that uses buttermilk can be interchanged with sourdough starter. Maybe not all recipes…but cakes and breads, etc.  (So far I’ve had wonderful success with my buttermilk biscuits and pancakes!)  And taste-wise, I couldn’t tell any difference. Sourdough Chocolate Sheath Cake is awesome!!!  This is great news for those of us who struggle over throwing away extra starter at every feeding! [Read more…]

Chocolate Buttercream Roses

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have become obsessed with making these roses.  Perhaps you saw my Raspberry Rose Meringue Cookies last week…Maybe I was meant to be a baker? I doubt it. Baking is not my forte..but I do LOVE making these roses….

Regardless, I’m just here to say….if you’re looking for a stunning Valentine’s dessert for the chocolate lover in your life…Chocolate Buttercream Rose Cake is it!  Who doesn’t associate roses with Valentine’s Day? And Chocolate? What more perfect dessert than this? And it’s mighty impressive, too, might I add!

I made this chocolate buttercream rose cake for my chocolate loving granddaughter’s 14th birthday a few weeks ago and thought what a perfect Valentine’s Cake for the chocolate lover.


That’s Joe, along with everyone else (you can’t see), singing Happy Birthday to her! I love her happy face….and it’s mostly because she asked for chocolate buttercream and I delivered,  in a most spectacular way! At least that’s what I like to tell myself…

…ok, maybe it’s because Joe is so adorable…I’ll agree with that.

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Anyway, she was happy and I was thrilled with how easy and perfect these roses turned out!

PLEASE don’t say you can’t. My mama used to say to me ‘Can’t never could”…and it stuck because I see very few things that I want to do, that I can’t do, once I make my mind up.

So remember this…if you want to do something, you have the ability inside to do whatever it is….yes, you do! Think of the NIKE ad…and JUST DO IT!

If you need a chocolate layer recipe you will love this one.  Now all you need is this wonderful chocolate buttercream roses recipe and you’re in business. Oh what? You still don’t think you can make the chocolate buttercream roses??? O, ye of little faith! Take a deep breath…..

First of all,  brush off any loose crumbs from the cake…then thinly frost it.   You must put a thin layer of frosting on the cake and between the layers. Not too thick. You just want a ‘crumb-coat’ that will make all the crumbs stay put when you decorate the cake.  Allow to dry a few minutes, then you may begin your roses.

(If you look closely you can see areas on my cake that don’t have roses on them and you can see the ‘crumb-coat’ is the same chocolate icing as the roses. If I hadn’t done that, you would see cake…oh me, that will never do. Of course, I could go back and fill in those places with a stroke of frosting or two…but since it all matched, I left it…)

To make a rose, make sure the icing is stiff enough to hold shape.  Use the largest star tip you have.  If you have not had much practice with a pastry bag, practice on a cookie sheet or wax paper first.

You want to squeeze and move at the same time to get the feel for how fast to move and how hard to squeeze. Kinda like patting your head and rubbing  your tummy at the same time…only easier…

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Start with the bottom row of roses.  Begin your swirl in the center of each rose and with a continuous action squeeze and move in a spiral/circle, at the same time. Do one whole row first. You will notice from the photo that the second row of roses starts between the bottom row of roses and so forth.

If you make a mistake, buttercream is very forgiving. Simply scrap it off and start over. If you mess up the whole cake, scrap it off and start again… 😉 just be careful not to scrap cake crumbs! But I have confidence…you won’t!

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Roses


  • 2 cups unsalted butter...yes, 4 sticks, softened...not melted
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 TBLS Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. You will need this whole recipe to cover a cake in roses.
  2. Place softened butter and vanilla in mixing bowl and beat on medium high for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Turn off the mixer and add cocoa and 1 cup powdered sugar to mixture. Slowly turn on mixer to incorporate sugar. Continue to add one cup powdered sugar at a time until all is incorporated. You want it stiff.
  4. Chocolate will look light but it will darken.
  5. Frost a thin 'crumb' layer all over and between layers of cake.
  6. Fill pastry bag with frosting using largest star tip you have.
  7. Then begin with the bottom row.
  8. Start in the middle of the rose and make a large dot them in a continuous motion swirl all around the 'rose' until it is the size you'd like.
  9. I made each rose as tall as one layer of cake.
  10. Try to keep them all somewhat uniform in size.
  11. Try to end each rose at the same place on the rose.
  12. Go all the way around making your first row of roses.
  13. On the second row, place your next row of roses, between the roses you just made.
  14. Do the same for the third row.
  15. For the top, begin on the outer edge and make a row all the way around the top, then move toward the middle making rows until you are in the center.
  16. You may go back and fill in with a little 'swish' if there are any bare places on the cake.
  17. It is very forgiving...if you make a mistake, scrap it off and start over. 🙂 It's just icing....
  18. Practice makes perfect.
  19. Enjoy!
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See, it was not hard at all….. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day! LOVE

Inspiration from Amanda at …Now, she’s a real baker~!!!

Chocolate Buttercream Roses would also be great on party cupcakes!… Just sayin’

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Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

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For years I made Miss Marie’s Chocolate Pound Cake and loved it. I still do. In fact, even when I make this Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake, she is always on my mind. She passed away 12 years go and I miss her.

I remember, many years ago, going into my daughter’s room to have “The Talk’ with her. She was in the 5th grade. I decided it was about time….boy, I dreaded it. This is important. I mustard up as much courage as I could and climbed the stairs to her room. [Read more…]

Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake

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This week we had two birthdays in our family and we’ll have another one on Monday! Hands down, this cake is everyone’s favorite birthday cake. Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake is hard to beat. Chocolate on Chocolate. A chocolate lovers dream!  I came across a recipe several years ago from David Lebovitz for Devil’s Food Cake and  not only was it delicious,  it was also, very easy to make. I made one and before the week was out I had made two.  That’s when I found out it was the perfect birthday cake. Everyone wanted one. Same thing the next year and now, this year, too.  So, let me share with you the most Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake,  ever!

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My latest, above,  baked for my daughter in love’s birthday this week….and her little helper, Emma.

Before we get started…go ahead and buy ingredients for two or more….you’ll be wanting another, after  you taste this one…

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This cake is so tender and moist and delectable. Even tho it is recommended to eat it the same day it is baked, I promise, it still tasted magnificent,  3 days later. If it lasts that long!

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One thing I highly recommend is that you use a good chocolate. I used Ghirardelli’s unsweetened powdered cocoa for the cake.

But for the ganache I used their 60% bittersweet chips. The advantage of using the chips over the bars is that it calls for 10 oz of chopped chocolate and the chips come in a 10 oz bag…or,  you need 2 and a half bars to add up to the 10 ozs.

This week I made one with the bars and one with the chips…both were perfect. You can even use half of one and half of another. Once I didn’t have enough of the good chocolate and added a Hershey unsweetened ounce square and it was still fine. Remember it calls for a semi or bittersweet chocolate NOT unsweetened. Lindt’s is very good, too. I’m limited in my area for finer chocolates,  but if you can get better where you live,  then by all means, do.

I goes without saying..Butter is better than Margarine….and real cream when you can.devils food cake jennifer

This is one I made several years ago….for my daughter’s birthday…. You’ll be so glad you made this…and so will everyone else…Enjoy!

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Sinfully Delicious Devil’s Food Cake

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 stick softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup strong coffee

10 ounces chopped bittersweet/semisweet chocolate bar or chips
1/2 cup cream
3/4 cup unsalted butter

Preheat oven 350* Grease 2 9″ cake pans and line with parchment.

CAKE: Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cocoa, and sift together into a bowl. In another bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Combine coffee and milk. Add milk mixture to sugar mixture alternately with flour mixture 1/3 at a time.
Bake in middle of oven 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Heat cream in medium sauce pan over med/low heat add chocolate to cream.Stir until melted. Remove from heat and add butter. Stir until butter is melted. Set aside and allow to cool about an hour or so.

Place first cake layer on cake plate and frost top. Add second cake layer on top of first and frost top. Frost sides. Serve with a generous amount of vanilla bean ice-cream.
Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves (optional). Enjoy!