so good chocolate cake


This chocolate cake is perfect! It’s definitely very chocolate-y but not too sweet, and literally takes just a few minutes to make.  It’s quite moist too- must be because of the added coffee.  So good!

What you need:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour an 8 inch cake pan (I used a bundt pan lightly coated with cooking spray).

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.  Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee. Now beat just until incorporated.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

Suggestions for frosting: chocolate or coffee icing. I like it sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar.

Recipe adapted from: allrecipes (J. Miller)



blueberry oatmeal cookies


Blueberries are my favourite fruit and I will drop them in a recipe whenever I can. Today they made their way into this oatmeal cookie recipe. I’m trying to keep things on the lighter side this summer so instead of butter I substituted with mashed banana. They baked up great and delicious.

What you need:

1/2 cup ripened mashed banana
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup fresh blueberries

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

In a bowl mix well, mashed banana and brown sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Gradually add to the banana mixture. Stir in blueberries.

Drop batter by the tablespoonfuls, about 2 inches apart, onto prepared sheets.  Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 34 cookies.