|Chocolate Cake and Pinwheels!|
|She began the race in the dark. See the Capitol in the back? Purple was Team in Training's color.|
15,000 women half marathoners raced around D. C.. 2500 of them ran for Team in Training. They raised $6 million dollars for the cause of helping cure leukemia. I am again, so proud of her. And I thank all of you for listening to me through this journey. She received so many contributions. Some big, some small. But all counted. All mattered.All were so important. And to all of you I say thank you. Maybe her journey will inspire others. Maybe her contribution will help find a cure. I hope so. But more important to me is what it did for her.
|Zoe and the goodie bag!|
Before she knew it the race was over. After all that adrenalin I think she felt a bit of a let down. Now she has to figure out what's next. In the meantime though, she will be able to gaze down at the Tiffany necklace with a dog tag that includes the date of the race, hanging around her neck. (I'm told this is one reason why Nike races are so popular. Apparently everyone wants the little blue bag at the finish of the race!).
|The jersey and the necklace.|
|I really wanted you to notice the nails.|
She also bought a cute jersey and these shoes.
|After the race wearing THE SHOES!|
I decided to bake this chocolate cake in her honor. Actually it was a double duty cake. Since my daughter wasn't here to eat it as she lives in Philly, I really made it for a friend having a 60th birthday. That's a big one, just like running a half marathon, if you ask me. I chose this cake not only because it was chocolate but because you can make it without a mixer. It is easy and quick. It has a great chewy interior with a rich, decadent chocolate ganache frosting on top. The recipe claims it is an Alice Medrich cake but since I can't confirm this I will just assume it is. ( I cut this from somewhere and didn't save the source.)
Quick Chocolate Cake (Serves about 6-8)
1 c all purpose flour
1/4 c plus 2T cocoa (Not Dutch processed)
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t table salt
1 1/4 c light brown sugar
1/2 c warm melted butter (In microwave put in glass measuring cup or bowl and heat on power level 7 for about 1 minute to melt)
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c hot water
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9" cake pan or line with parchment.
Combine flour, cocoa, soda, and salt in small bowl. Mix well with fork to evenly distribute ingredients.
In larger bowl combine melted butter and sugar. Blend well with wooden spoon and add eggs and vanilla. Stir well again. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Now stir in hot water and beat well one more time. Using a spatula spread the somewhat thick batter into your cake pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Cake should be just starting to pull away from sides of pan. Let cool on wire rack. Then turn out onto serving plate. Frost.
Chocolate Ganache Frosting
6 oz bitter or semisweet chocolate chopped fine
3/4 c heavy cream
A drop of vanilla
Pour cream into glass measuring cup and heat in microwave until just boiling. This took me about 1 minute 10 seconds. (I let me cream come to room temperature while I was preparing the cake.) Add chocolate and whisk well until chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cake and spread well. This is the fun part!
Other fun things to try:
St. Germain Lemon Aid
Brown Sugar Spice Cake
Cupcakes for a Cure
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Martha Mervis's Coffee Cake
Hot Fudge Cake
Passover Mocha Nut Cake
|Great job, Zoe!|