By now I’m sure you’re thinking “What kind of crazy person makes 5 cakes in a week?” or “How does she possibly have this much time on her hands?” The truth is that I baked all of these on Sunday. I’m a super scheduler/list maker/goal setter. Because my job is flexible and I work from a home office, I need to set schedules for myself or I will just sleep and watch Teen Mom 2 all day long. I truly schedule every hour of my whole day. It usually looks something like this.
6am-7am Breakfast, read blogs, check Facebook and Twitter
7am-11am Work from home office
11am-12pm Workout (running or workout videos)
12pm-3pm Eat lunch, make stuff for blog
3pm walk dogs
4pm-6pm Write blog/Work from home office/make dinner
6pm-730pm Dinner/hang out with Hubs
730pm-930pm work from home office
930pm-11pm TV/Internet surfing/Bed
Some weeks I have to go out to see a lot of my clients at their stores/offices and do their payroll. These weeks my schedule is thrown out, so I have to plan my blogs in advance, hence, making 5 cakes on a Sunday. I also strategically planned this cake week for a time when I was going out to see a lot of clients so I could give them each some of the cakes!
I know I write about making time to do the things that make you happy. I’m not saying that every day is going to be full of daisies and sunshine if you just wish it to be, I’m just saying that if you make even a small effort to incorporate even one hour of enjoyment into your week, you’re going to be better off. My dad famously said, “Life’s a shit sandwich and every day is another bite” In a way I believe this. I’m constantly working at a boring, tedious job that doesn’t interest me, but I also am careful to make sure that this does not consume my entire identity. These cakes were fun for me to make, and were something that I wanted to do, so I intentionally set aside an entire day to make them. I’m happy having one day of fun even if the rest of the week is boring. Plus, The Hubs was happy because I was distracted all day so he could watch basketball and catch up on Justified. Its all copasetic over here in betsylife!
Sorry about the “shit” talk. Please enjoy this super decadent chocolate bundt!
Double Chocolate Bundt Cake recipe from Food and Wine
- Vegetable oil spray
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup strong-brewed coffee
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray. In a small saucepan, melt 2 ounces of the chopped chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Scrape the chocolate into a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in the oil and sugar until smooth, then whisk in the egg.
In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture along with 1/2 cup of the coffee and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk; whisk until smooth. Add the remaining dry ingredients, coffee and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the lower third of the oven for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let the cake cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out and let cool completely.
In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. In a heatproof bowl, combine the remaining 3 ounces of chopped chocolate with the corn syrup and butter. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let stand until melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let the ganache glaze cool until thick but still pourable, about 5 minutes.
Pour the ganache over the cooled cake.Let the cake stand until the glaze is set, at least 30 minutes, before serving.