Since our Move To Seattle anniversary cake we seem to have started a new Friday night dinner tradition in our house, which is cake. This past week I made Smitten Kitchen’s Everyday Chocolate Cake. It was so easy, just the mixer bowl, my underused kitchen scale and a cake pan, wha-la! I didn’t have a loaf pan so I used my angle food cake pan. It turned out great, like a big chocolate donut.
The week before this I made Best Birthday Cake, also from Smitten Kitchen. Well, I used a boxed yellow cake mix and made the icing. I used a mix because lately I’ve been noticing all these sites recreating yellow cake so that it tastes like the stuff they loved out of the box – Angry Chicken, and of course this Smitten Kitchen recipe. But, I had never had yellow cake from a box so I decided I needed to experience the real thing before moving on to making my own. (Also, it was easier.)
The chocolate icing from SK was so very easy, but a bit too both tangy and fudgy for my taste. I’ll make it again and add more sweetener (the recipe allows for that) and use a different chocolate. See? An excuse to make more cake.
The best thing about Cake Fridays? They inspire us to make more of a big deal out of dinner. We try new cocktails, use the nice dishes to eat outside on the deck, we sit and talk about our week and linger for longer than we would otherwise because there is cake to be eaten a bit later. It’s perfect. Having leftover cake for Saturday breakfast is a bonus.