aderam: (Reality)
I don't remember what made me think of it, but a week or two ago I decided that I really wanted to make some Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake. (If you get the reference I will love you forever.)

This is from my favourite kids book ever - Sleeping Dragons All Around by Sheree Fitch. I made my Mum read that to me pretty much every night before I went to sleep (and she still likes it too!). So I went asking my friend the internet for a recipe - I figured there had to be one out there. How could you go wrong with Mocha, Maple and Chocolate?

Anyway, the closest thing I could find was for Mocha Maple Carob Cake and as you might expect it had loads of other health-nut type things in it. I decided to try and make it anyway - I used cocoa powder instead of carob powder and used more all-purpose flour in place of the whole wheat flour. And for the icing I decided to just use some off brand Nutella instead of dealing with the cocoa powder and almond butter and adding the other things to it.

Things I noticed when I was making it:
- You don't have to worry over much about creaming the butter and maple syrup together if you use a cup of hot coffee (and it doesn't say to use cold coffee) because the coffee melts the butter.
- It's possible I put in too much cocoa powder - either that or not enough Maple syrup and coffee. It's hard to taste the latter. Also it's not very sweet (I suspect this is another product of the health-nut type of cake).
- I really do suck at making icing. It should be easy - I follow instructions even. But this is not the first nor the last time I've screwed it up to the point where I think I might not bother using it.
First Corollary: When she said "powdered coffee" in the icing recipe I don't think she meant coffee grinds - my bad.

Whatever - it's still a success if only because I danced in the kitchen and didn't do the dishes!

Things that were on my to do list and are no longer:
- Finish reading my book
- Bake Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake
- Dance in Kitchen
- Don't do the dishes
- Dinner with Dad
- Care-package for L

In other words I've done the fun things... typical me. But now I'm heading off to post the package for L and do my taxes - so I'm not completely hopeless.

Tonight - Game 6 Chicago @ Vancouver. C assures me that we've got it all wrapped up - no problem. It worked last time, so I'm feeling good (oh god that's a lie - I am stressed! Stressed about hockey!) about a win. GO 'NUCKS!

Date: 2010-05-11 06:18 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] craven
craven: (stargate)
Maple cocoa and mocha are a great combo. That cake sounds wonderous. I made these cookies http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/heartbreak-healers-recipe/index.html and they are so good. And have cocoa, maple syrup and espresso.

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Date: 2012-07-05 09:11 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I totally got the reference----that's actually why I found your sight in the first place. I love the book too and was trying to decide what kind of cake to make for my son's birthday when I thought maybe there is a recipe for Mocha, Maple chocolate cake. So tip toe, tip toe softly as I go.

Date: 2017-06-15 02:45 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Yes! I was looking for a recipe to make for preschoolers. I read this book as a child and now I read it to them.

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