Baby Calf Cuteness....and Chocolate Cake!

After mom and I got home, I went to get raw goat milk from a friend that has the most delicious milk - I usually go once a week, and this week she had a new little addition to her farm.....
My heart totally melted and I just had to get in the field and give it a little love - I just HAD to!! Look at that pink nose!! Boy, did I want to take that girl home with me! Eeeeeeek! The cuteness!!

6pm PDT
This morning, I made the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever made!! Chocolate on chocolate, all made from scratch and absolutely heavenly!! I still had my camera all packed up from the trip, but here is the recipe - it is a three layer round cake recipe and is the best cake I have ever made!

Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Cup 4 Cup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup very strong brewed, piping hot coffee

  • Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ F. Prepare three  9-inch cake pans by buttering.
  • Add Cup 4 Cup, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir through mixture until combined well.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to dry mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add piping hot coffee to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  • Distribute cake batter evenly between the three prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes, remove from the pan and then add icing. 

  • Christian never eats all the icing from the outer side of the cake, but this icing was so much THE BOMB that he actually complimented how awesome it was! I didn't really measure out my ingredients, just knew I wanted a ganache-y, fudgy, smooth icing. This is what I used and the approximate amount of ingredients:

    1 stick butter
    8 Tb cream cheese
    1/4 C honey
    3 tsp vanilla extract
    3/4 C unsweetened cocoa
    2 cups confectioners sugar
    1/3 C milk

    In a med saucepan, on low heat, soften butter and cream cheese to a very soft melty consistency and then add the honey and then vanilla and cocoa powder. Remove from heat and use mixer on high for about a minute.
    Add the confectioners sugar and milk and mix on high for a minute or until really smooth.
    Slather between the layers and then on top. Deeeeelish!

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