If there was a bright side to hurting my foot and not being able to travel to Seattle this week, it was being able to spend my dad’s birthday with him yesterday.
63 years young with trick candles in his cake. A delicious cake too. More on that in a little bit but first let’s back up since it’s what I ate Wednesday and the last one in this month’s love your veggie theme.
Breakfast was inspired by this girl. She always has these amazing waffle stacks that leave me drooling even after I’ve just eaten breakfast. Nothing fancy, just really pretty presentation. And since pretty food tastes better, I decided to go that route with breakfast. Blueberry waffles with a chia/yogurt mixture in between and topped with strawberries, almonds and coconut.
Lunch was just a quick egg scramble with lots of veggies on a pita bread since I had a leftover egg white after the cake we’re about to talk about (huge pet peeve of baking…I hate separating eggs!). It should be noted that there was no mid afternoon “oh my God, I need chocolate or something sweet” snack because I was saving up. Big time.
Dinner was on mom. BBQ chicken thighs, broccoli rabe, roasted baby artichokes (so good!) and a Trader Joe’s grain mix.
And then the time came…
This isn’t my recipe but I knew it would be delicious from the start. I mean her cookbook dropped yesterday. Girl knows her ish if she’s got a cookbook, right? I followed the recipe exactly except I left out 1/2 a cup of sugar. My hands just physically wouldn’t let me pour in 2 1/4 cups of white sugar and I’ve never met a bundt or pound cake recipe that can’t withstand a little less of the white stuff. It still tasted delicious, you’d never know it was missing.
I took a little more leniency in the frosting department since I didn’t have many of the ingredients on hand.
Here’s what I ended up whisking together:
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
-1 tablespoon butter
-1/4 cup powdered sugar
-2 tablespoons cream cheese
-brewed coffee until I got it to a “pourable” consistency (there’s coffee in the cake too)
Bam. Tell me you don’t want to lick that off the screen.
Ulysses left half of his piece on the plate since chocolate isn’t really his thing and it made me twitch a little. Wasted food always bugs me, but wasted chocolate? Sacrilegious.
Luckily the cake stayed at my parents’ house. There’s no way I could be trusted alone in the house all day with it steps away.
As far as family birthdays go, I’m next in line. Would it be weird to bake myself this cake? Because I’m seriously thinking about it.