Chocolate Cocoa Cinnamon Bundt #BundtBakers

I NEVER IN MY LIFE ARGUED WITH A PIECE OF CAKE OR A BOWL OF ICE CREAM.”  Ray Bradbury

Chocolate Cocoa Cinnamon Bundt | From My Sweet Heart

Cake and I get along very well.  (Though you’ll never see me picking a fight with a bowl of ice cream, either!)

And while I’m a fan of simple cakes, they must be exceptional in flavor and texture.  Take this chocolate bundt cake, for example.  It’s a delicious blend of cocoa and cinnamon.

A little sweetA little heat.  And unlike most dense bundts, this has a soft, light and airy texture.  And perfectly suited for a scoop of ice cream! [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake

SO HAND IN HAND THEY PASSED, THE LOVELIEST PAIR THAT EVER SINCE IN LOVE’S EMBRACES MET . . . . .” John Milton

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Chocolate and Strawberries.

One of the most perfect pairings in the world of sweets.  And if you want to be in love this Valentine’s Day, this cake will take you there!

Imagine fudge that is flecked with strawberries.  This cake is dense and rich and worthy as a decadent dessert for a special occasion.  It’s your favorite chocolate cake, mixed with smooth chocolate ganache.  But the star ingredient are beautiful, sweet strawberries! [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Almond Cake #BundtBakers

“IT WAS INEVITABLE:  THE SCENT OF BITTER ALMONDS ALWAYS REMINDED HIM OF THE FATE OF UNREQUITED LOVE.”  Gabriel García Márquez

Chocolate Covered Almond Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I promise you.  You will LOVE this cake.  And it will LOVE you back!

What’s not to love? A sweet, moist cake baked with ground almonds and a hint of extract.  And it is just bathed in a lush, chocolate amaretto ganache. 

And you?  You are so sweet and loveable just the way you are!  You are meant to be together!

Just like the Bundt Bakers.  There has been a little changing of the guard.  But I’m so happy that this group of bundt loving women remained together, too.  You know how it is.  Life gets busy and we all go off in all sorts of directions.  I’m ever grateful for Cake Duchess and Baker Street for starting this group.  Now I am so thankful to Stacy of Food Lust People Love for taking over the helm of the new Bundt Bakers.

And to celebrate our first challenge as a somewhat new group, we decided to go nuts! [Read more...]

Cocoa Brownie Cake

WINTER IS NOT A SEASON, IT’S AN OCCUPATION.”  Sinclair Lewis

Cocoa Brownie Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Is it me, or does everything feel like so much more of an effort in the winter?

Walking to the bus stop, hauling my recyclables out to the curb, stopping to put gas in the car . . . . . these 5 minute activities feel like 20 when it’s cold outside!  Just getting ready to go to work in the morning feels like an occupation.  The days of grabbing my purse and keys are gone for a while.  Now I have to consider my coat, boots, warm socks, hat, scarf, mittens and chapstick!

Do you feel like you are working double duty in the winter?  I do!  Especially on those days when I have to shovel my way out the door before I can get anywhere!

I take a bus and a train back and forth to my job.  It’s about an hour and a half commute one way.  I leave when it’s dark.  I get home when it’s dark.  And a warm cup of cocoa really hits the spot some nights.  And in the winter months, baking should not feel like another of my occupations!

This sweet, chewy cocoa brownie cake is just about effortless!  It’s made in one bowl.  You can eat it straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.  Or you can add a layer of chocolate ganache and top it with loads of whipped cream!  And perfect with a cup of cocoa! [Read more...]

Coffee Toffee Truffles

GIVING CHOCOLATE TO OTHERS IS AN INTIMATE FORM OF COMMUNICATION, A SHARING OF DEEP, DARK SECRETS.”  Milton Zelman

Coffee Toffee Truffles | From My Sweet Heart

Do you love giving food as gifts?  How about receiving?  Yes and yes for me, too!

Home made truffles always make a great edible gift.  They are not at all difficult to make.  You can package them easily.  And you can create so many flavor combinations with them.

These dark chocolate truffles have a semisweet chocolate base, are flavored with espresso, spiked with Kahlua and rolled in bits of crumbled English toffee. [Read more...]

Chocolate, Oatmeal & Pecan Scones

IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF BUTTER, USE CREAM.”  Julia Child

Chocolate, Oatmeal & Pecan Scones | From My Sweet Heart

I’m not afraid of butter or cream!  Which is a good thing since both ingredients are found in these light, chocolatey scones!

I belong to a group of bloggers who love to celebrate chocolate.  Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking is the founder of The Chocolate Party.  Once a month, Roxana gives us an ingredient to pair with chocolate and we get to do our thing with it.  This month’s ingredient was pecans!

I am a huge fan of scones.  I love them in all sizes, shapes and flavors.  They are such a sweet, crumbly treat.  These are made with chocolate, oatmeal and pecans.  And yes…..butter and cream!   Indulge yourself.  After all, you deserve it! [Read more...]

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops

IN EVERY REAL MAN A CHILD IS HIDDEN THAT WANTS TO PLAY.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Pudding Pops | From My Sweet Heart

Oh to be a kid again!

I never had the opportunity to travel in my childhood.  But summers still felt very carefree.  And it was the very simple, little things that brought the greatest pleasure.  Like running through the sprinkler in the backyard on a hot day, going to the county fair, or running frantically for my money when I heard the ice cream truck approaching the neighborhood!

Well those days of chasing down the ice cream man are over!  Not only do I enjoy making my own ice cream.  I’ve now ventured into making a variation on a home made ‘fudgesicle’.  These sweet and creamy frozen pops are made with milk chocolate and vanilla puddings.  It’s my contribution to the Improv Cooking Challenge this month.  Once a month, Kristen of The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker challenges us to put two ingredients together in any recipe of our choice.  This month, we were to combine chocolate and vanilla.  Two flavors near and dear to my heart!  And here’s my chilly spin on it all. [Read more...]

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu

“€œWHEN I’M DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN CAN YOU PICK ME UP?” Isak Strand

Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu | From My Sweet Heart

We can all use a little pick me up now and then. And so I think that tiramisu, in any form, was aptly named. This Frozen Chocolate Tiramisu is my ‘€˜pick-me-up’€™ contribution to The Chocolate Party; where this month we were asked to pair chocolate and coffee! . A light chocolate sponge cake is drenched in an espresso and Kahlua syrup and layered with coffee chip and stracciatella gelato.

The Chocolate Party was created by Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking. It’s a fun and fabulous party that anyone may join. Once a month Roxana pairs an ingredient with chocolate. And we all get to do our thing with it. This month I am happy to incorporate coffee, in the form of ice cream, into this recipe.   [Read more...]

Vintage Cakes: Black and White Cake

INTO THE DARKNESS THEY GO, THE WISE AND THE LOVELY.”  Edna St. Vincent Millay

Black & White Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I have just experienced chocolate in a way that I have never known.  There is a depth of flavor to this cake that is so sophisticated.  Yet it plunges you into a place of darkness that is so utterly reassuring.  You’ve been afraid to enter it before.  And now, all you can think about is returning to it again and again.  If I told you I’ve eaten chocolate cake before, well I’ve been mistaken.  One bite of this dark chocolate cake had me closing my eyes and whispering, this is it.  This is truly it. [Read more...]

Vintage Cakes: The Pink Cake

THE VERY PINK OF PERFECTION.”  Oliver Goldsmith

The Pink Cake |  From My Sweet Heart

May I just start off by telling you how much I LOVE pink desserts?!  So when Paloma of The Coffee Shop, and leader of The Cake Slice bakers told us that The Pink Cake was up next, I was delighted. It most definitely is….a very pink perfection!  The book we are baking from is Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson.  And this particular cake is an original of hers and one that is featured at her bakery, Baker & Spice.  Pink to me is such a shabby chic vintage color.  And so this recipe fits really well into this lovely book of retro cakes.

This is a rich, moist but light chocolate cake surrounded by a silky Swiss buttercream.  How does the buttercream get it’s beautiful pink color? [Read more...]