sweet memories & an equally sweet giveaway! February 9, 2010

On a recent weekend away to the mountains of North Georgia – a trip celebrating friends and some birthdays – the weather gave us every reason to stay in, cook and do mostly nothing. Forced relaxation is sometimes necessary, you know? The dusting of snow was picturesque as we went into town to the local gourmet shops for provisions for our weekend. Locally raised steaks, Logan Turnpike cornmeal pancake mix, a mostly-successful gnocchi recipe and some vino. It was all very delicious. However, for me, the star of the show was this cake. Go ahead and say thanks to Krissy for the recipe – I sure did.

I love recipes like this: I've called them the "mom-n-em" recipes. Passed down a generation or two, they sometimes have thorough instructions. More often than not, it's a list of ingredients with some loose guidelines. This cake is possibly the best chocolate cake I've ever had – high praise from someone who really isn't a chocolate eater. It also made the member of the group that doesn't eat cake quietly swoon. There's nothing particularly fancy – it's a chocolate sheet cake. However, it's the crunch between the frosting and the cake that's the kicker – a tiny bit of tooth in between two decadent layers. Imagine bits of Whatchamacalit candy bar crunch wedged between moist cake and creamy frosting. 

Cake1 This is also the first recipe I've jotted down in what is my new current obsession – the Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal. It's chic, compact and concise. Everything that you expect a Moleskine to be…but food focused. I am giving one of these puppies away to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the question – "What is your favorite cake?". One winner will be chosen randomly at 12 pm EST on Saturday, February 13th. Please make sure you leave your name & contact info in your comment so I can let you know if you won!

A winner was chosen at noon using Random.org. Congrats to comment #5 – Beth from BakingTherapy! Thanks to all who left comments – I'm having a blast looking through them all and seeing some new recipes. :)

Nana's Chocolate Sheet Cake

For the Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Fudge Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-5 Tbsp milk

– For The Cake: Combine the sugar, flour and salt; set aside. Over medium heat; bring the butter, water and cocoa to a boil and pour over the flour mixture. With a wooden spoon mix in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour into a greased jellyroll pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes (or until cake tests done.) Make sure you prepare the glaze during the last few minutes of baking so you can pour the glaze over the cake while it is hot!

– For the glaze, combine all the ingredients except for the vanilla over medium heat and bring to a boil. Count to about 80-100, take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla until thickened. Pour over the hot cake and let set until glossy and hard. Allow the cake to cool COMPLETELY before you frost – this is key. Top with buttercream frosting after it is cool.

– For the Frosting: Cream butter. Mix cocoa and powdered sugar together. Add to creamed butter and add vanilla. Gradually add your milk one tablespoon at a time until frosting is at desired consistency – it may take an extra tablespoon depending on how you like your frosting.


Maria Feb 9, 2010 12:02 pm

Chocolate cake, a fudge glaze, and frosting. My oh my! This looks like a winner indeed!
We love this coconut lime cake:

Dacia Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

Oh, that recipe journal looks so neat! I may have to get my mom one for Mother’s Day.
My favorite cake is the one my mother made me for my last birthday: A chocolate cake with fleur de sel caramel filling: http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2008/09/chocolate_cake_with_fleur_de_sel_caramel_filling

Brittany Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

I absolutely love jello cake, no matter how bad it sounds. It’s summery and moist, and amazing.

Wendy Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

I love a classic red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. Though I have done cupcakes more than cakes the last couple years, always have it for my birthday. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

Beth Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

That chocolate cake looks crazy delicious. I mean CRAZY. Just hit me at the 4pm “need a snack” hour and I need to make it! Now!
Love the moleskin journal and would love to win. My favorite cake right now is a chocolate stout cake. It’s a no-fail recipe and looks so pretty in a bundt. http://mybakingtherapy.blogspot.com/2009/10/bring-on-beer.html

Amy F. Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

Orange wedding cake is my favorite kind! On our wedding anniversary every year, my husband and I order a small cake from the local bakery that made our wedding cake. You can contact me here…

WhiskAwayNic Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

White chocolate lemon cake, with lemon curd between the layers. It’s an old Cake Mix Doctor recipe, but I’ve been making it long enough to call my own, and even got them to make my ‘special recipe’ for our wedding cake!

Barbara Harris Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

I’ve been looking everywhere for those journals. I think I’ll have to order one online.
If I had to choose one cake only it would be chocolate cake.

Jen Blehm Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

Um, you’re giving me serious handwriting envy! I’d say my fave is Carrot Cake, with your modest version being an outstanding example (yes, I’m kissing up a bit!)

JustinDurstJr Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

Favorite cake = chocolate, chocolate, home-made and dense.

Katie Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

Picking one favorite cake feels like cheating, so my two favorite cakes are flourless chocolate and Texas sheet cake- pretty similar to this one. Mmmm cake. Glad your weekend was relaxing and awesome!

Emily R Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

I have a thing for caramel cake right now and just saw a recipe on Twitter I want to try.

Cassie Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

I made a dedcadent chocolate cake w/ ganache & an orange lace over the hols using a random recipe from Homes & Gardens…it was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever tasted, and I’m no baking whiz (send cooking recipes my way, though!)

Isabel Feb 9, 2010 01:02 pm

This chocolate cake has to be great, I’ll have to try it out!
As for my favourite cake, that’s probably the chocolate marble cake with a bit of orange juice added – just wonderful, and it always vanishes way too quickly!

Julia Corrigan Feb 9, 2010 02:02 pm

My absolute favorite is Napoleon. And not the version most people in US accustom to. It starts with the puffed-up cake layers that absorb the custard-cream and become one scrumptious piece of goodness. It’s been more than ten years since I’ve had it though. The recipe I have is not very detailed… my goal for this year is to test several prep methods and have a good written recipe.

The Teacher Cooks Feb 9, 2010 02:02 pm

That cake really looks yummy! I do love the moleskin recipe journal. Beautiful! My favorite cake is a flourless chocolate cake.

Margaret Sisler Feb 9, 2010 02:02 pm

My favorite cake is from my childhood — a plain old chocolate sheet cake with a peanut butter frosting that is more like peanut butter fudge than frosting. mmmMMMmmmm good!

blair Feb 9, 2010 02:02 pm

Oh my, those moleskins are beautiful!
I love a chocolate mint cake with mint frosting, frozen! This is a comfort food for me~

Jennifer Feb 9, 2010 02:02 pm

That cake looks awesomely delicious & you have really pretty handwriting! If only I could write so well.. and on unlined paper no less.. :P

MNStacey Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

Strawberry shortcake! Does that count?

Rena Gray Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

That looks delicious! I’m not a huge chocolate person but it looks yum. My favorite cake is now coconut cake. I just made it for the first time a few months ago and fell in love!

Megumi Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

mmm… favorite cake would have to be triple lemon layer cake… delicious fluffy white cake layered with dalops of sweet tangy lemon curd. yum!!

Elizabeth Pizzinato Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

Yummy! and that journal looks amazing.
I have to admit that I like “mangiacake” cake (in case you don’t know what this is, read the first definition in this link! http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mangiacake). Which in my case means the old-fashioned cake you’d get at Kresge’s (which later became KMart). My Italian parents just didn’t understand…
My grown up favourite has lots of whipped cream, lemon and white cake, like this Lemon Layer Cake with lemon Curd and Marscapone. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lemon-Layer-Cake-with-Lemon-Curd-and-Mascarpone-107898
You can find me here if by chance I win… :-)

Vicki Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

White chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Darnit, now I want some…

Tina Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

Definitely trying this recipe-looks delicious! As for my favorite cake, I’d have to go with German Chocolate (followed closely by Red Velvet & Carrot w/ Cream Cheese Frosting).

Lynn Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing is my favorite. I will try yours – it looks yummy.
My sister makes a Texas chocolate sheet cake similar to yours with pecans in the icing and a little cinnamon in the cake.

ant Feb 9, 2010 03:02 pm

peppermint stick ice cream brownie cake! with condensed milk/chocolate frosting. i make it and it is fabulous!!

Jason Riedy Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

Wow. I would have assumed those pages were printed.
Favorite cake? Oh, that’s difficult. My favorite *pie* is real, properly made Key Lime Pie. But cake? Hm. Angel food cake is difficult to beat during strawberry season. A rich chocolate fudge cake accompanies a fireplace perfectly. Pound cake with lemon curd announces spring. Ginger cake feels like fall to me. It all depends.

Devona Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

My favorite would have to be coconut cake, but it has to be made right. I really like the one from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook.

Rebecca Martin Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

I (apparently like one of your vacation companions) am not generally a cake person. But a really good chocolate cake with more-than-your-average-sugary-icing will get me *most* times . . . So I am very excited about trying this recipe. And I love the sound of that recipe journal! (P.S. Is that your handwriting in the picture?? It’s amazing.)

Emily Trimble Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

My favorite cake has always been Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! Delish! However, I am going to have to try out this chocolate sheet cake, looks amazing.

Shawnas Kitchen Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

OOO wow that looks good! My favorite cake is tres leches cake. Yum!

Sarka Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

I didn’t used to like chocolate cakes at all, but I’ve gradually taken a liking to them. This one looks tempting. My favourite cake is punch cake. I love its moist texture! ;)

Caitlin Feb 9, 2010 04:02 pm

It switches between carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with malted chocolate frosting. Always one layer, because anything more gets overwhelming!

Ryan Reichert Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

Oh my god. I love those new journals. Can’t wait to get my wine one!
Favorite cake.. hm Definitely going to have to lean towards carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Good any time!

Audra @ Filmography Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

The cake looks yummy – fudgy and more cake than frosting. My favorite cake is a toss up between a really good carrot with cream cheese frosting or an excellent chocolate cake with vanilla icing. *yum*

AngelaR Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

My favorite is molton lava chocolate cake.

Carly Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

i am in love with carrot cake with cream cheese and some pecans! oooooo yeah! i could go for some right now!

Maura Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is my favorite!

Scorpio Woman Feb 9, 2010 05:02 pm

It’s hard to chose only one but probably carrot cake.

The Frugal Hostess Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

Coconut Cake ftw!!!

Lynn @Mama_Says Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

Nut Torte Cake: My mom made it when she was dating my father, the recipe is from my grandmother and is a family favorite made for most birthdays and special events.

Hannah Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

i’ve wanted one of those moleskins for ages! my favorite cake is one my friend makes called “old fashion chocolate cake”. it’s just a really thin yellow cake with cooked chocolate frosting. so so delicious.

Terri Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

My favorite would have to be chocolate with chocolate frosting (and a tall glass of ice cold milk.)

Jaya K Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, definitely!

Britney Feb 9, 2010 06:02 pm

a simple, slightly sugar crusted pound cake. yum!

shutterboo Feb 9, 2010 07:02 pm

Mom’s triple decker carrot cake with pecan cream cheese icing. And tall glass of cold milk.

Brittany Feb 9, 2010 07:02 pm

Oh, that’s easy! The Vegan Chocolate Death Cake at The Grit in Athens. So incredible, I even had it as my wedding cake!

Monster Librarian Feb 9, 2010 07:02 pm

The picture is AMAZING!!
My favorite cake is my Mom’s “Texas sheet cake,” which is a chocolate cake with a powdered sugar, chocolate, ground walnut icing; it’s amazing!! I have never figured out why it’s called a Texas sheet cake though…?
Happy contesting!

Sarah Feb 9, 2010 07:02 pm

This looks amazing! My favorite cake is Chocolate-Banana Cake – growing up, I had my choice of cakes for my birthday, and I inevitably had my mom make this – the banana makes it extremely moist, and the icing is AMAZING!

Carla Feb 9, 2010 07:02 pm

my favourite cake is my Grandmother’s chocolate cake.

Sean Feb 9, 2010 08:02 pm

Count me out for the giveaway T but wow – that handwriting is f-ing immaculate.
I’m about to make a separate bookmark just for RWT. Too, many, saved, recipes!

Joan Feb 9, 2010 08:02 pm

Pineapple upside down cake is my favorite.

Palila Feb 9, 2010 09:02 pm

Was: Strawberry cake with lemon icing.
Now: Betty Crocker’s GF chocolate cake, with strong coffee instead of water in the mix, and mocha icing. I just haven’t found a gluten free strawberry cake recipe that excites me yet. Still experimenting, though!

Margaret Feb 9, 2010 10:02 pm

Definitely red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. My mom’s made it every year for my birthday thus far…:-)

Sarah Feb 9, 2010 10:02 pm

My fave is a deep, dark, molten chocolate cake with raspberries. The layer of crisp glaze looks fascinating!

Tracy C. Feb 9, 2010 10:02 pm

I recently made an Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake with a Chocolate Ganache that was absolutely, positively heavenly and is now my favorite.

Mélanie Feb 9, 2010 10:02 pm

Oh, this Moleskine book looks very practical. i’d love this!!
My favorite cake is a strawberry feuilleté. It’s 2 layers of a caramelized puff pastry, whipped cream and strawberries. Simple and delicious!

dining room table Feb 10, 2010 12:02 am

This is a winner indeed! I like it so much! Thumbs up with this! Nice giveaway.

Dona Feb 10, 2010 04:02 am

Chocolate cake with fluffy white frosting! So pretty and so yummy.

Jenn Feb 10, 2010 04:02 am

My favorite cake, hands down, is red velvet cupcakes! I love them!!!! (And I’d love to win!)

Dena Feb 10, 2010 04:02 am

This recipe looks wonderful. I love the fudge glaze layer.
My favorite cake is red velvet, of course. Sometimes though I find a German Chocolate to be a close 2nd.

carmen Feb 10, 2010 05:02 am

I can’t wait to try this cake!! :)

Sarah Staggs Feb 10, 2010 05:02 am

My favorite cake is lemon chiffon cake with a tart lemon glaze.

Clara Feb 10, 2010 06:02 am

My favourit cake is my special apple cake with raisins and almonds and cinnamon. So delicious with the right kind of apples!

Susanne Feb 10, 2010 06:02 am

This is such a great idea, just another reason to love Moleskine! I’ve been looking for a great way to put down all my recipes and have always been afraid I’d lose all the separate recipe cards! :P
My favorite cake is lemon cake with lemon cream cheese icing… omm nom nom!… there’s a bakery here in Atlanta that makes the BEST! :) Love your posts!

SarahD Feb 10, 2010 06:02 am

Chocolate Coca-Cola cake! The grainy icing makes it so good.

Leah F Feb 10, 2010 07:02 am

My favorite cake is one that my dad makes. It is a banana nut cake with caramel frosting. YUM!

Diane ( Crafty Passions) Feb 10, 2010 07:02 am

I have 2 favorite cakes, Mom use to make a really fantastic spice cake with mile high sea foam frosting and I love angel cake with whipped cream frosting yummmmo !!

Stephanie Feb 10, 2010 08:02 am

Hands down Coconut layer cake is my favorite! I’ll eat any coconut cake but it’s only PERFECT when my grandmother makes it!!! I’m sure the recipe would love to live in this beautiful book! Fingers crossed :-)

Sarah Carter Feb 10, 2010 08:02 am

I couldn’t possibly just choose one favorite cake, so I’ll name two that I love: any dark, rich (not overly-sweet) chocolate cake with ganache, and coconut cake (preferably with coconut-cream cheese frosting, a la ina garten).

Nancy Thomson Feb 10, 2010 08:02 am

The cake looks amazing – I love chocolate cake but my all time favorite that my mother used to make is Pineapple Delight. Yum.

Jessica Feb 10, 2010 09:02 am

Just found your blog by way of Media Bistro and can’t wait to read more!
My favorite cake is my grandmother Seabelle’s cheesecake. It’s unbelievably creamy and will ruin all other cheesecakes for you. They just can’t compare. She passed away three weeks ago and the first thing I did was run out and grab the ingredients to make her cheesecake. It was both cathartic and delicious.

Jessica Feb 10, 2010 09:02 am

Popular giveaway! I’m going to list my mom’s favorite, Italia Cream Cake, just because I love making it for her. Also, I like anything with cream cheese icing :-)

Jinxy Feb 10, 2010 09:02 am

my favorite cake is one I’ll never have again I’m afraid.
Long ago and far away a man I was seeing made me his Mother’s Red Velvet cake. It was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. He however was not the best man I ever dated and therefore no more Red Velvet magic.

Debra Feb 10, 2010 09:02 am

I’ve changed my mind about a dozen times just reading these comments. :) Still, I must remain with the sentimental favorite: pink strawberry cake with that super-sweet pink strawberry icing. My mom made it for my birthday every year when I was a little girl. Just the thought of it makes my blood glucose level spike, but it carries me back to a precious time.

Jessica @ Life as I See It Feb 10, 2010 09:02 am

My favorite cake is a flourless chocolate cake my SIL introduced me too. It’s delicious and rich – I was surprised how amazing it was for not having any flour!

Theresa Feb 10, 2010 10:02 am

I am with Jaya K – there is nothing like a dense, moist carrot cake with cream cheese and toasted nuts.
BUT the coconut cake from the Peninsula Grill in Charleston is a close second…..

Sarah Feb 10, 2010 10:02 am

my favorite cake is nearly any cake :) but if I had to pick probably red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

Kat Feb 10, 2010 10:02 am

That cake looks so yummy! My favorite cake is simple coconut topped with those thick fluffy shavings over the icing. Beautiful and simple.

Hélène Feb 10, 2010 10:02 am

My favorite is chocolate cake. Mine is made with buttermilk. So moist and chocolatey.

Preston Feb 10, 2010 11:02 am

Wow! The cake sounds totally delicious. I love all kinds of cake, but when done right, nothing beats a pineapple upside down cake. My daughter makes a really tasty one.
If by some remote chance I win, just stop by my blog and let me know. http://www.meandtheblueskies.com
PS – I love getting your tweets. :)

dani k Feb 10, 2010 11:02 am

Carrot Cake! I love how dense and moist it is.

jaki Feb 10, 2010 11:02 am

chocolate bundt cake. your cake looks really yummy too. i think i might make it this wknd

Lynnette Feb 10, 2010 11:02 am

There is nothing in this world like a Chocolate Mocha Mousse Cake except maybe a Semolina Cake with Strawberry filling. Hmmmmm, which is my favorite…..that’s hard to say!!

JSF3000 Feb 10, 2010 11:02 am

Too many cakes to choose from, but the Tres Leches cake from Tierra is insane! I am drooling on my keyboard as I type.

heather Byrne Feb 10, 2010 06:02 pm

A supper moist white cake…with tons of cream cheese frosting!

Heather S Feb 10, 2010 08:02 pm

being from the deep south, i still crave my mom’s pudding sheet cake…yellow sheet cake with holes punched, and then chocolate pudding poured over the top and refrigerated…the pudding runs down through the cake yum yum.

Ruby Feb 10, 2010 08:02 pm

birthday cakes!! ones made with sponge cake with cream and fruit fillings!

Aisha Feb 11, 2010 06:02 am

wow that cake looks yummy :)
must say that my favourite cake is the chocolate sheet cake featured on thepioneerwoman ‘s website. :) i will def try this recipe and see how it turns out….also *fingers crossed* for the giveaway!
best wishes
aisha x

Jason Feb 11, 2010 07:02 am

My favorite cake is dark chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting with crushed butterfingers on the sides.
Here’s a photo;
I would love to have a moleskin anything, they are too expensive for me.

Lamya Feb 11, 2010 07:02 am

I LOVE crumb cake with lots of cinnamon. =)

Carole-Anne Feb 11, 2010 09:02 am

My Aunt Lynn’s Red Velvet Cake. We only eat it at our family Christmas party, so it is a real treasure. I think she uses a whole bottle of red food coloring for the brighest red cake color! It is also my favorite because it is the first cake my now 8-month old son ate. (I had to sneak him a bite since he was only 6 months old at the time! Shhh, don’t tell!)

Laurel Feb 11, 2010 09:02 am

Flo Braker’s Lemon chiffon with lemon whip cream and candied lemon rind. Delicious!

Sara Feb 11, 2010 09:02 am

My favorite cake is Rum Cake. It is always moist and tastes better the longer it sits out. Sprinkle some nuts and some homemade whipped cream and you’ll agree.

Lindsay C Feb 11, 2010 10:02 am

My favorite cake would have to be my mom’s chocolate chip coffee cake. I’m currently in the process of trying to make it gluten free so she can eat it too!
My contact info is on my blog: http://www.scoopadventures.com

elizabeth rooke Feb 11, 2010 10:02 am

sorry, i don’t bake….well maybe pies….but my favorite cake is any upside down cake, or maybe any ice cream cake. while i love to cook, baking is too exacting for me…hey i’m old, old brains are not so exacting.
anyone, want to make me a great upsidedown cake?

Susy Feb 11, 2010 11:02 am

Hot fudge cake that my mom used to make… after that, probably Martin’s carrot cake, even when he confused it with German Chocolate cake!

Gaby Feb 11, 2010 11:02 am

holy cow that cake looks decadent and I want the entire sheet right now! My fav cake ever is a molten chocolate lava cake from my grandma. o.m.g. its amazing!

emily Feb 11, 2010 11:02 am

my favorite cake is a chocolate pound cake with chocolate frosting that my mama makes. It is the only request I ever have for a birthday cake. You MUST have one piece straight from the oven though, when it’s still warm.

Ciaochowlinda Feb 11, 2010 01:02 pm

I can’t look at that cake without gaining weight. It looks decadent. My favorite cake is a chocolate cake with buttercream filling and a ganache frosting.

Mowie Feb 11, 2010 02:02 pm

Oh that cake looks divine! And that book looks great, I’d love to get my hands on one of those! My favourite cake would have to be the German ‘Frankfurter Kranz’. Yum! Great post – great giveaway!

Josie Chow Feb 11, 2010 02:02 pm

YUMM!! My favorite cake is my grandma’s butter cake. I swear it has a lb. of butter in it!! It’s a yellow cake very buttery tasting with chocolate butter cream frosting….

Jessica Presley Feb 11, 2010 03:02 pm

My absolute favorite, is my Granny’s chocolate sheet cake! There is nothing else like it…she tops hers with walnuts, something about those walmuts mixing with the icing and the perfect cake texture! Ic an taste it now;) ALthoughif this were a pie contest her pecan pie is delicious! There is something magical about food and families…I just had a recipe book passed down to me from my great grandmother who is 103! My om and granny have the same book and I now have my grandmothers…bonus it has her handwritten recipes in it;)

Jen Feb 11, 2010 03:02 pm

Joy of Cooking (1997 edition) New York Cheesecake but swap out pate brisee crust for a graham cracker crust w/cinnamon & dash of nutmeg.

Fran Feb 11, 2010 03:02 pm

My favorite cake is called Quick Cocoa Cake. It’s been handed down from my mom. We’ve made this cake for birthdays since I was a little girl and it’s delicious! Quick, simple and oh so chocolaty.

Chris M. Feb 11, 2010 03:02 pm

Mine is Chocolate with Chocolate and More chocolate…kinda like the one in this post. The denser the better though for me.
Thanks for the giveaway

joey Feb 11, 2010 04:02 pm

Oh my! the cake sounds delicious and that moleskin…I like! :) My favorite cake would have to be chocolate…more specifically a cake called Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion — a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and a walnut praline made by a local baker here…YUM!

Lindsay Feb 11, 2010 05:02 pm

Yum!! I would have to say my favorite cake is my mom’s pound cake (with fresh strawberries and whipped cream). I’m craving it like crazy now, it just feels like summer in cake form to me and I’m definitely ready for summer!

Emily Feb 11, 2010 06:02 pm

banana bread cake with cream cheese frosting, mmmm! maybe in cupcake-form.
also i really secretly love funfetti cake, from the box. it has never failed to make me happy, especially on a birthday.

amelia Feb 11, 2010 07:02 pm

my favorite cake is my “nonna’s” lemon and olive oil cake: http://www.ztastylife.com/2010/02/lemon-and-olive-oil-cake-torta-allolio.html

Dana Feb 11, 2010 09:02 pm

4 layer vanilla cake with fresh whipped cream frosting – strawberries, blueberries & boysenberries in between the layers. So light and delicious!
Must get one of these Moleskines!!!

Adi Feb 12, 2010 02:02 am

Carrot cake is my favorite. Especially if it is super-moist.

Paula - bell'alimento Feb 12, 2010 06:02 am

This cake looks scrumptious! Although I am a huge chocolate nut, my fav of all time is my Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake! The Moleskine looks equally fantabulous ; )

Christy B Feb 12, 2010 07:02 am

Wow — love that cake and the Moleskines. Uber-fabulous.
My favorite would have to be Red Velvet Cake. YUM

Ginny Feb 12, 2010 08:02 am

I absolutely love carrot cake – it has so many intricate flavors and can have so many variations. Thanks for keeping us posted!

Jeff Garrow Feb 12, 2010 09:02 am

I spent many summers in Tennessee visiting my Mom’s mother. She made the best Pineapple Upside down cake that I have ever had.
Sadly I never asked her how she made it. She passed away over ten years ago and I really didn’t get into cooking until after she was gone. Dunno – perhaps she used a secret ingredient produced locally in the surrounding hills of Tennessee???
Thanks for the recipe and cause to pause and remember good times!

Ashley Feb 12, 2010 09:02 am

I love carrot cake

whitneyclaire.mp Feb 12, 2010 09:02 am

Chocolate “birthday” cake, specific to the way my mother makes it. When I was tiny I had an allergy to eggs… which made it difficult to have any kind of cake what-so-ever. In some crazy health food book my mother found a recipe for a cake without eggs that despite the fact that it calls for VINEGAR tastes fantastic. Coupled with the chocolate fudge icing, it’s perfect. Fluffy, moist cake… dense fudge icing.
The downside? The fudge icing is an art. Now after 30 years, we still don’t really have it down pat. It depends on the weather (was it dry? snowing? raining?), it depends on whether you paid good attention to how long you beat it…. basically it’s temperamental. The perfection point is literally a “seconds” window. Beat it too long and you’re going to have hard little blobs on top of the cake rather than a nice smooth creamy icing that melts like butter. Don’t beat it long enough and you’re going to end up with something hard and crystalized that is nearly inedible. But if you beat it just right, nothing tops it!

Charli Feb 12, 2010 09:02 am

My favorite cake is usually whatever is in front of me! But if I had to choose, I’d say apple-upside down cake because it was my first non-box creation.

Kelsey Hulse Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

My grandmother used to make a “Magic Money Cake” for all the grandchildren on their birthdays. The double layer 9″ round marble cake had a layer of gooey chocolate or vanilla frosting (depending on birthday child’s preference) and inside you would find coins wrapped in wax paper. That cake and the years and years of memories attached to are definately my favorite.

Amy Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

A local bakery, the Sweet Life, makes a chocolate cake with a chocolate-blood orange frosting…definitely my favorite! Thanks!

Brucey1 Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

I don’t have a very sweet tooth so coffee and walnut cake is my thang. I like it moist with not much frosting. Mmm!

Tom Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

lemon raspberry cheese cake with brown sugar graham cracker crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1.5 tablespoon light brown sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 pounds cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 extra-large egg yolks
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest about 2 lemons
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, not Imitation
Purred Raspberrys in Simple Syrup
Fresh Raspberrys
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the crust, combine the graham crackers, Light Brown sugar, and melted butter until moistened. Pour into a 9-inch springform pan. With your hands, press the crumbs into the bottom of the pan and about 1-inch up the sides. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
To make the filling, cream the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, _ This is the KEY- has to be Real Fluffy – about 8 minutes. Reduce the speed of the mixer to medium and add the eggs and egg yolks, 2 at a time, mixing well. Scrape down the bowl and beater, as necessary. With the mixer on low, add the sour cream, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and pour into the cooled crust.
Bake for 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature down to 225 degrees F and bake for another 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door wide. The cake will not be completely set in the center. Allow the cake to sit in the oven with the door open for 30 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and allow it to sit at room temperature for another 2 to 3 hours, until completely cooled. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
To make the topping, combine the simple syrup and the purred razpberrys in a small pan over low heat, bring to mild boil. In a bowl, toss the raspberries and the warm mixture gently until well mixed. Arrange the berries on top of the cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve, you can do the topping step 30 min before serving but leave off if serve time is longer than that
Tom Bianco
tom.bianco (at) gmail (dot) com

Lindsay Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

That cake looks amazing. I also am not a huge fan of chocolate cake as it is often not chocolatey enough for me. I love a simple white or yellow cake with strawberry buttercream frosting made with real strawberries. Yum!

madalinaa Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

i think my favorite cake that i’ve ever had was the ‘celine dion’ cake… stick with me on this one (i’m not crazy)… its 6 layers of dark chocolate cake, with like the smoothest most decadent buttercream.

Katie @ goodLife {eats} Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am

My favorite cake is the Italian Cream Cake we had at our wedding. It was AMAZING!

iamchanelle Feb 12, 2010 11:02 am

mmmm, i love cake.
especially the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake recipe from Clotilde’s blog, Chocolate and Zucchini.

katie o Feb 12, 2010 12:02 pm

There’s nothing better than a really incredible carrot cake. Plain and simple.

Jenipher Feb 12, 2010 01:02 pm

Chocolate cherry cheeseCAKE! Does that count as cake? Lol
no? Okay. Call me boring but the vanilla cake with amazing creamy chocolate frosting from my grocery store (publix) is my favorite! I like to put m&ms on it. Yum!!
I’m confused though. Tomorrow (sat) is the 13th of feb. Oops! :)

Gayle J Feb 12, 2010 02:02 pm

My favorite cake is Tomato Soup cake with cream cheese frosting, its a moist spice cake and is really good!

Erika Feb 12, 2010 03:02 pm

I love coconut cake, with lots of butter and coconut in the batter. Almost pound cake like. Then cream cheese frosting and garnished with MORE coconut!

Mary Ward Feb 12, 2010 03:02 pm

My very favorite cake is Caramel cake. I’m a caramel fanatic and I found the best recipe for it from Paula Deen.

Kristi C Feb 12, 2010 03:02 pm

My absolute favorite is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. Yummy!

Mochene Feb 12, 2010 04:02 pm

I’m in love with that journal! My favorite cake is German Chocolate. Even as a child it was my favorite and it still is, though I’ve made and eaten so many different cakes in America and Paris.

Darcy B Feb 12, 2010 04:02 pm

My husband hates frosting–so I make a lot of bundt cakes–my favorite, is chocolate cake mix, a box of pudding ,a tub of sour cream, chocolate chips & coffee—it is so moist and yummy!!!
here’s the full recipe if interested–crazy easy

Marie Feb 12, 2010 06:02 pm

Hmm.. I like a whole lot of cakes but chocolate with ganache is still my favorite.

Chrissy farnan Feb 12, 2010 06:02 pm

I love a chocolate cake with thick frosting served cold fight from the fridge.

Charlene Feb 12, 2010 06:02 pm

Oh my, that is going in my “Recipes to try” file. Love chocolate though I don’t usually get excited about chocolate cake. But I have made a chocolate mint cake a couple of times that is really good but needs some fine tuning. I love Hummingbird Cake, Carrot Cake, almost any pound cake. Just made a Sweet Potato Pound Cake this week. I’ll be making it again but with some tweaking. Oh, I also made the Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme that Pioneer Woman posted this week. They are divine!
Just recently found your site. Looking forward to making your “Well-Dressed Salad” soon. Now, I gotta go eat some cake so I can make this one soon!

Natalie Feb 12, 2010 07:02 pm

oh.. favorite cake.. so hard to choose from ..for now it’s the mille-feuille :)

Heike Sellers Feb 12, 2010 07:02 pm

This cake sounds divine, but my all-time favorite is my grandmas Streuselkuchen. I have her recipe, but have changed the filling up a bit. It is a birthday staple in our house!

Laura Feb 12, 2010 08:02 pm

Irish car bomb cupcakes get me every time. Mmmmmm…
Very cool moleskin.

Lisa Feb 13, 2010 05:02 am

I cannot get enough of carrot cake, especially if it has two layers of thick, delicious cream cheese frosting! If you’re ever in Charleston, check out the version at Kaminsky’s-it will blow your mind!

susan Feb 13, 2010 05:02 am

chocolate cake, there is nothing like it. Sweet bliss!

cindy Feb 13, 2010 07:02 am

a flourless chocolate cake made with an indecent amount of butter…top with fresh whipped cream and of course raspberries…..yummm

Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread Feb 13, 2010 07:02 am

What lovely sheet cake!!!
My favorite cake is my Perfect Pound Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce : http://maplencornbread.blogspot.com/2009/09/perfect-pound-cake-with-maple-caramel.html

Kelly Ann T. Feb 13, 2010 08:02 am

My favorite is a chocolate mousse cake. SO good.

Charlene Feb 21, 2010 10:02 am

Hi Tami,
I made this cake yesterday and while it is very good, the glaze did not stay hard once frosted. I halved the recipe but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. One exception is the tablespoon of vanilla in the glaze. I just caught that. I thought it said teaspoon. The glazed cake cooled for several hours before I put the frosting on. The glaze never thickened as much as I expected it to once I took it off the heat, but it did set up on the cake and became glossy. I am perplexed. Got any ideas why the glaze softened? As an aside, I don’t think the humidity was very high yesterday.

tamih Feb 21, 2010 12:02 pm

Interesting. I’m sorry you didn’t get the crackly bits. I put more vanilla in mine, hence the tbsp. A tsp. shouldn’t have made much difference. If it set up and got glossy, I would have thought that it would have gotten crunchy. My glaze layer got soft after 2 days of not being covered very well…but when I let it cool and before frosting it, it was crackle-y. The only thing I can think of is that the glaze didn’t come up to high enough temp on the stove. Several other ppl have made this cake without incident. I’ll do some research and let you know what I find.
– tami

Charlene Feb 23, 2010 07:02 am

Hi Tami,
Thanks for your reply. You are probably right about the glaze not coming to a high enough temperature. I did count to 110 after it came to the boil. However, I was stirring it and I don’t believe the recipe said to do so. I am still enjoying it. Glad I only made a half recipe. DH said it’s too sweet for him, which means I have to eat it all, ya know!