Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tasha Tudor's Chocolate Cake!

Yesterday I was in a cooking mood. I made four loaves of homemade bread, bean soup, fried potatoes and chocolate cake. One of the kids that I babysit asked "Why are you cooking so much today?" I told him that I was in a cooking mood and he said, "I like it when your in a cooking mood because I'm always in a eatin' mood." I had to laugh because he was exactly right he loves to eat.

I have been trying to cook from scratch more. My goal is to not have to buy any premade or boxed or processed foods from the grocery store. I want to be as self sufficent as possible and learn how to make things that we love from ingredients that we have without all the bad stuff in it.

I must confess that I have never made a cake completly from scratch. I have made a chocolate syrup cake and an apple cake thats wonderful from scratch. But I had never attempted a chocolate cake from scratch. I have this wonderful Tasha Tudor cookbook. I love the cookbook and I loved her. I really would love to be more like this wonderful lady was, I wish I could have met her.

So I made her chocolate cake yesterday and it took me an hour just to get it mixed up. Of course I was having to take care of kids and break up fights and stuff during this time. It called for 2 cups plus 4 Tablespoons of sugar. I kept thinking thats an awful lot of sugar, but I'm going to do it exactly as the recipe says. So I fixed it and it looked really nice, not as fluffy as a cake mix cake but it was still pretty. I made the cocoa frosting for it too. The frosting is really good.

So after supper I sliced Travis and I a big ole piece of cake. The first bite he said, "Wow that is sweet." It was so sweet it made my teeth hurt. It tasted really good, but incredibly sweet. I said I knew that was too much sugar. So this morning I googled Tasha Tudors chocolate cake recipe to try to link to it and a website came up about corrections from the cookbook. Guess what it said omit one cup of sugar from the chocolate cake recipe. Now I feel so much better and I will defiantly make it again just less one cup of sugar.

I didn't post the recipe because its a bit lengthy and I'm lazy. If you would like the recipe let me know and I will post it. I think I'm going to be in a cooking mood again today. At least the kids hope I am considering they are home again because of the snow!


Amanda said...

I've never heard of her. Looks like she has a lot of neat little books. I'll have to check on them the next time I go to the book store.

OurCrazyFarm said...

Good for you! Cooking from scratch~ what a woman! I have seemed to be finding Tasha Tudor everywhere I look lately (blogs, book illustrations)~ I am going to have to investigate this lady a bit more I guess. Sounds like there is a thing or two I could learn from her.

Unintentionally starting several years ago to "live by the land", I'll just tell you now~ it is very rewarding, as well as very challenging. Keep up the good work!

Nancy M. said...

Kids are so funny! That's good you found out that the recipe was wrong so next time you can fix it.

Gina said...

Whew! An extra cup of sugar would tend to make things sweet!!! Glad it turned out, though. I haven't made a from-scratch chocolate cake either. Maybe I'll have to do just that!

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