Mocha Layer Cake

Today we made Mocha Layer Cake With Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting!

2C chocolate chips, 1t salt, 3C flour, 1 1/2C brewed coffee, 1/4C skim milk, 4T cold butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa powder, 1 1/2T baking powder

Frosting: 5T skim milk, 1/2C cocoa, 5 to 5 1/2C powdered sugar, sifted, 4 oz cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips with coffee. Stir until blended. Cool.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients including sugar. Blend in butter. Mixture should still be powdery. Stir in skim milk and coffee mixture.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Fold in remaining chocolate chips.

Mocha Layer Cake

Turn into 2 greased, round 8″ cake pans.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and cakes come away from sides of pans. Cool. Remove cakes from pans. Frost: Mix all frosting ingredients until spreadable.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Spread 1/3 of frosting on bottom cake layer.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Cover with top cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Chill until ready to serve.

Mocha Layer Cake

Apple Peanut Scones

Today we made Apple Peanut Scones!

2C flour, 1/2C coarsely chopped salted roasted peanuts, 1/4C creamy peanut butter, 3T brown sugar, 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ to 1/4″ pieces, 1/2C skim milk, 3T sugar, 1T baking powder, 1T butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. In separate bowl, mix chopped apples with peanut butter, brown sugar and chopped peanuts.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Blend well. Blend butter into flour mixture. It should still be powdery. Mix in milk.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Stir in apple mixture until just blended.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets 1″ apart.

Apple Peanut Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Peanut Scones

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

Today we made Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 6 oz fresh blueberries, 3T lemon juice, 3 eggs, 3T powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Beat in eggs.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry and blend in half the wet.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Add lemon juice.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Stir in remaining wet just until blended.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Turn into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, mash powdered sugar into blueberries.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Swirl into cake batter with a few turns of a knife.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is set and cake comes away from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Apple Honey Muffins

Today we made Apple Honey Muffins!

2C flour, 2t baking powder, 3T sugar, 1 egg, 1/2C apple juice, 1/2C honey, 1/4C butter, melted; 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ to 1/4″ pieces

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients, including apples. Blend well.

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Make a well in the dry. Add the wet.

Apple Honey Muffins

Stir until just blended. Turn into lined, nonstick or greased muffin tin.

Apple Honey Muffins

Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Honey Muffins