Happy 2nd birthday to Tuesdays with Dorie! It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years and to see how far this group has come. I’ve been a part of this group since almost the very beginning- my first recipe was the Black and White Cake posted on February 5, 2008. I hadn’t been blogging very long at that point and I think that joining TWD was a key factor and motivator in keeping up my blog. It has also given me the opportunity to make things I might not otherwise make and it gave an excuse to make things I wanted to make :) This week we had a choice of what to make, and I thought it would be appropriate to make the cake to celebrate the occasion. I made this cake to take to my grandmother’s house when we celebrated Christmas with my dad’s family. It was also right before my uncle’s birthday, so this cake served two purposes.
This was a really great cake. I had every intention of decorating it more elaborately, but I was very short on time the night before and at the last minute I just sprinkled crushed peppermints on top. This gave the cake a hint of peppermint flavor. The cake itself was very chocolaty and moist, but the frosting was really incredible! I love the way the brown sugar and chocolate worked together. This will probably be a go-to chocolate frosting for me in the future.
I thought I would list some of my favorite recipes we’ve made over the past two years:
Chipster-Topped Brownies– a great brownie variation that combines a traditional brownie and chocolate chip cookie dough- yum!
Banana Cream Pie– with the delicious custard, this pie was hard to beat!
Devil’s Food White Out Cake– the cover cake, and one of my favorite cakes of all time
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte– for the chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is the ultimate dessert!
Brioche Raisin Snails– the brioche from this recipe is my favorite for cinnamon rolls, and my husband loves when I make it for him
Snickery Squares– my pick for TWD, and a great bar recipe using chocolate, peanuts, and dulce de leche