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One of "Those" Bloggers....

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For the past couple of weeks, I have turned into one of "those" bloggers. You know...the bloggers who take the time to update their own blog but do not go and visit all of the blogs of those who make comments. I really believe that it is important to frequent the blogs of those who frequent Dine and Dish. I love and appreciate your comments and I love your blogs...I so miss reading them, but life has been so hectic lately and to be frank with you, my need for at least a few hours of sleep at night is starting to take over.

Soon, very soon, things will slow down. In the meantime, can I make it up to you with chocolate? This was a rich and delicious cake...even better the next day after it had been in the fridge!

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Fudgy Pudgy Cake - from the most recent issue of Taste of Home
12-14 servings

1 hour 30 min prep

1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Filling

1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened

Glaze

1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/4 cup milk
2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa and hot water until smooth; cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and cocoa mixture. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Pour into three greased and waxed paper lined 9 inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in cooled mixture. (If you are impatient like I was and don't wait for this to cool completely before beating it with the butter, you'll end up with a pudding/glaze like mixture instead of the whipped mixture. It was still good though!)
  4. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake.
  5. For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cocoa until smooth. Add milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. With an electric mixer, beat in confectioners' sugar until blended. Cool for 15-20 minutes; spread over top of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 11:59PM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments32 Comments | References2 References

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Reader Comments (32)

With a name like Fudgy Pudgy how could this not be good? I am drooling.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
Oh my Gawd! "Mommy, make the bad lady stop!" I found myself drooling and avidly reading down the ingredient list praying for strength to stay out of the kitchen as I mentally ticked off check marks for the ingredients ready in my pantry and jumping up and down for the chance to surrender their lives for this cake.

I am happy to announce my hips are safe for one more day since I am, alas, out of buttermilk. Shhhh! Say nothing about substitutskis you evil woman! Nay! Say no more!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Zebra
I agree with you and yes, from time to time,we do need to take a break. Glad you are back.I just posted a Sloppy Joe!:)
Fudge cake!! What else can I say? YUM!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAsha
Don't worry, Kristen - we love you anyway, sweetie!

Fantastic cake!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
I need this cake!! I just hate to bake though, it's not my strength.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Tosatto
Thank you, Kristen! I must check this issue of Taste of Home. We are chocolate fiends!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
I am trying so hard to not make anymore treats for a couple weeks, but you are killing me here!!

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Much deliciousness!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlynn
We forgive you!!! With 3 kids it has to get a little hectic...sleep is good. The chocolate Fudgy Pudgy Cake looks delish by the way!!!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterValli
Ahem, Fudgy Pudgy Cake - Chocolate. Oh, oooooooo NO, NO don't make me. This just doesn't seem very fair. Yeah, well right my mother always told me live isn't fair.
Fudgy Pudgy . . .
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMy Kitchen in Half Cups
Yes my dear, you can make it up to us at anytime. I know that people are busy and have lives... you take your time.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
I was hoping you were just going to send me a piece, but, no, you post the recipe instead ....Now I'll have to make it myself!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkatiez
Oh Kristen, I feel I am in the same situation! The last couple of months have been hectic here, and I feel so bad when I can not catch up and visit... So, I hope this will pass too. And thanks for the cake, it looks fantastic!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCris
A cake like that makes up for any transgressions (real or imagined). And if were delivered to my house...well...that would be perfect!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLydia
oh, mmm, YUM! sometimes reading through your rss feeds can take a long time and it's easier to ignore. i totally understand :)
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterarIA
No apologies necessary. Just cake. Lots of cake. Please.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from Food Blogga
Darling, anything with chocolate forgives almost anything. :)

And besides, most of us totally understand!!! We all have crazy busy times.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
No worries Kristin! I think everyone can relate to being busy! That cake looks incredibly decadent and rich! Yum!
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
You can DEFINITELY make up with chocolate. That looks divine. :)
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Beth
Continue making it up to us like this & we won't care whether you visit us or not! Just send lots of cake our way ;-)
The cake looks so rich & moist. I wish I could have a tiny slice.
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTBC

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