Dark Chocolate Cake

IMG_9724Chocolate cake, one of our culture’s go-to desserts for celebrations, or the cake that sits waiting for the family to come home to from a long day hike, is deservedly legendary. Moist layers of chocolaty crumb, layered and topped with creamy icing make it decadent and yet simple, while a thin sliver satisfies, a big slice is a worthy treat.IMG_9732

This is a great recipe that can be used for a three layer over-the-top fancy cake, or just a simple sheet cake to serve with a bit of ice cream and some sauce. It is incredibly versatile, and will work with many desserts that require a cake base. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Ginger Muffins (Gluten Free)

IMG_9416Going through my pantry the other day, I was looking at several bins with a half-cup of this and that. As I wrote my list for the next shopping trip, I thought about that little bit of candied ginger, and it’s neighbouring bin of dark chocolate pieces. Our mom’s favourite candy of all time was dark chocolate covered ginger. All her friends seemed to know it, and we grew up on the stuff, loving every morsel.

I finished writing the list, and got making a batch of muffins. I decided to do them Gluten Free so we could share with my celiac sister, who’s always ready to play guinea pig to my random baking wonts.   I added a bit of espresso to the batter and then mixed diced candied ginger pieces with the chocolate, to make a wonderful, very grown up muffin. Continue reading

Cappuccino Muffins

IMG_4212Farmers Markets are a mainstay in most rural communities.  The variety of product is amazing.  Thetis has had markets for the past 12 or so years, moving between the marinas, and change with the artisans and producers that attend them.  Our community hall is going to play host to Summer Community Fairs this year.  The same group of volunteers that puts on lunches through the winter months is going to take charge of the kitchen and serve up coffee, teas and home baking.

Not sure how it happened, but I’m looking after the kitchen tomorrow morning for opening day.  I’ve made these for morning events for several years now.  They’re a nice change from fruit and earnest muffins.  Sometimes it’s nice to have something a little different.

They get their coffee hit from espresso powder, while the different chocolate bits make you think a barista has somehow made this latte type muffin for you.  Continue reading