I miss the Soul Sisters. Isabel, Lucy and Pearl came out to California for their annual visit. We had a great time feasting together. We made ice cream for vacation Sunday, and we had a pizza party at our house. We swam, actually floated in Veronica and Joey’s pool until our fingers and toes were shriveled up. That’s a lot of floating time. More on that later. First I want to show you the cake I made for their last day in town. It’s a chocolate-chocolate chip cake with cream cheese frosting.
Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 box Duncan Hines devils food cake mix
- 1 box chocolate pudding mix
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup corn oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 ounces chocolate chips
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1-8 ounce block of cream cheese
- 4 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine ingredients for the cake and mix for 3 minutes.
Place in 2-10″ round cake pans lined with parchment. Do not butter and flour the pan. You actually want the cake to cling to the sides of the pan to ensure straight sides to the cake. I like to use baking strips . The top of the cake stays flat, and the sides do not overcook. Bake for 35 minutes. I tap the cake in the oven, if it jiggles, it needs to continue baking. Cool on a wire rack, then wrap the pan in foil until ready to frost. That usually means the next day for me.
To make the cream cheese frosting:
Cream butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle until smooth. Add the vanilla. Slowly incorporate the powdered sugar.
Frost the cake, refrigerate overnight.
I used smaller cake pans and loaded them up a little too much. The cakes sunk in the middle, so I cut off the top to even them out. I used the rest of the cake to make these cake balls. I dipped them in dark chocolate, and then drizzled them with the white chocolate.
Check out Lucy, she’s enjoying a little pre-taste of our home-made vanilla ice cream.
Lucy is one talented artist. I’ve commissioned her to paint something for me. We’re not sure what she’s going to paint yet. You can’t rush artists.
We had an awesome conversation about her goals. She plans to marry a professional football player who’s loaded with money so that she can open a ski resort. She plans to have five houses at different locations. She told me sometimes her goals are a little hard to achieve, but it’s worth trying anyway, even if she’s a little disappointed when things don’t turn out as planned. How old is she? So wise for such a young age. And then she mentioned she would like to be a mermaid. And it would be great if she could just take a pill and transform back into a human. Then she could have twice as many friends. Ahhh, yes, she really is eleven.
Lucy and Isabel have plans to open a bakery. Or maybe a bakery/tattoo parlor. Or maybe a bakery with cakes that are adorned with tattoo-like art. I just know that I can’t wait for whatever it is they decide.
Can’t wait for next year!