My second daughter's 21st birthday was Thursday. Some of her friends decided to take her out on Thursday to buy a cute new outfit and go to a nightclub; what a birthday present!
So, of course we celebrated her birthday on Friday. The little brothers made her a birthday banner.
When they had gone to the fabric store for the tiny pieces of red for Thor, Ryan (at my request) went hunting for some fabric with pigs or some amusing design for me. He found this Arctic Splash fabric, and hounded Cass that he and Mark wanted it because it was amusing.
She was shocked that it became a new apron and pot holders for her college apartment (her first move out of a dorm).
And Cass wanted chocolate cake for her birthday, instead of the traditional marble cake. I tried this recipe.
SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp melted butter
1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Beat together the sour cream, sugar, vanilla and butter. Stir in the dry ingredients, then beat in the eggs. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, until the batter is smooth. Pour into a greased 13x9 baking pan, and bake at 350F for 30 to 34 minutes.
This cake has a shiny, smooth surface when it's baked. It's very dense and moist, really, more reminiscent of a pound cake than anything else. So if you don't like the texture of pound cake, this one's not for you. If you do, hooray! Pound cake in chocolate flavor!
Hope you all had a great weekend. Here, we had huge amounts of rain on Sunday. I'm glad I live on top of a hill; there was some flooding of lower areas and some intersections. But, of course, the biggest problem was that poor Thor spent the day hiding with the boys, seeking protection from the booming sky outside. Happy Monday, everyone!