So, we began by making Smitten Kitchen's new "Everyday Chocolate Cake," which seemed like an easy enough cake to make - and had the bonus of being a loaf cake, which we could bake in our toaster oven and not heat up the whole house. I set Sparky a-cookin':
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa (not dutched) plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
After cooling, we sliced the cake and then used a cookie cutter to cut out circles, which went onto skewers for Part I of this project.
**Funny story - I had an appointment I'd forgotten about, and realized just after the batter was in the pan that the cake would need to bake while we were gone. Since the toaster oven shuts itself off, this wasn't really a problem - but I was justifiably nervous about leaving a hot electric oven on in the house by itself, so (imagining the headlines: firefighter arrives on scene to douse conflagration caused by his own birthday cake) I recruited a neighbor to check in on the last 10 minutes and make sure everything was OK. Unfortunately, this meant that the cake was slightly undercooked, but it was delicious and fudgy and it didn't really matter.
To be continued next Sunday....