Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Simple Yellow Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing

Melissa D'Arabian from the Food Network has once again inspired me. I love her simple style of cooking fresh but inexpensive meals for her family. Family cooking as cheap as I can... that's what I try to do! I was salivating as I watched her latest show where she made these jars of yellow cake with chocolate ganache icing. Yep, chocolate. Of course, I would love this recipe! Here's the link to her version of the recipe on Food Network where she puts these cakes in individual jars for baking and serving. I loved the idea of jars for servings because it limits your intake. Something my husband and I need to focus on! I used half pint mason jars when I made them. This recipe would also make 6 to 8 cupcakes, if you prefer.

It was Melissa's roasted broccoli recipe that got my kids to love not only broccoli, but also any other veggies that I roasted in the same manner, such as carrots, onions, and cabbage. I can most of the time get away with crispy oven roasted potatoes when I serve burgers too, which is much healthier than fried fries. I'll share those recipes with you in another post.

But today's post is about cake. Sweet simple cake. It was the simplicity of this recipe that enticed me. Also the fact that it makes a serving for four, so no extras to make us all eat more than we should!

This recipe uses ingredients that are around the house at all times. At least in my house. The only thing I don't have in my house is the half and half. Melissa says you can use whole milk instead, but we drink skim or fat free milk. So I do have to go out and purchase one thing, if I am making this. Since I plan my menus monthly,  I can put these cakes on the menu and make them twice with the purchase of one pint of half and half.

The ganache is perfect as an icing or on ice cream, fruit, or drizzled over anything! Yes, it would make cardboard taste great! Try it on some dry-almost too old- pound cake next time... talk about trash to treasure! Ok, so I eat it by the spoon sometimes too. Isn't admitting the problem the first step of recovery?

Melissa's Simple Yellow Cake
1 cup flour AP
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup ½ & ½
Bake at 325 for 25 mins. Ice with Chocolate Ganache.

Chocolate Ganache
½ cup choc chips 
¼ cup ½ & ½  
Place half and half or cream in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes or until hot. Add chocolate chips and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Use a whisk to blend chocolate chips into a smooth shiny scrumptious concoction. 

Maybe I will get pictures next time...