Friend Friday: Espresso Yourself Creatively

This is officially Sweet & Savory’s  first ever Friend Friday post!  Very exciting.  I have been thinking of doing this for some time, but another blogging friend asked about doing it yesterday, so this was the perfect time to kick it off.  We are primarily an eating moms blog so I know it will be refreshing to get some of our friends viewpoints and other creative juices down your gullet. This is a post from our friend Melanie whose blog can be found HERE. OK, Melanie…ready…set…blog!
 

Chocolate Day fun: sheet cake & family recipe book

Hand over the chocolate, and no one gets hurt!  I saw that on a t-shirt once, and can relate to those full-blown chocolate cravings!  Do you know there are over 50 days set aside to celebrate some sort of chocolate?  Amazing.  But for this chocoholic, I don’t need a day….it’s an every day thing! 

In honor of today being Chocolate Day,

I’m posting the best recipe I know: 

my mom’s chocolate sheet cake recipe.

Love you mom, and love your cake!! 

Chocolate Sheet Cake

with fudge frosting: 

Mix the following, & set bowl aside:

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup buttermilk

1 tbs. cinnamon

1 tsp. soda

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

Bring the following to a boil, remove from stove, then mix it with bowl you set aside:

1 stick butter

1/4 cup shortening

4 tbs. Hershey’s cocoa

1 cup brewed coffee (or water)

Pour into sheet cake/jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.  While the cake is baking, make the fudge frosting:

Fudge Frosting:

Bring the following ingredients to a boil:

1 stick butter

5 tbs. brewed coffee (or milk)

1/4 cup cocoa 

Mix in the following ingredients, & pour over warm cake:

one pound powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 

Yummy!  Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee!

Several years ago I asked my mom for some of her original hand-written recipes; the same recipe card she used when teaching me how to make this cake is posted below: 

About eight years ago I started having my mom re-write some of our favorite family recipes for me because some of the recipe cards were written in the 1970’s and had faded. I took pictures of the finished product.  It is a work in progress:  a family cookbook of pictures and our favorite recipes!

 

 

A few other great places to find ideas to celebrate special chocolate days:

http://www.squidoo.com/chocolate-holidays#module41855482

http://www.familyembellishments.com

The Squidoo website listed the following July chocolate holidays:

July 3: National Chocolate Wafer Day

July 7: Chocolate Day

July 8: National Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day

 

Grab some chocolate & celebrate! ~ Melanie

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