Chocolate Cake

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

I am, quite possibly, the world’s worst daughter. See, it’s my dad’s birthday on Saturday, and I said I’d make him a chocolate cake with caramel frosting like his mom used to make. Well, I got sick yesterday, and I’m still feeling rather awful. And to make matters worse, I don’t actually have that caramel frosting recipe. My dad and all his brothers received a homemade recipe book from my grandmother one year for Christmas. It’s full of typed up family recipes. Sadly, I don’t have one. I wish I did. I’d make everything in it. I think this might be a tragedy.

So, I didn’t make a chocolate cake with caramel frosting, but I do have something just as good to share with you that actually reminds me a lot of the kind of cake my dad would make. It’s super simple, ridiculously chocolaty, and blow your mind delicious. My dad would have a big slice of it with some melting vanilla ice cream and call it breakfast.

In addition to all the other awesome stuff my dad taught me, I also learned to appreciate good, simple, down home food. I remember my dad coming home from work and sitting on the couch with a block of Tillamook cheddar and a paring knife. He’d pass ’round slices of cheese to everybody for half an hour. That was how we snacked in my house.

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There are actually two secret ingredients in this chocolate cake which starts with a box mix, but you don’t have to tell anybody about that either. The first is mayonnaise. Mayo is basically eggs and oil anyway, so it’s not that big of a stretch. It doesn’t make your cake taste like a ham sandwich. On the contrary, it makes it incredibly moist.

The second secret ingredient is a bit of cinnamon. I love the warmth it adds to the chocolate. I’m not sure I’d be able to identify it as cinnamon if I didn’t know it was there. It just makes everything richer and more interesting. 

And obviously you have to cover the whole thing in chocolate frosting. This one reminds me of the chocolate frosting my dad used to make using Nestle’s Quik. It was awesome! Who cares? I’ve been doing this no money thing my whole life. 

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Happy birthday, dad! I owe you a cake.

Photos by Monica Szczupider

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake
Serves 10
A moist chocolate cake with a hint of cinnamon, covered in chocolate frosting to make it extra awesome
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
For the cake
  1. 1 box chocolate cake mix
  2. 1 cup mayonnaise
  3. 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1 cup water
For the frosting
  1. 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly butter two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together all the cake ingredients until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Evenly pour batter into your two pans and bake according to time on the box. If you hoard the cake batter left behind in the bowl, I won't judge you.
  4. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for about five minutes, then turn out to cool on a wire rack. Allow the layers to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it's smooth and creamy.
  2. Sift in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar and beat on medium speed.
  3. Slowly add the milk and vanilla extract and beat until smooth and fluffy. Add more milk if needed to reach a spreadable consistency.
  4. Place your first cake layer on it's final destination and spread about a third of the frosting on top.
  5. Carefully place the second layer on top. Frost the side and top of the cake. You can swirl it, stripe it, spike it. Whatever you like. Just don't skimp.
  6. Don't wait for someone's birthday to put this in your face.
Notes
  1. This can also be made in a 13x9 inch pan, which is what my dad would do.
Adapted from 1001 Fast Easy Recipes
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Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge Cake

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge from Awesome on 20

Today is my father-in-law’s birthday. I made him a cake because that’s what I do. If only he could eat it. Alas, my in-laws live in Northern England, in the most beautiful little town where everything is so green it almost hurts your eyes. I absolutely fell in love with the place when we went to visit a couple years ago. 

Ken with chickens

Luckily, my in-laws, Ken and Barbara (take a second to giggle) have had the opportunity to come visit us in Hawaii twice now. I think they might like it here as much as I like it there. We tend to have an overabundance of sunshine, something I understand is quite rare in England. When I asked Ken what kind of dessert he wanted for this birthday, he requested something with the lilikoi, also known as passion fruit in English, that are growing in our backyard.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge

I combined a Hawaiian favorite with an English classic to make this cake. I love it when two worlds collide. The lilikoi curd is sweet and tart, and the cake is rich and buttery. The fresh sweetened whipped cream is silky and light. There’s no frosting on this cake, so I think that makes it perfect for summer. You can shovel it in without feeling too heavy.

Ken and Barbara

I get a kick out of picturing Ken in his rocker days on his motorcycle, and I laugh to myself every time I hear my husband unknowingly delivering one of his dad’s jokes. I hope he would like this cake. I know we did.

Happy birthday, Ken!

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Victoria Sponge Cake
Serves 8
A combination of tropical and classical to make an excellent Hawaiian English birthday cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 175 grams (3/4 cup) butter, softened
  2. 175 grams (1-1/2 cups) sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 175 grams (1-1/2 cups) self-rising flour
  5. 3 tablespoons milk
  6. 3/4 cup passion fruit curd
  7. 1-1/2 cups whipped cream
  8. 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees and butter two nine-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour over the butter mixture and add the milk. Fold to combine.
  5. Divide the batter between your two pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Leave the cakes in the pans for ten minutes then cool completely before adding the fun stuff.
  7. Put your first cake layer on your cake stand and spread the curd (or whatever fruity and delicious filling suits your fancy) evenly over the cake. Mine dripped a lot. It's fun that way.
  8. Add the whipped cream and spread that onto your cake as well.
  9. Top with the second cake layer.
  10. Put your powdered sugar into a mesh sieve and tap it over the cake to create a dusting of powdered sugar all over the top.
  11. Slice, serve, and enjoy. Imagine yourself in Hawaii or England. Whichever you prefer.
Notes
  1. The butter is the star of this cake, so this is a good time to splurge on the good stuff, or use the rule of second cheapest. Low quality butter can lead to a mealy cake.
  2. Measurements for fillings are approximate and interchangeable. I've also made this cake with raspberry jam, which is more traditional. Use whatever you love.
Adapted from Delicious Magazine
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Hawaiian Bread Pudding

Ono Hawaiian Bread Pudding and Big City Diner

Hawaiian Bread Pudding

In case you missed it, I live in Honolulu, about a mile away from Waikiki beach. Yes, that was a full on humble brag. I’m poor. There’s not a lot to brag about. Being in the middle of the ocean at one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations has a few drawbacks, though. As in, everything is so so so expensive. We usually eat in which is great because I love to cook, but that can sometimes be just as pricey. Our favorite spot for a relaxed meal without a ridiculous price tag is definitely Big City Diner.

Breakfast at BCD

They’re open for for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though sadly, you can’t get the breakfast menu all day. They serve all the typical diner fare, but you can also get some dishes with a local twist, like fried noodles or loco moco. Their specials change weekly, so there’s always something new on the menu. And they have awesome weeknight deals to make things even cheaper.

Drinks at BCD

We love the family friendly, laid back atmosphere. The service is extremely friendly and quite fast. Our favorites are the burgers, of course, (we’ll do a Burgerology post on Big City Diner in the future), but they also have a tasty grilled ham and cheese, and awesome cinnamon French toast. We visit three of their many locations on a fairly regular basis. It’s our go to restaurant in Waikiki, and we’ll definitely be telling you more about this place in the future.

Hawaiian Bread Pudding

This has been a rather long preamble to get me to the thing I most want to share, my island inspired bread pudding. They have a dessert like this on the menu at Big City Diner, but this is my own personal take. Bread pudding is extra awesome because you get to use up leftover bread that might otherwise be wasted. And this one is studded with pineapple and macadamia nuts and topped with a coconut rum creme anglaise. (I actually got someone drunk on this sauce once. The circumstances were bizarre indeed, and not likely to be repeated.) The warm custardy bread and the cold boozy sauce are the perfect juxtaposition.  It’s so ono!

If you’re on our island, be sure and visit Big City Diner, but if you can’t get out here, and you want to create a Hawaiian vacation in your oven, give this bread pudding a try. It’s topped with liquor infused melted ice cream. What could go wrong?

Hawaiian Bread Pudding

 

 

Bread pudding images by Monica Szczupider

Ono Hawaiian Bread Pudding
Serves 4
A bread pudding with a Hawaiian flair
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 250 grams stale Hawaiian sweet bread, cut into cubes (a whole loaf if using King's)
  2. 1 small can pineapple chunks
  3. 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 40 grams (1/4 cup) brown sugar
  6. 2 tablespoons dark rum or coconut rum (use the dark rum if you have it, but don't buy it special)
  7. 125 ml (1/2 cup) heavy cream
  8. 500 ml (1 cup) whole milk
  9. Coconut rum creme anglaise (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Lightly butter a 2 quart casserole or a nine inch pie pan.
  2. Add your dry bread to the pan. If it's not quite stale, you can leave it out on a wire rack for a while. Mine is always just sort of stale, never truly hard. It's still awesome.
  3. Add the pineapple and macadamia nuts. Try and evenly disperse them around the pan. No need to stir, just let everything settle.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, rum, cream and milk. Pour this over your bread mixture and press the bread down into it to make sure everything is good and squidgy.
  5. Let the bread soak for 20 minutes before putting it in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes or until everything is puffy, lightly brown, and set.
  6. Let rest until it is just warm. Spoon it onto your plate and drizzle it with plenty of coconut rum creme anglaise.
Notes
  1. This will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, but I recommend reheating it slightly before serving it. The combination of warm bread pudding and cold rum sauce is awesome.
Adapted from Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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Coconut Rum Creme Anglaise
Serves 4
A luscious boozy sauce to top your bread pudding or whatever else you find lying around
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Prep Time
14 min
Prep Time
14 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  2. 2 egg yolks
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1/4 cup coconut rum
Instructions
  1. Add the cream, egg yolks, and powdered sugar to a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Stir constantly for about 8-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. It will coat the back of a wooden spoon when it's ready. Do not boil.
  3. Stir in the rum until everything is smooth.
  4. Pour it through a sieve into a container, then chill in the fridge until ready to use. (You can skip the straining, but I find it catches any stray bits of overcooked egg yolk and assures your sauce is super smooth. I'm not an expert, so I can use the help.)
Adapted from Bahama Breeze
Adapted from Bahama Breeze
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