The Too Much Chocolate Cake

This cake can be decorated just about any way you want. Fresh berries taste great with the whipped cream frosting.

 A chocolate cake that is super easy to make, and turns out moist and delicious every time? Yum! We can’t even take credit for inventing the Too Much Chocolate cake,  it came from Allrecipes.com.  But it has quickly become the go-to special occasion cake in this house, especially when paired with the Whipped Cream/Cream Cheese Frosting (also from Allrecipes.com). 

Too Much Chocolate Cake:

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased pan (two round pans will make for a nice layer cake ).
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. If in doubt….underbake! I’ve had good luck taking it out even a few minutes before the center of the cake has sprung up and it’s delicious then – a little gooey and brownie-like, but still firm enough to frost. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate.
The Too Much Chocolate Cake was a big hit at a recent birthday party.

Whipped  Cream/Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in whipped cream.

Anyone who likes chocolate will love this cake, and it couldn’t be easier to make. Enjoy!

Trashed at the Rose Bowl Parade

rose bowl parada trash wake

A wake of trash lined Colorado Ave. hours after the last Rose Bowl Parade float rolled through Pasadena on New Years Day, 2011.

We had big aspirations to see the Rose Bowl Parade this year since the parade route is only a few miles away. However, those bleacher seats you see above will run you $50 a pop, and we weren’t ready to wake up at 6 a.m. to go huting for a parking spot and a free sidewalk seat.

We waited until after the parade to head to downtown Pasadena for a look at the floats and the aftermath.

We arrived before the cleanup crews, apparently. After wading through the sea of trash we finally made it to the post-parade grounds where all the floats were parked for viewing. Here are some highlights:

Wild horse make a run for the San Gabriels

Go Cal Poly! Weekndr’s alma mater took home the viewers choice award. I bought a t-shirt.

Sweet little village with cedar shingles.

It’s amazing to see the floats up close. They can only be decorated with flowers, plants, bark, moss, and other organic vegetation. You’d be surprised how many colors and textures you can achieve under those restrictions.

LA represents.

The Natives.

Return of the Weekndrs

Sorry for the long hiatus, folks. We lost our Weekndr mojo a few months back after the iMac harddrive fell victim to a power surge (note to self: back up your iTunes and iPhoto regularly).

But Santa was kind enough to deliver us a netbook for Christmas, so for this new year we resolve to bring back Weekndr. We hope you’ll tune in!