just another attempt to save anna from herself….

i have a confession.  i’m a copycat poster. it’s true.  anna made a chocolate cake in a coffee mug.  and then MICROWAVED it, and then worse still, ATE it.  yeah. i know. gives me the creeps too.  a few of her imaginary friends posted some real chocolate recipes and i’m adding my favorite one to the pot.  i even found a chocolate post on bakerella’s site i’m being lazy since it’s not yet 6am and am not rising to the “anna photographs everything for her posts”  bar but i get off the hook… it’s not yet 6am, remember?  we’re going to be lucky if this makes any sense at all!  

My mom first made this cake for me for my 6th birthday cake. I’ve loved it for a million years! It’s best the next day chilled, for breakfast!!! (i figure if i’m one million and six, i look great for my age, instead of looking crappy at 45)

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups HOT water

2 3/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, softened

2½ cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

1½ teaspoons vanilla

Cream Filling: 1 pint heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup powdered sugar

Frosting: 2 cups powdered sugar

⅓ cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened

up to 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans. Stir together the cocoa and boiling water from the first set of ingredients. Set aside to cool Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the cocoa mixture, mix only until just combined. Divide evenly between the three prepared pans,and spread the batter out flat. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes in the preheated oven,until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting cake onto rack. If you leave the cake in the pan for too long, it will stick to the pan and break apart while you are removing it from the pan. Cool COMPLETELY.

Whip cream until soft peaks form. Fold in vanilla and powdered sugar. Spread cream onto two of the cooled layers. Stack the layers onto a nice plate, putting the two creamed ones on the bottom. Place the plain layer on top.Frost the sides with chocolate buttercream frosting. To make the frosting, beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla,cocoa and milk in mixer until light and fluffy. Frost sides of the cake, leaving a ridge that sticks up over the edge. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings or fresh fruit.this photo is of a TWO layer cake instead of THREE.  i’m thinking i must’ve made it for someone i didn’t like very much so i kept a layer for myself.  i’m sneaky like that.  hopefully the person i made it for doesn’t recall getting a two layer chocolate cake from me, doesn’t read my blog, and so i won’t be discovered.


Yeah, So I’m basically Bakerilla These Days…

Some of you may recall, Thimbleanna went to visit her friend Cami a while back… and cami made some wonderful baked items, including croissants. 

and Thimbleanna referenced the Baking with Julia cookbook.  

so… i go onto amazon, i buy the book, i spend THREE DAYS baking those stinkin’ croissants.  i proudly bring two of them into the office, alongside homemade raspberry jam and my son’s friend says:

“Uh, Brigette, I generally don’t eat anything that I can’t recognize as food”.  Ratbastard. what was he talking about?  

 my croissants looked EXACTLY like cami’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEN.. this morning i decided i should bake some cookies for my husband’s sunday school class…  i opted for something i’m familiar with:  peanut butter cookiesthey turned out great.  our neighbor was in a car accident and i bake stuff for them sometimes, so while the cookies were baking, i decided to whip up some apple strudel.  

no, i won’t marry you.  i’m already married, but thanks.  so… a while back… thimbleanna made some sweet rolls with her auntie annie.  apparently they are rolls rivaled by none.. and she lovingly placed them into her patisserie dome.  i fell gaga in love with her dome.  i had to get one for myself.  i googled it.  they have it at some shoppe in hollywood, waaay too expensive. i ordered it from the place she got hers – all to no avail – the woman she got hers from is missing a few brain cells and is having a hard time ordering said patisserie dome.  i had to take matters into my own hands! 

and there you have it!  my new dome!!! eat your heart out anna!!

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone


Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone  It’s not warm when she’s away 

(i paid for those teeth for 3 years)

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone  And she’s always gone too long anytime  She goes away 

Wonder this time where she’s gone  Wonder if she’s gone to stay 

(because sometimes you just gotta make fishy lip faces)

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone  And this house just ain’t a home  Anytime she goes away 

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know  I know, I know, I know, I know, I know 

(tiaras are important.  we have travel tiaras for road trips, birthday tiaras, ’round the house tiaras)

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know  I know, I know I know, I know, I know 

Hey I’ll leave the young thing alone  But ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone 

(i put this one in just because she looks like a little hippy.  wouldn’t she have been a cute hippy?)

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone  Only darkness everyday 

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone 

(sometimes you just feel like screaming)

And this house just ain’t no home 

Anytime she goes away  Anytime she goes away 

(yes, my haircolor/length changes daily, why did you ask?  oh, and the very cute bike i’m riding in front of my house, well, it’s my MOM’S.  i mess with her and call it MINE)

Anytime she goes away  Anytime she goes away




My dolly is moving to socal in 3 days!!!  She’s the sunshine in my house.  I don’t know what I’ll do without her!!!!

when she was four i was singing her to sleep one night.  she covered my mouth and said “mommy, you can just talk it.”  i’ve been practicing, ‘ain’t no sunshine’ all week.  walking around the house sortofsinging it, mostly it just sounds like i’m in pain. i decided i needed a theme song, even though i’m not the most gifted singer (three note range, all of them off key) i AM IN PAIN.  so everyone else gets to be as well! 🙂 

:cries a river


i love notcamping!

this weekend we took the kids and a few friends up to lake camanchee reservoir with some friends of ours and went NOTcamping.  i borrowed my little sister’s r.v.  and had running water, a toilet, a shower, could wash dishes, cook on a stove, an oven, did i mention the shower… a BED, AIR CONDITIONING – just a few little luxuries.  the first time we went camping with these friends it was last summer.  we got home and i still felt human.  i was thinking, that was NOT camping.  then i went to the list of things i love an added this:

I so love not camping.

this is connor, just as he’s landing a flip, before he biffs it.  i need a faster camera.  or some skills.  skills would be nice. 

here are my two boys.  we were playing spades.  we had a fun time.  i still got game!!  

and connor again, wearing my stylin’ hat. 

and on the way home….  sometimes you just have to put your head on the back of the headrest! today i snapped a few pics of kendal and michael.  they are so cute together! 

she would kill me if i put the camping pics up so i figure the day after is fine… 


isn’t this one cute? 

i hope you guys had a great weekend! i had fun with my kids. it was fun to have all 3 of them together.  noooo, they didn’t bicker at all, why did you ask?





i know this has NOTHING to do with NOTcamping, but last week i made a goofy bag that i learned about from anna  she did a tutorial, teaching us how to make those darling bags she made for her cousins last year, and for cami when she went to visit her… you should check out the tutorial... it wasn’t too bad (if you leave out the part that one end of my zipper/fabric sewn to zipper resembles something my cat (may she rest in peace) would have barfed up!)

sorry it’s blurry.  please refer to beginning of post. i either need a new camera, or some skills.