Chocolate Bundt and Valentine’s!

Gooooood day everyone!

This week my Instagram has been flooded with heart cookies, pink colored frosting and a bunch of lovey-dovey stuff. Kyle and I are not too into Valentine’s day, so I tried my best to crank out at least one bake that was Valentine’s “themed”.

I decided to make a chocolate sour cream bundt cake from America’s Test Kitchen! The chocolate cake is a representation of the depth of our love, tangy raspberries for the brightness his presence brings me…. Just kidding! But for real, the whipped cream represents the literal fluff we have accumulated in our mid-sections since I started baking more often.

We really enjoyed the sharpness that the raspberries brought to this dessert, it combined perfectly with the rich chocolate flavor of the cake. In looking towards the future and trying out new things… I am thinking that a caramel buttercream or just straight up caramel drizzle (or drenching) would be another great way to serve this cake.

Question, have you ever made fresh whipped cream? Well, let me tell you that it is a game-changer. My family has always made fresh whipped cream for the really special desserts we eat around the holidays because it makes a BIG difference. We would always have a can of the quick stuff on hand for sundaes and what-not, but we would always go the extra mile for those special occasions.

To make your own whipped cream you will need heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla and a hand-held mixer or stand mixer (or really fast stirring skills?). It is not an exact science in our household because how wrong can you go with heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla? The answer is not wrong at all.

  1. Dump 1 pint of heavy whipping cream into a bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer.
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup white sugar in there.
  3. Add 1 tsp or a dash of vanilla.
  4. Whisk on high for around 2 minutes and voilá!

You will know it is done when the consistency changes from a liquid to clouds of puffy white goodness that you can dredge up with your finger… Which I don’t do…

If you have any desire to learn cooking or baking I highly recommend taking a look at America’s Test Kitchen. They have quick 20-minute videos that include a recipe or two, a gadget review and a blind taste test. I have rolled through ALOT of these videos while eating breakfast and have learned a ton, from the science of food to kitchen hacks. The website requires you to have a subscription, but you can easily watch over 200 clips on YouTube!

Stay tuned for my version of Banana Bread coming this weekend!

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