Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

I’ve decided to do something earth-shattering. Get up early. It’s hard to get up early either way, but since my current job doesn’t require me to come in until 9, 10, or 11 depending on the day, it’s hard to get up at 6:15 when my “other half” does. But, due to an office party last night and a cake that didn’t get made on Sunday like I wanted to, I got Doug to drag me out of bed at 6:30 to have breakfast and make my cake. He helped, actually, by measuring out all the dry ingredients. Measuring is the worst part of baking. I like to cook, not bake.

I made Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake┬ábut I used this recipe because I’m a bit rusty on my metric system.

Anyway, my most important realization of the morning was that we weren’t interrupted by the cute little pup at all. See, I let him out around 6 to “use the facilities” and then we both go back to bed. Then, thankfully, he does this until around 8:30:

Too cute, right? Well I’ve decided if I want to get stuff done, the window between 6:30 and 8:30 is going to have to be when I do it. Because all the other times I have to make sure he’s not destroying book corners or getting tissues out of the bathroom trash, etc, etc, etc.

I was worried about my cake when I put it into my round pans because the batter wasn’t pouring and I had to spread it in with a rubber spatula. Also, once in the pans it was less than an inch thick each. Panic! But, all in all the looked like they were okay. Then came panic part two: they wouldn’t turn out of the pans easily! But again, my trusty spatula helped me pry them loose and they didn’t even crack :)

Instead of making the chocolate icing Nigella calls for, I used cream cheese frosting (store-bought) because, yum. And it’s my cake so I can frost it how I like.

Voila. The finished product. A two-layer chocolate cake, made from scratch! Turning cakes out of their pans and decorating them like this really makes it seem like more of an “event,” doesn’t it? I think I’ll have a piece for breakfast with my coffee ;)┬áDon’t look at me like that. Cakes and muffins are largely the same thing… so why not have cake in the morning? A sugar rush to start my day!

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