At the end of this post, you will find the recipe for these amazing Chocolate Cake squares. But first, a short introduction anecdote:
I am a mother of two, Emily 6 and Juliet 1.
When I first became a parent I was overwhelmed by the lists of rules and instructions. But as a music enthusiast, I was especially thrilled when I heard that babies and young children respond to music, and the idea was to try and implement it as much as possible. Little did I know how “Three Little Mittens” and “A Dog Named Bingo” can take over my every move. I guess I should have just “Let It Go”.
Until one afternoon, due to the constant fear of Juliet not being able to recognize one animal sound from another, again I was singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm”. But when I looked at her, rather than a big toothless smile, I saw a bored look with a hint of frustration. Like she was saying, ”Are you kidding me ??? I got the picture the cow goes “moo!” now would you put some REAL MUSIC ON????”.
So I did. With a swipe of a finger on the screen of my smartphone, we were jamming to sounds of “Alive” by my all time favorite band “Pearl Jam”. For these few minutes, I was back at Wrigley Field surrounded by Pearl Jam fans, enjoying 3 hours of pure bliss!
As for Juliet? she was SUPER happy, with the biggest smile laughing and having the time of her life.
NOW THAT’S THE WAY TO IMPLEMENT MUSIC!!!
So in conclusion, whether you are a stay home mom, a working mom, a student, traveling the world, or simply stuck on an airplane just put on your favorite tunes and have fun!!! And a piece of cake. Like this Chocolate cake squares.
Now you know the most important things about me: I am married to the most amazing man, a stay home mom for 2 girls, obsessed with Pearl Jam, and (new fact) I bake whenever I can (or can’t).
So please stay tuned for some great recipes, baking and cake decorating tips and advice accompanied by family and everyday stories. Please. Relax. I’m only being Sarcastic!
Chocolate Cake Squares
When you are looking to bake an easy and fast "wow" factor this Chocolate Cake Squares will end your search.This cake simply ROCKS! It may seem plain and ordinary but this timeless one layer is tender moist and melts in your mouth. Kids go crazy for this cake and grown up act like kids when tasting it.
- 1/2 Cup All purpose flour (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (28 g/1 oz)
- 3/4 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Half and Half (4 oz/ 120 ml)
- 1 Tbsp Brandy Can be replace with an additional 1 Tbsp of Half and Half
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
- 3/4 Stick Unsalted Butter, soft ( 90 g/ 3 oz)
- 1 Cup Granulated white sugar (200 g/7 oz)
- 2 eggs Large, room temperature
- 1 Cup Sprikles Your choice of colors and shapes
For the Chocolate Ganache
- 1/2 Cup Semi sweet Chocolate chip (85 g /3 oz)
- 3/4-1 Cup Heavy Cream Use the smaller amout of the cream if you want the ganache to be on the thicker side and the higher amount if you prefer a more liquid like ganache.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 8" x 8" pan.
In a separated bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.Mix until combined and set a side.
Using a large measuring cup mix the Half and Half, Brandy and vanilla extract and set aside.
With a bowl of an electric mixer on the medium-high setting, cream the butter and sugar until you get a bright and fluffy mix about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time and wait until fully the egg is completely incorporated into the batter before adding the next.
Then add the flour mixture alternating with the half and half mixture beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
With a toothpick or a cake tester poke the cake as many time as you can.This will allow some of the chocolate ganache to be soaked into the cake and make it extra moist.
Pour the Chocolate Ganache wait about 5 minutes and then add the sprinkles.
To Make the Chocolate Ganache
Measure the Chocolate chip in a medium sized bowl.
In the microwave or over the stove warm the heavy cream, just until it strat to simmer. Do not boil, boiling will make the chocolate and fat get separated and you will be left with a big lumpy mess.
Pour the heavy milk on top of the chocolate chips and let stand for few minutes.
With a fork or a small egg beater mix the chocolate chips until a smooth and even colored ganache is formed.
If you feel that the mixture is too cold and won't melt pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds and mix again. Again do not over heat!
Pour over the Cake
The cake is best eaten warm right when ready.To maintain freshness refrigerate up to 4 days and bring to room temperature before eating.
The Ganche can be made up to 3 days in advance. If you chose to do so , refrigerate when ready and warm before applying on cake.