Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Show Me The Money

March Madness is over. To me this means that the men-folk have emerged from the man-cave in the basement, squinted at the spring daylight and finally stopped eating every snack that wasn’t nailed down (who nails down snacks, anyways?).

And although the bracket bust is over for them, it’s just starting for me. You see, word trickled down the mountain that The Oracle is a betting man and was putting his money where his mouth is. Warren Buffett apparently had been willing to give a bajillion bucks to whoever could put together a perfect bracket. That’s a challenge many people took . . . and failed.

Now I’ve got a challenge for Warren. I’m not a college basketball fan, but I want a fair try at that bajillion bucks. So, Oracle, how about a bracket for us moms? Because I don’t know if you heard, but social media is a powerful thing and that whole discrimination thing I’m about to start a twitter campaign about is surely going to hurt your reputation.

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Rest assured, just like the basketball bracket, you probably have nothing to worry about. Personal history shows that brackets are definitely not my thing. I’m not exactly known for my construction skills. In fact, when the kids were little and we bought something that had to be put together, it would take the hubs and I locked in a room full of strange looking parts and directions written in hieroglyphics at least 3 days to put together a wobbly whatever. There would be at least 2 pieces permanently glued on backwards and at least 12 leftover parts that we’d chock up to having been put into the box by mistake.

So although not really equipped for putting together brackets, if that’s what it takes to win a bajillion bucks for my family, that’s what I’ll do. Call me a team player.

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Jolt of Java Chocolate Cake

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Jolt of Java Chocolate Cake                     
Printable Recipe
Ingredients, Cake:
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa plus more for flouring pans
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup coffee, cooled to room temperature
Ingredients, Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 TBSP coffee, cooled
½ cup powdered sugar
1 tsp instant coffee powder
¼ cup heavy cream
Ingredients, Frosting:
1 1/2 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
½ -3/4 cup heavy cream
Directions, Cake:
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 3 9-inch round cake pans, then “flour” them with baking cocoa.
*Beat the softened butter with the sugar until smooth.
*Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
*Mix in the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until incorporated.
*Beat in the coffee.
*Put 1/3 of the mix into each of the baking pans.
*Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely.
Directions, Filling:
*Beat cream cheese and prepared coffee until smooth. Carefully beat in the powdered sugar and instant coffee.
*In a separate bowl, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
*Fold heavy cream into the cream cheese mixture.
*Spread half of this mixture evenly over the top of the bottom layer and the top of the middle layer of the cooled cake.
Directions, Frosting:
*Melt butter and chocolate chips in microwave until smooth, mix in the vanilla.
*Carefully mix in the powdered sugar. You don’t need it to be completely incorporated, just enough so it won’t fly out when you beat the mixture.
*Beat in the heavy cream. You can adjust the consistency with more cream if too thick or more powdered sugar if too thin.
*Spread over the top and sides of the cake.


  1. That recipe's worth even more!

    1. Thanks for the compliment but oh, the ingredients that money would buy!

  2. It's a COMPLETE win-win... and oh my gosh, so is that cake! LOVE!

  3. Sounds fair to me.

    Will you split the winnings with me?

    1. I'm sure I could find it in my heart to share. After all, Warren's all about philanthropy.

  4. the best one I have ever seen and you are right...a total win no matter what.

    1. Who doesn't win with chocolate, coffee, and a pile of money, after all?

  5. Oh, I laughed! And Laughed! Must share this . . .

  6. Baking something chocolate will always win. It's a law of nature!
    One thing, though: if you see anyone from my family, PLEASE hide that awesome cake. I just put the freshly washed bed linens back on...

    1. Don't need to worry about hiding the cake, around here it's usually gone before it's cool!

  7. omg, I SO WANT AND NEED this cake. It looks amazing. Absolutely amazing.

    mmmmn. ;)

    1. You may need to readjust your schedule from walk/runs to full out runs cause this cake is addicting. And not fat free!

  8. Perfect! A little from List A and a little from List B. I'd bake something chocolate and then HIDE with it!
    That truly is a wonderful recipe, Karen. The frosting is calling to me....

    1. Yes, perfect, it should have been a tie: bake something chocolate AND hide!

  9. YOU. ARE. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!
    Best thing I have read in a long time!! HILARIOUS!!!!

  10. Mmmmm...loving and sharing cake love my friend!

  11. I am all about baking chocolate, it's always a winner with me!

    1. I know, you can't go wrong with chocolate around my house. Coffee's a winner too!

  12. Um, eat glass? How did that get in there?

    1. Caught that one, huh? Truth is, sometimes I think it would be less painful to eat glass than to check my kids' grades.

  13. I so love your sense of humor. I have missed reading your blog. We lost our baby so I took about a month away from blogging to grieve. I definitely think you should try at that bracket one of these days by the way! :)

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss, Brittnei. Glad to see you back.

  14. I've been looking for a recipe to make, after we are settled into the new house (so you know, some time next year), and ding ding ding... I do believe we have a winner!

  15. I thought brackets either a support piece, I think that right or [ ]. I guess I don’ know brackets.


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