Stripping away the rose colored glasses of denial concerning my reality. Getting in touch with truth. Reaching out to others in empathy concerning their reality and their walk to truth.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Birthday cake















My favorite cake! Sunday is my birthday and I'm having my favorite cake. I hope you can tell from the photo it is German Chocolate Cake! I've included history for those who partake of trivia. But for now let's talk about this wonderful, baking-in-the-oven as I type, cake. It's chocolate and that always makes me smile. No I don't have a recipe - this is Duncan Hines ~ signature ~ moist cake. I don't have to have one made from scratch to make me smile.

Oh the aroma is wafting down the hall to my studio. In just a few short minutes I'll remove my special birthday treat to the counter to cool. I've already sampled the icing ~ no problems anticipated. My happy spatula is there by the cooling tray. Charlie the chicken timer will give a holler once it's ready. Toothpicks, oven mitts, and anything else needed is soooo ready!!












This might very well be the last year I count. (Hahaha, you say?) It's a terrific number and one I shall never regret having met. And no - I won't tell you. I was once told, "a woman who will tell you her age will tell you anything." Okay I have no idea what that means - but I'm playing it this way. Oh wait... I hear Charlie ~ right on time. Before I go the trivia is below Charlie. I'm coming Charlie!!! ~"Happy birthday dear Dixie, tomorrow-but-we-can-have- cake-today ~ happy birthday to me...."













Contrary to popular belief, German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. Its roots can be traced back to 1852 when American Sam German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker's Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him.

On June 3, 1957, a recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" appeared as the "Recipe of the Day" in the Dallas Morning Star.[2] It was created by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker from 3831 Academy Drive, Dallas, Texas.[2] This recipe used the baking chocolate introduced 105 years prior and became quite popular. General Foods, which owned the Baker's brand at the time, took notice and distributed the cake recipe to other newspapers in the country. Sales of Baker's Chocolate are said to have increased by as much as 73% and the cake would become a national staple. The possessive form (German's) was dropped in subsequent publications, forming the "German Chocolate Cake" identity we know today and giving the false impression of a German origin.[3][4][5]

The recipe still remains popular to this day and has been adopted by baking companies. June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day in America.[6] Wikipedia.

YUM!

26 comments:

  1. Oooh! Happiest of B-days, Dixie! May it be your best one so far!
    I've never heard of the German Chocolate cake! What is in the icing?

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    1. Thank you Dezmond! The cake is all chocolate. The icing is coconut, pecan and caramel. It is so moist, so good... wish you were here to have some. It looks just like the photo!

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    2. Nom nom I do love caramel although I've never mixed it with coconut, it is intriguing. Did you now that I baked cake for money? :)
      Hope you're enjoying the birthday with the family and friends

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    3. Dezmond - I read an interview about your life interpreting novels and such - it was fascinating. I didn't know about the cake occupation - do tell.

      Just me, a bit cold, the rain coming down, and a cake!!. I'm still getting over that nasty cold so I won't venture out or entertain. Besides, I wouldn't risk exposing someone to my coconut-pecan laden breath! Tee hee.

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    4. You have the cakes same place where you found the interview link :)

      Sorry to hear it, dear, I know the feeling. You don't have a family or they just couldn't be around today?

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    5. Not sure what you mean. I googled Dezmond and one link was an interview. The cake mix came from the store. I used the photo from the cake company because it looks like what I made. lol. :)

      It's still raining. Two friends came by bearing gifts - nice surprise. Family is always distant. No hubby, no kids - such is life. But I'm thankful for what I have! :))

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    6. Not googling, you have DEZZ ON TOUR button under my headbanner with all my interviews and guest posts among them my cooking ones :)

      Same situation here! It is difficult not having a family, but it is what it is.

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    7. Holy moly - all the comforts of home in one site!!! I'll go play seek and find. Yep, it is what it is.

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  2. Happy Birthday Dixie!
    Enjoy your day.....and your cake!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thank you BBC. Glad you could visit me. Hope the weekend is kind to you.

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  4. let me be the fourth person to wish you a happy birthday. maybe next year i can aim for third or higher.

    (never tell a cop to f-off if he asks for your birthday.)

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    1. Thanks Billy - wise words. Glad you stopped over.

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  5. Hi human, Dixie,

    My human, Gary, has told me that you are way younger than him! :) Gary and I both know that it's your birthday on Sunday. We hope that the parade in your honour is its usual spectacular success.

    Evidently, Black Forest cake is not made out of a Black Forest. However, if you eat an upside down cake, you end up upside down or is that right side up...

    Have a peaceful, pawsitive birthday, human Dixie! x

    Penny :)

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    1. Well hi there Penny! I'm pawsitively happy you stopped by. No parade this year - it's too cold. I've never made a Black Forest cake - they look complicated. Give Gary a big hello and have yourselves a great weekend.

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  6. Man, that cake looks good! Have a slice for me too, okay? Happy happy birthday!

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    1. I'm gonna have a piece for everybody darlin'. Thanks Lady in Purple!!

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  7. Happy birthday Dixie! I hope you have a great day. Maybe you could send a piece of virtual cake over to "A Day in the Life"! Looks delicious. Enjoy!
    Very Best Birthday Wishes to you,
    from your blogging pal,
    David.

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    1. Blogging pal, indeed! Good to hear from you sir. My addle mind awaits something tasty from over at your side of the pond! You mustn't let Klahanie and Bazza rule the zone. We need thoughts sir - the contemplative kind.
      Thank you so much for visiting me, David. Your best wishes are always appreciated.
      Most sincerely,
      Dixie

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  8. Happy birthday and enjoy that cake. It looks and sounds delicious, I can almost smell it myself!

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    1. Ah Suzanne - then you know I'm in seventh heaven! So glad you visited me. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  9. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful year ... and decade.

    A coincidence or sorts; My wife (German born) is baking a chocolate cake at this very moment. It's for our daughter-in-law's birthday.

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    1. Okay Mike - that is all too spooky for me! Wow - on three fronts, no less. I don't why this should surprise me? After all it seems to follow you wherever you go!!
      Thank you - I await your next mysterious post. Hope you enjoyed the weekend.

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  10. Damn, where's my slice of cake? I think you are very much younger than I and I don't have any trouble admitting I am 76. I never had any trouble I was any age. What does it matter? I guess I do tell everything in my blog anyway LOL

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    1. Hi Jo. You are so funny! You have shrimp - I have cake - there should be something we could do?! I have been sitting here for 20 minutes, laughing at your comment. The sun is not even up yet but you have already made my day! Hope you had a great weekend!

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