02 February 2009

cakes continued.

after reading your favorite cake recipes, i headed out and bought the ingredients for a few of them. (i was keeping my options open. would it be the red velvet, the perfect chocolate, or the tunnel of fudge.. hmm.) i was so excited with the delicious ideas and all the additions to my cookbook. (thank you.)

but of course, i wanted to give dan first choice. (after i'd narrowed the choices down. so i seduced him with words like death by chocolate, silky red velvet, fudgey goodness, and he almost took the bate.) then he asked why i wasn't making his hobbit cake. oh yeah, that cake. the classic bundt cake i make every year. i had conveniently forgot about that cake. what was i thinking? it's moist and delicious. it's tried and true and dan loves it. and with the help of pam with flour, it comes out of the pan beautifully. (but this cake has no fudge swirls or cream cheese frosting or red food coloring!!)

by then the guilt of dreaming up my perfect birthday cake started gnawing at me. so after dan assured me he did indeed want that same ol' cake again. i told him, okay, the hobbit cake it is. i mean he is the birthday boy afterall. lesson learned. let him have his hobbit cake and eat it too. (i'll be saving the red velvet for valentine's.)

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake
{aka Dan's Hobbit Cake}

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups sifted flour

Streusel Mix
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cups pecans/walnuts (optional)
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (i like the mini chips)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, cream butter & sugar together until smooth. Add eggs & sour cream, baking powder, salt, soda & vanilla. Gradually add flour & mix well. Combine streusel ingredients in a small bowl. After greasing a tube pan (otherwise known as an angel food cake pan or a bundt pan works too) well (with Pam spray) add 1/3 of the batter into pan. Then sprinkle 1/4 of streusel mix into it. Alternate layers of cinnamon mixture & batter into the greased pan. Bake 45-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or simply a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Treat yourself + your sweetheart.

here are your awesome cake suggestions.
ooh la la.

hershey's perfectly chocolate chocolate cake.
one bowl chocolate cake.
mrs. milman's chocolate cake.
chocolate cake w/ caramel filling.
triple chocolate cake.
far from disaster chocolate cake.
tunnel of fudge cake.
peanut butter chocolate fudge cake.
soft-centered chocolate tortini.

moist yellow cake.
red velvet cake.
vanilla rich chip cake.


Ann said...

now i'm curious why it's called a hobbit cake?

marta said...

to answer your question, my hubby lovingly refers to it as a Hobbit Cake because according to the great Tolkien, hobbits have the habit of eating round cakes. mmm.

talesofahummingbird said...

maybe you can try the red velvet in a bundt pan. :)
my hubby does the same - but his request is even "worse" (in my mind its worse, HE loves it): funfetti cake. from the box. and while the cake is just pathetic, i LOVE that he will never really grow up. :)

holly said...

My husband likes yellow cake (store bought- box brand) with chocolate frosting. But this year I tried a recipe from The Magnolia Bakery cookbook and I swear by it- The Magnolia Bakery will never disapoint.

whit said...


KJ said...

I suddenly want to bake. Very rare. I definitely want some cake. Not rare.

Jake said...

Happy birthday, Dan! I always thought Tolkien fans were freaks til I met you.

Anonymous said...

Mmm. This looks delicious. And, fancy that, it's dessert time...

Christine said...

ooh, so many cake recipes in one place!

also, my mr. darcy card came in the mail yesterday and it is sooo lovely! thanks!

Susan said...

merci for all the fab cake linkage !!

summer said...

that moist yellow cake looks too good to be true.
and I can't wait to have hobbit cake!
i will have to make up an occasion to bake it & soon.
thanks, marta!

Anonymous said...

Ah boy, I love trying out new cakes! That looks absolutely delicious and I'm definitely going to have to try it out soon. Great post Marta, thanks for sharing!

Travelin'Oma said...

You have the cutest bowls!

Anonymous said...

ok - that looks amazing & your blog is adorable.

Genevieve said...

I just recently came across your blog and now check it almost daily. I just made your Hobbit cake for my boyfriend and he loved it...he's a hard man to please when it comes to baked goods...so much thanks to you, it's a new staple dessert around here!

Cat said...

you're going to say that it took me a long time but I finally tried the hobbit cake! It is an instant classic! My husband loved it and I now understand why Dan loves it! Thanks for sharing!

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