This year I was a tad busy at work the week of Daniel's birthday. So I took great pleasure in making his cake because I find baking relaxing. (I wish I found yoga or pilates relaxing - the health benefits of these pursuits versus baking sweet, sticky concoctions that beg to be consumed fresh out of the oven are obvious, no?) So. Cake. I think I used a Cook's Illustrated recipe to make this cake. I honestly can't remember, that's how busy I was that week. I have a vague memory of multiple cookbooks being flung open across my kitchen island while I searched for a recipe that promised to be simple yet tasty. I remember that I watched an episode or two of Monk while I was mixing the cake and while it was baking because I've developed something of a Monk-fixation this Summer thanks to Netflix. I also know that I used a Canadian Living Recipe for the icing because I was quite happy with how it turned out and made sure to create a Bookmark for the recipe. You can never have too many good recipes for chocolate icing, in my opinion. It might be a bit sweet for some tastes but we liked it just fine Chez Robinson. Particularly Patrick, who tends to eat all of the icing first, or save it as a treat for last depending on his mood!
Chocolate Icing Recipe - from Canadian Living
1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, softened
1 oz (28 g) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
4 tsp (18 mL) hot water
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
In bowl, beat sugar with butter; beat in chocolate, hot water and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.