sometimes you just need chocolate cake

Seriously, is there anything more festive than cake? I just love cake. I even love that word. Cake cake cake! So anyway, every Monday we do family supper with our neighbor friends. Family supper ALWAYS includes dessert. I didn’t have much food in the house, but I did have a cake mix! I doctored it a little bit by adding some cocoa and some instant espresso powder to the mix, and because I like tall mini cakes, I baked the cake in two 6″ round cake pans. The frosting recipe is from the Hershey’s cocoa can. Really simple, borderline trashy, but it’s cake.
On a completely different note, has anyone out there tried rush immunotherapy for allergies? I am very curious about it, but my allergist didn’t really explain all the details to me.

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17 Responses to sometimes you just need chocolate cake

  1. Erin says:

    I could not agree with you more. Looks so tasty.

  2. dude. I have been coveting that fish material on your previous post and staring at it for so long… it took you forever to update it. I love fish. so , why oh why oh why did you have to replace it with CHOCOLATE CAKE???? have you no compassion????
    put something MATCHA up, I am just not into the macha thing… unless I am sitting on some side street in Kyoto, looking at a temple and munching on some dango.

  3. Lydia says:

    I could use some chocolate these days…so I’m going to Europe in a few days to get me some! Ha!

  4. Susan M says:

    Love the cake, M! I’m inspired today by this, so I may bake one, too. I really like the Austrian and Swiss chocolate from Aldi. So you have an Aldi out there? It’s the best AND the most inexpensive chocolate I’ve found. Speaking of your cake, though, my daughter would say that any kind of frosting is good. ANY. Wish I knew about rush immunotherapy…I’m going to have to go google that now. Oh, and I guess Dylan is Kelly’s baby-daddy.

  5. pupule says:

    Yum! I agree. I also have a thing for a good pie as well.

  6. water works says:

    My 4 year old daughter had a complete and total melt down yesterday evening because she wanted chocolate cake. And nothing but chocolate cake. It was a mantra, I tell you…for two hours.
    I want chocolate cake. I want chocolate cake.
    Umm, so tonight I am making that girl a cake. I had to wait a day because otherwise I’d just be letting a tantrum win and we can’t have that…

  7. Emiko says:

    Yum! That cake looks great! I love how high it is – perhaps it’s time I buy a set of 6″ pans to make ’em like that too.

  8. Melissa says:

    Hi Mariko, I’m a long time lurker.
    Immunotherapy basically is trying to tolerize your immune cells to the allergen so that these cells do not fire when they encounter it. The cells primarily responsible are called mast cells, they are full of inflammatory mediators that begin the cascade of your allergic reaction upon binding to the allergen and covered in high affinity IgE (high affinity = able to bind very tightly) that recognizes the allergen.
    While, in terms of research, there are still a lot of unknowns, it is suspected that an allergen can illicit a response because it is present in a very, very small dose. I think the theory behind immunotherapy is either to present the allergen at a high dose OR to modulate how other cells can control the mast cells response.
    Here’s a link to the mayo clinic and part way down the page is their description of immunotherapy:

  9. Amy says:

    Cake is good and that looks particularly wonderful. Now you’ve got me craving both cake and those smaller pans. I love that taller shape.

  10. Susan M says:

    Oh, M. I went to see what it is. Now I know. I will say only this: when I was a kid I had a series of allergy shots and my hair fell out. A friend in high school had the same thing happen to her. My doctors think I am crazy, but it’s true. It happened to both of us.

  11. oooooh caaaaake chocooolaaaaate caaaaaake. and what a perfect size… 6″ rounds stacked. gosh, i think i might have to make one too now.
    good luck with your allergens thing… being allergic to stuff is just no fun. i had a series of allergy test when i was young (pricks ont he back, shots in the arm) and they concluded i was allergic to dust. HAHAHAAHAHAHAH dust.

  12. marie says:

    cake! i love cake! and that cake looks like a “finger sticking into the frosting and licking it good”! awesome. just awesome. i’m experimenting with a chocolate chiffon cupcake recipe tonight and i’ll be thinking of you!

  13. Susan M says:

    M, did you try a neti pot?I tried it and thought it was pretty darn miraculous.

  14. Susan M says:

    Oooooh. One more thing! I have to show everybody this (speaking of chocolate cake and….pop rocks??!)…

  15. kristina says:

    Hey, there

  16. Justarabbit says:

    I read this post, then decided that I too needed chocolaty baked goodness. I only had one egg, so twas a half batch of brownies for me. I’d been waiting since the beginning of July to make brownies!

  17. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ve been on a mad cake baking spree over here, so it nice seeing more cakes (ones I did not bake). I was baking at midnight last night, and wooeee does that do a number on my ability to decorate!

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