Daily Archives: May 10, 2008

Chocolate Raspberry Torte for Happy Mother’s Day

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.  I baked a cake.  The mother isn’t supposed to bake her OWN Mother’s Day cake is she? hmmmmm…but then we are celebrating my younger son Richard’s birthday also.  I wanted to try this new cake so its his cake and a Mother’s Day cake for sharing with my mother and daughter-in-law.  I wanted to share this recipe with you.  Its from a great Duncan Hines Cake Magic book.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

1 Dark Chocolate cake mix


2 cups whip cream

1/2 cup icing/powder sugar

1 cup raspberry jam


1-1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup sour cream

Raspberries and chocolate curls for decoration

Mix and bake the cake following directions on box  in 2  – 8″ or 9″ pans that have been greased.  Allow to cool.  Slice the cakes in half.

Whip the cream with the icing sugar until stiff peaks form.

Over a double boiler melt the chocolate chips.  Remove from heat and mix in the sour cream.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake   Begining with the bottom of the cake spread 1/3 cup of raspberry jam and 1/3 of the whip cream.  Continue with each layer of cake except for the top one which you place on with the cut side underneath.  Frost the top and sides of cake with the chocolate icing.  Add raspberries to the top and chocolate swirls.   Beautiful and so delicious.  Raspberries and chocolates go so nicely together.  You could substitute with strawberries and strawberry jam as well.

I want to wish all the mothers a very Happy and gracious Mother’s Day

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Great KENO ticket….horrible ticket….

ALMOST $50,000. richer

Do you buy lottery or scratch tickets?   At work I collect the $ and purchase  Lotto 649 tickets every Wednesday for 16 of us.   We win free tickets and $10.0 or $5.00 here and there.  In February we won $1000. but divided by 15 we had just short of $63. It felt good though.

This Wednesday I decided to purchase a KENO scratch ticket for myself.  You scratch numbers from the KENO board and then you scratch those numbers from your playing tables on the ticket.  One number can be found in different tables as well.  I couldn’t believe my luck…great ticket…horrible ticket!  If you look at the bottom $50,000. table you can see the pink number “30” sitting there unscratched.  I had all the other 9 numbers.  Had that number 30 been up in the KENO board on the right top I would have been $50,000. richer.   :o(    thats all I want to say on that topic….

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Amy Butler and Canvas Bag

New Canvas Bag

I used 2 lovely, co-ordinating, paisley Amy Butler fabrics and combined that with canvas for a new bag.  It has a pocket running along the front and back and pinned down with a covered button.    Exterior Pocket and Covered Button  Although the canvas holds its shape nicely I did use some heavier fleece interfacing as well.  I’m pleased with the look.  It may find its way to my shop.

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Mother’s Day Cookies

Baking Cookies      Madeline sprinkling sugar cookies

Madeline, my almost 4 year old granddaughter, was over while her mom and dad went out on a “date” evening.  We had dinner and then we decorated and baked sugar cookies for Mother’s Day.  I had bright sprinkles in pink, purple, majestic yellow and brilliant blue.  We rolled them out together and she cut them with either a large icecream cone, teapot or heart mold.  I laid a frosting of icing sugar and lemon juice on the cookie and then she sprinkled different coloured sprinkles on the cookies.  The cookies on the average had 3 different colours.  She couldn’t understand why her hands were turning a brown colour from those beautiful colours but I guess thats what you get with that mix.  Tadaaa Wrapped Up Cookies I wrapped them in pretty bags with ribbon and Sunday she can give one each to the mothers and to her Uncle Richard who’s birthday we’ll also be celebrating.  shhhhhhhhh its our secret about the cookies.     


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