Happy Mother’s Day (2017) … Fudgy Chocolate Cake

In many households, dads barbecue to save mom from having to cook on this, their special day. Which you might think is a very considerate thing to do.

My question is … who does the dishes and cleanup, let alone did the shopping, for what gets bbq’d?

Dad?

I DON’T think so. ๐Ÿ™‚

For all the mothers (step-mothers, foster mothers, grandmothers etc) out there, I hope you had a great day surrounded by your loved ones. Who show their appreciation to you for all you do, year round.

I made a fudgy chocolate cake yesterday which many mothers would appreciate. Instead of a cake however, I made a dozen cupcakes and two mini cakes that would serve two people. They were frosted very simply with a ganache (whipping cream and chocolate) and there’s a pretty strawberry sauce to go with it.

Strawberry Sauce – makes about a cup of sauce

3 tbsp water
2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
3 tbsp granulated sugar
a squeeze of lemon juice (it’ll liven up the flavour of the sauce)

Stir together the water and cornstarch in a small bowl until combined.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together the cornstarch mixture, sliced strawberries, lemon juice and sugar.

Bring mixture to a simmer, whisking frequently and cook for a minute or two. Cool for 5 minutes.

Puree in a food processor.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl.

I bbq’d a sirloin steak, a large pork chop, several pork souvlaki skewers for the rest of the week and some pineapple rings. The steak was served with a baked potato (cooked in the microwave and finished on the bbq), sauteed white mushrooms and a simple salad.

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Cupcakes and frosting

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11 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day (2017) … Fudgy Chocolate Cake

  1. What a scrumptious meal you had for Mother’s Day. Did you eat dessert first? I would have. Those chocolate cakes looks awesome! Hope you had a great day!

    1. Thank you. It was a perfect day, sunny and warm. As to the cake, I made it the day before and took pictures. I DID eat half of the cake and then waited to have the remaining half after the meal. Didn’t even eat one of the dozen cupcakes … gave away half the frosted ones and the rest are still in the freezer.

      I’m not actually a big dessert person and chocolate isn’t my favourite flavour. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. The chocolate cup cakes are a perfect treat for any celebration, it’s nice that you gave them away (lucky friends). Your BBQ steak looks absolutely amazing, we just had a steak (shared a 7oz while in Stratford on Friday) so I’ll put having another on hold for the time being.

    1. I envy you your trip to Stratford. I hear both Romeo and Juliet and Guys and Dolls are amazing. I wish I could go this year as I haven’t been in a while.

      I always have treats in my freezer so I’m not deprived, and I prefer having more variety, so giving away half or more of things I bake works out in my favour. I’m thinking of making some cream puffs or panna cotta or flan this long weekend.

      As to that big steak, I only had half of it for that meal. The rest ended up being a work lunch the next day. I still have 2 more in the freezer to bbq the next time we have a nice weekend. (NOT this one as I was still feeling punky on Saturday and it’s cold and wet today.)

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