Easter (Bread) Coffee Cake 2014

 

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I know, I know I haven’t blogged for months but it is Easter bread day and it feels like a tradition and I was able to go outside and take a photo with lovely lighting.  It was also very delicious,…but is not really bread. It is strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake (this recipe is basically the same one I used).

This breaks some of my rules; luckily they are my rules so I can break them. I don’t really buy strawberries or rhubarb off-season and I also don’t buy them from the supermarket. To me they are the bounty of early spring/summer to be anticipated, eaten to exhaustion while found each week fresh and delicious from the farmers market, then forgotten about until the following year. But I wanted this coffee cake today! It just tastes like spring to me and we all need a little spring around here. I found some fresh, although really really large, rhubarb and then used a combo of fresh and frozen strawberries, all from the store.

Even with the inferior fruit, it was still very delicious (btw coffee cake is all butter)… still not really bread. I ate a lot of it. Rob and Ron ate some but I really ate the lion’s share. I just can’t say no to strawberries and rhubarb! To be extra spring-tacular it was so nice outside we ate our Easter brunch on the porch. Happy.

Ugly Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

chocolatecupcakesI didn’t want to leave my house last night but I wanted to cook something…because it relaxes me. So I made chocolate cupcakes. This is kind of dumb because I don’t really like cake. I only made half a batch and I did eat a couple but now I still have 10 of them and I don’t want them. Also because I’m a lousy baker, they are kind of ugly.  I still only have dark chocolate cocoa so they look like they could be licorice cupcakes…yuck.

This may actually be the first time I’ve made chocolate cake. I’ve made other types of cake but not kind of standard chocolate. I also have made icing in the past but not frosting although as you can see from the photo that it did not work so well.