Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chocolate Cake and Friendships

#World Food Championships 2015 was for me one of those life changing events.  It caused me to take a really good look at myself, my life, friendships and my cooking!  Since all of those things are tied up into one not so tidy package...namely me....reevaluating one area certainly effects the others.

I have always believed the friendships I've made in the foodie community are much more important than any contest win!  But some things, I guess really a lot of little things, happened to make me realize it's OK to live this philosophy openly and that sometimes its necessary to put certain people and friendships in a less important place in my life; especially people who feel the contest win is everything and friendships take second place!

So emotionally I did say good-by to a couple of people with whom I thought I shared a special and good friendship. NO I didn't make a big deal out of it, I have just backed away both emotionally and physically.  It's really about making certain changes within myself; not about anyone else.

Anyway a most amazing thing happened.  I got to know and spend time with truly beautiful women that are a huge plus in my life and I hope I add to theirs too. The amazing, kind, gentle, talented and fun Donna Tillman Bardocz I have "known" since our RWOP days four/five years ago but we had never met in person, Rebecka Evans is another foodie friend who I spent time with in person for the first time ever and can't wait to see her again.  Oh and she is also grace under pressure; I acted as her sous chef....and she remained calm, collected and caring the entire time!  Mary Edwards is a hoot in real life and I could definitely hang with her at any time and hope I get to again soon! I have to mention again how grateful I am to have connected with Lori Cripe Mclain...she is the real deal!!! Merry Graham, our foodie community queen, is a consummate pro when it comes to contesting and as sweet inside as the cake I'm sharing with you today! 

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake is really super easy to's very dense and chocolaty...almost brownie like.  For the #WFC 2105 I topped each slice with whipped cream marbled with raspberry coulis....gorgeous but you can top it with a bit of ice cream instead or nothing at all...this cake stands alone!
Me...I'm standing up for true friendships!!!!  Oh and baking a lot of Ultimate Chocolate Cakes along the way!

Ultimate Chocolate Cake 
Just the moistest, richest chocolate tart you will ever have!
Yield: 1 Tart/ 8 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Dark Chocolate 7 ounces
  • Powdered Sugar   1 1/2 cups
  • Butter 12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • Flour 3 Tablespoons 
  • 4 Eggs
  • Pinch of Salt
  •  Butter & Cocoa Powder for the baking dish
1.       Preheat oven to 335
2.       Chop Chocolate & melt over simmering water
3.       Add butter & sugar; mix together
4.       Add 1 egg & 3 yolks
5.       Add the flour
6.       Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff
7.       Gently fold into the chocolate mixture
8.       Butter and cocoa powder the baking pan
9.       Bake 45-50 minutes

 Don't forget this is the perfect dessert for Valentines Day!!!


  1. I'm so blessed to finally meet you in person and enjoy the honor of your presence in my kitchen for Top Ten Bacon challenge! Talk about grace under pressure; you're the real deal my friend! I couldn't have gotten through the first few moments of drama in our kitchen without my fiesty friend! Feeling your strength and knowing you skills as a chef, gave me confidence and turned what could have been a disaster into a 4th place 2015 World Food Championship win! I'm forever grateful my friend!! You are a true friend!!

    1. Rebecka, it's YOU that pulled it all off beautifully! Next time you will take the win! AND I hope I'm there as one of your sous chefs again!!!

  2. I am so very blessed to have finally met you in person...what a dynamite package you are KC ! You not only are beautiful and full of are kind and nurturing and a true teacher and friend ! I may never win a contest, but I came out a winner getting to know you....and of course had one fine blast ! miss you and miss this I will be making it !!!!❤️😊