Does anyone else feel like there is a ridiculous number of birthdays in the months of August, September and October? Not only was my big day last week, but I've already been to two birthday dinners for other people in the past two days alone. How am I supposed to keep my girlish figure when I'm constantly forced to attend b-day celebrations??
Along those lines, though, I baked a cake last night in honor of a friend's birthday. And it was all sorts of tasty! And the the best part is, it was sweetened with sucralose so it's low in calories. Woot!
Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup hot strong black coffee
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 10 cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
2. Blend flour, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt in large mixing bowl.
3. Combine buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and coffee in a small bowl.
4. Add flour to mixture, using an electric mixer on medium speed, mix until Smooth (about 2 minutes).
5. Pour batter into cake pan or bundt pan.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until an inserted toothpick in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.
And now that we've discussed sugar-free dieting, can we stray from that topic just long enough to discuss my new favorite show? Have any of you been watching Glee, the new comedy-drama television series on Fox? If not, please do yourselves a favor and start tuning in. I've been hooked since the pilot, but each week I'm falling more and more in love with the show. So far, musical numbers have featured songs ranging from Queen to Journey to Bell Biv Devoe...now you know. Hee. Anyway, last night's episode was the best one yet, mostly because it featured the amazing Kristin Chenoweth as Will's former high school crush. Between the tear-inducing "Maybe This Time," the fantastic version of Heart's "Alone," and the final number, Queen's "Somebody to Love," well, let's just say it's official, y'all...I'm hooked! That show-stopping Queen cover was just about one of the best things I've seen on television in a long time. Don't take my word for it, though. Check it out yourself. And please start watching...I don't want to see this show also go the way of my dearly departed Pushing Daisies.