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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake


Nothing is more decadent than a homemade chocolate cake. I like to make mine in mini-bundt pans or muffin tins so they are portion-controlled. And I always skip on the frosting if I'm making it just for myself. Of course if you are making it for guests, I say skip the frosting and use chocolate ganache and chocolate shavings for an extra wow factor.

If you don't want to make it entirely from scratch, you can amp up a box mix by swapping out the water for milk and the oil for butter.

The following recipe is adapted from Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake recipe. I have swapped out the milk for buttermilk. You can use plain nonfat milk if you wish.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cupsall-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoonsalt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F.  Grease your baking pans and dust with cocoa powder instead of flour.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.


Easy Chocolate Ganache Topping:

If you want to cover the cake with a quick and easy ganache instead of frosting, simply melt a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave (on high, one minute at a time) for a few minutes, then add a few tablespoons of unsalted butter (must be real butter) and stir until completely melted and incorporated.

Spoon the melted chocolate on top of the cake or mini cakes and use the bottom-side of a large spoon to spread the chocolate (starting from the middle and working in a circular motion) until the chocolate begins to drip down the sides. Then use a zester or grater and a bar of chocolate to sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Looks so good! I love Hershey Chocolate and I love cake so this is the perfect fit for me!

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  2. One can never have too much chocolate, after all....

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