Adventures in the Kitchen with Michelle

Continuing the Al-La-Palooza week, here’s Michelle with an alternative to that leftover wedding cake!

So, Al-La-Paloosa is over and my favorite, and very healthy and very thin Auntie has brought me Wedding Cake leftovers. OMG – it’s like Night of the Living Dead Diet. It sit’s in it’s box and moans and growls and calls to me! It’s cut up in pieces, bleeding it’s orange buttercream trimmings…Nooooooo! OK, well maybe just a piece of the white cake…. AGH! Then it leaps from the container, completely unprovoked I might add, and lands on my face! UmmmNummNuuuuum! I can’t take it. I got so many compliments on my new slightly smaller waistline that I’m even more empowered to go further…then there’s that damned cake. Back! Back to the freezer I say! OK, where was I? Oh yea, my diet…that ginormous cake had three flavors, one of which was a dark chocolate with fudge filling. Complete chocolate overload – and I’m Jonsing bad! I need a fix…where’s my mixer?  Let’s go.
Chocolate Wedding Cake Zombie Apocalypse Cookie
Step 1: Gather the cast of characters, and light that fire (350 please)
1/2 Cup Truvia Baking Blend
1/2 Tbl Molasses
2 Tbl Butter, melted
1 Egg white
2 Tbl Applesauce
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 Cup Dark Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/8 tsp Salt
1 tsp finely chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp Instant Espresso *

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Step 2: You know the drill, mix the wet and then mix the dry and add the dry into the wet…but here’s the *optional flavor enhancer.

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Step 3: I chose the espresso powder this time. Take the powder in a tiny pinch bowl or shot glass – I know you have one or two! – and add a couple drops of warm water to dissolve. Or you can bring the heat with a pinch of cayenne pepper! Oh yes it plays very well with chocolate! Careful, a little goes a long ways. (but not both together – we’re enhancing the flavor, not masking it)
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Step 4: A little dusting of walnuts. If you’re going the hot pepper route, use toasted pecans.

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Step 5: You did heat the oven to 350, right. OK, use that small cookie scoop and get them in the oven for about 10 min. There they are…smells like a wounded diet. NOT !

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Step 6: Check that out! These are moist and soooo satisfying. A bit more calories than my other healthy numbers at 72 cal, but I’m competing against fudge filled cake! Unfortunately, mounded on a plate they resemble Godzilla’s head! Hmm, let’s fix that…

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Step 7: That’s better. Like a soft Oreo…NO, I will not make icing for them!…but I may put one with a tiny bowl of vanilla frozen yogurt. Take That Wedding Cake Zombie!!! (doesn’t taste a thing like brains – please don’t ask me how I know that)
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Ohhhhh, sounnds good!  Sorry about wedding cake leftovers but it couldn’t stay on my island any longer!  Everytime the toddler came through the kitchen she said “caaaaaake” which meant cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Also gave a hunk to my neighbor with four kids and she called me evil as Maggie and I walked by her house yesterday!  Just trying to be neighborly!


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