Getting Ready For Christmas

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 

Mocha Chiffon Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ¾ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 8 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Chocolate-Coffee Buttercream filling
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting
  • Garnish: chocolate-covered coffee beans

 Stir together first 3 ingredients until blended; cool.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add cocoa mixture, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Fold into batter. Pour batter into 4 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

Bake, 2 layers at a time, at 325 degrees F for 17 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks covered with plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent layers from adhering to racks.

Spread about ½ cup chocolate-coffee buttercream filling between layers. Frost with chocolate fudge frosting. Garnish, if desired. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 1 (9 inch) layer cake.

 Chocolate-coffee buttercream filling:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 2 tsp. coffee liqueur

 Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Microwave whipping cream at Medium until warm (do not boil). Stir together warm cream and coffee granules until dissolved, cool. Add whipping cream mixture and liqueur to butter mixture, beating until smooth. Yield: 1 ¾ cups.

 Chocolate fudge frosting:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk

 Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cocoa and remaining ingredients, beating until smooth. Yield: 3 ½ cups.

 Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

 THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Christmas In July

Fruitcake Cookies

 

Fruitcake Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 5 dozen pecan halves (optional)

 Method:

Combine shortening, sugar and egg in a large bowl, stirring well; stir in buttermilk. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir into brown sugar mixture. Stir in dates, pecans and cherries; cover and chill 1 hour. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Top each cookie with a pecan half, if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 5 dozen

 Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

 THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

www.thasc.com