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Tara’s Tutorials: Chocolate chocolate cake

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I am learning how to bake from my baking-expert sister-in-law, Tara.

We started off super easy with a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Tara did all the work while I observed and took notes; the husband took (most of) the pictures.

Next time, I’ll get my hands dirty while she tells me what to do.

That will probably be more fun for her.

This recipe comes from Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake. Tara has made it numerous times, making it a great beginning for our Tara’s Tutorial’s with Baking. 

Photo credit: Alan Nudi

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The best chocolate chip cookies

While I was making these cookies, I also prepared the dough for this recipe, as it has to sit for 24 to 36 hours (and the original recipe, which is here by the way, maintains that the dough can keep in the fridge for up to 72 hours).

These chocolate chip cookies were nothing short of wonderful.


  • 2 cups minus 2 tbsp cake flour*
  • 1 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into chunks**
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips**

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Oreo cream cheese cookies

Let me start this post off by saying that I am a cooker, not a baker. I have literally never tried to make cookies before, aside from helping my mom with Christmas cookies as a kid.

I found this cookie recipe on Bakestravaganza.com here, and I gave it a shot. They came out quite well. Okay, the second batch did.

Also, crushing Oreos can be really therapeutic.


  • 1 cup, unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dark mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups Oreo crumbles

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