Saved by the bell….

*My Zumba dancing is so bad that it made my neighbors move. Or at least that is what I secretly hope. I do stomp extra loud for them. Now before you feel sorry for them know that they smoke out on their patio and we live in a completely smoke free place…not even parking lot. And from 8 am to 10pm daily they play their music so loud my floor vibrates (hence my Zumba retaliation).

*I may turn into a jelly bean I have eaten sooo many lately. If possible I think I ate my weight in them this week and going to two of me. :) Seriously, someone hide them from me. It’s very bad that Easter is around the corner.

*I have an urge to buy a cookbook anyone have a good suggestion for one?

*People like some seriously ugly stuff on Pinterest.

*Oreo came out with a Birthday Cake Oreo. I have heard mixed reviews…but that won’t stop me from trying.

*Being back to hockey is so nice. My arm isn’t 100% but it’s not bothered during hockey. Plus this girl got a new stick for Valentine’s and I am pretty sure the goalies in the league should be worried. :)

*The soda fountain Coke dispensers that have over 100 flavors are beyond cool. Sprite Zero comes in a bunch of flavors too…like peach! I love the peach!

*I have to stop smiling at people. I really am starting to understand why people go around frowning all the time. Today I smiled at a man sitting next to me at the allergy clinic. Bad choice. Did I get hit on (and who wouldn’t hit on me wearing my two sizes too big sweats and Flames sweatshirt)? No, I got a lecture about God. Let’s just say I am pretty sure this guy thought he was not going to be left behind in the rapture. Ugh.

*There is no market for selling your dog’s lesser vital organs. Darn.

*Two of the nicest people you ever met married each other today, wish them nothing but the best!

*I hate ad revenue for January and February, it’s downright depressing. Thank goodness for bulk Ramen. :) Well not quite that bad yet.

*I’ve never had a Honey Bell Orange until Harry and David sent me one in my Fruit of the Month box. They are awesome. Awesome. And oh yeah, awesome. I decided to make a hot water chocolate cake…but use orange juice instead. Gives the cake a hint of orange in all the right places. And anything with ganache has to be good. :)

*Have a happy and safe three day weekend to those in the states.



Chocolate Honey Bell Orange Cake with Ganache

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and at room temperature
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (I used Harry and David Honey Bell Oranges)

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment add eggs, milk, buttermilk, melted chocolate, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Put fresh orange juice into a small sauce pan and bring to a quick boil. Add to mixer and mix on low speed until incorporated.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix on low-medium speed until fully incorporated.

Pour the thin batter into a greased and floured 13x9x2-inch baking pan or two greased and floured 9-inch layer cake pans or three greased and floured 8-inch layer cake pans.

Bake at 350° for about 35 minutes for a rectangular cake or 30 to 35 minutes for layers. A wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center should come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan on rack then remove from pan and cool completely.

Chocolate Orange Ganache

1 cup heavy whipping cream
Zest of one orange (again I used the Honey Bell)
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

Place the chocolate into a medium bowl.

Heat the cream and orange zest in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil pour cream through a strainer to remove zest pieces.
Once strained, immediately pour orange infused cream our over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes and then frost cake.

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  1. Judy Krist says:

    Pea, we have a 3 day weekend in Ontario too, Monday is Family Day for us, love this post, keep dancing

  2. Ooooooo, yummy! So what makes the honeybell so awesome, is it super sweet or just a unique flavor?

  3. Oh P, you know who I’ve been taken by lately? That guy Warren Brown. He is the writer of Cake Love and United Cakes of America–the later is what I love most.
    Also, love “Sweets: Soul Food Desserts” by patti pinner. Wonderful old school desserts.

  4. Zoomba away girl! Apartment life is rough sometimes. I used to have a neighbor above me who had a kid or something that was forever bouncing a ball, that repetitive sound can make one go nuts, that and their daily vacuuming at 5 in the am.

  5. Some Canadians get a 3 day weekend too. Several provinces are celebrating Family Day. I look forward to the extra sleep in. Wonder if we’re going to get Birthday Cake Oreo’s… some of the good stuff just doesn’t get shipped up here.

  6. Sounds like you have had some interesting expiriences withing the past few days. I actually get a four-day weekend! Thank you teacher inservice days! :) But I’m actually taking the four-day weekend to my advantage by visiting some out of tate colleges.

    This cake looks yummu, and that orange looks weird, but cool at the same time. :P

  7. Coke dispenser you say? Where is this located?

    Hey, randomly, how come whenever I make a homemade vanilla cake (as in bday cake), no matter what the recipe is it tastes like sweet cornbread? What IS that? Next time I know better to come here for a recipe.

    Happy three day weekend!

  8. That ganache looks amazing. Well, the whole cake does, actually. I’m on the hunt for a cake recipe for my son’s first birthday party- maybe this is the one! :)

  9. I tried honeybells from QVC a couple years ago and was very disappointed. They were dry and didn’t have a lot of flavor. The birthday cake oreos were way too sweet for me…and usually nothing is too sweet.

  10. I haven’t had those oranges before, but now I want some so I can make this fabulous cake!

  11. Have a great long week-end. I hope your Zumba retaliation works:)Yummy looking cake!

  12. You need to work some Zumba magic on my neighbors … they are in the house next door so no shared floor/ceiling to stomp on, but I think you could pull it off. :) Orange + chocolate is one of my favorite flavors! That cake looks scrumptious.

  13. Yum!

    I’m glad your obnoxious neighbors are gone.

  14. Thanks for brightening my day with this one … *There is no market for selling your dog’s lesser vital organs. Darn.

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