After being out of town for work for 4 of the past 6 weeks, I’m super happy to be back home and to be staying here for a good while. I love traveling and meeting new people, but there’s nothing that compares to the comfort of your own home. Sleeping in my own bed next to Jeremy with the dogs curled up at my feet, hanging out with all our friends, catching up on yard work and getting my hands dirty out in the garden—I have my roots here, and it feels so good to be able to feel firmly planted and stationary for a bit! Jeremy and I are catching up on remodeling the garage (soooooo close to the finish line with this project!), and I’m working on a separate fun little project for you all that I hope to have ready by the end of November. Will keep you posted!! 😀
As for this cake, I came to making it via my awesome friend Annabel. She’s from the Melbourne area of Australia and gifted me this *insanely* delicious Australian cookbook called Phillippa’s Home Baking, and in it was a recipe for chocolate buttermilk cake that sounded + looked out of this world (I was immediately sold by the accompanying photograph of a barely-visible single layer of cake nearly completely coated in melty chocolate ganache). I decided to try my hand at it, but made it a bit larger to create a multi-tiered cake instead of a single one (why have only one chocolate cake when you can essentially have three???), and added a little espresso to it just ’cause. And by ’cause I mean because espresso and chocolate taste absolutely bonkers good together.
So, I dove into the recipe, converting all the Australian measurements to American ones, and crossed my fingers that it would come out okay after all the conversions. It looked fine after I took it out of the oven, but the real test came after I finished taking pictures of it and got to sit down and dive right on in. And good LORD. It was so, so, SOOoooOOoo good. Dense. Moist. Rich. Fudge-y. Decadent. Mouthwatering. Pretty much all the adjectives that can apply to the perfect chocolate cake. This is now my new go-to chocolate cake recipe, and I hope that it becomes yours, too!!