Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chocolate Cake and Soccer Stars

I received this exciting piece of news in my e-mail yesterday:


Soccer stars Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan who spearheaded the U.S. women’s team to the World Cup final will be part of the race weekend activities at the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The trio will be part of a charity relay team on race day at the October 9 event.

All three of them, in Chicago, my city. I am super excited and I will be stalking them, don't you worry.

As many of you know, I am slightly obsessed with the U.S. Women's Soccer team.   They are strong, confident and completely awesome. 

Abby Wambach and I will be running in the same race.  I may even run beside her and we may high five.  Who knows, this could be the start of a lifelong friendship. 

The Huffington Post wrote about it here.



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I thought I would share the chocolate cake recipe with you that I made for Angela's birthday.  The one we ate half of last night.  It was incredibly delicious.  Below is the cake recipe I used, but they suggest a ganache as a topping.  I went with a vanilla frosting, regrettably, as it was a bit runny and more of a glaze than anything.  It was certainly tasty enough but it wasn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as this cake below. 

Side Note: I forgot to add the canola oil and guess what!  It turned out delicious!  I accidentally cut hundreds of calories and it was still fantastic. 



Just (Vegan) Chocolate Cake

1 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, Dutch-processed or regular (or a mix of both)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350?F.

Whisk together the soy milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla and almond extract and mix well.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add in two batches to wet ingredients and beat until no large lumps remain (a few tiny lumps are OK).

Lightly grease an 8 inch springform pan. Pour in the batter and bake for 32 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean.

Gooey (Vegan) Ganache

2/3 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
8 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

In a small saucepan bring the milk to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. Add the chocoate chips and maple syrup and mix with a fork. Turn heat off and mix until thoroughly melted. Let cool for about 15 minutes before using.

To assemble:

Just pour the ganache over the cooled cake and kind of tilt the cake at all angles to get the ganache to drip down the sides. Refrigerate to cool and set the ganache.

ENJOY!

28 comments:

  1. That's cool. You should totally stalk Alex Morgan and Co. I mean, a healthy kind of stalk, you know. Wambach won my respect back. After the fallout from the Hope Solo incident back in 08 I lost some respect for her but she proved herself to be about the team once more, not ostracizing teammates.

    I suspect the USWNT will travel at some point and play some friendlies, so they may play down in your neck of the woods. I'm hoping for a game at Home Depot Center so I can take my girls, who are also big fans (not quite stalkers... yet...) but might not be until the fall or winter if/when that happens.

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  2. I LOVE THE US WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM!!!
    I would love to meet these women. They are such amazing role models for young girls. And I'm completely jealous with how fit they are. Go them. :)

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  3. Mary Abigail is my childhood friend....she is a great girl as is her family! I played soccer with her from about 14 years old until we went to college and before that we were bunk mates at sleep away summer camp. You ought to try and chat with her as she is he real deal and very friendly. If she wasn't on the US soccer team she could be on the basketball team, croquet team or any other team as she is truly the most athletic individual I have ever know...she kicked A%% as tetherball when we were young...could beat the male counselors when she was like 9....

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  4. How cool that you will be running in the same race! I loved following the Women's World Cup this year (well, I follow men's and women's, I prefer soccer to the other regularly televised sports). Abby is from the same city I'm from, so of course the world cup was all over my hometown news. It was cool to hear the British announcer frequently refer to Rochester, too.

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  5. ABBY WAMBACH IS FROM MY TOWN!!!! I know crazy right. That cake looks kick. ass. I am making cookies tonighttt!!

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  6. Wow!! The cake really looks nice and yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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  7. I want to make that cake! But by make, I mean I just want it to be in my kitchen, already made, waiting for me to dig in.

    Sigh, I need to win the lottery so I can hire a chef to make delicious things whenever I want.

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  8. Looks delish!! Awesome about the womens soccer team! I hope you get to meet them :)

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