The Best Things Come in 3s! {11.11.11}

It's true - the best things do come in threes! This weekend, the most wonderful trio of things has come together. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Best Friends! Beth is in town for the weekend and I am so excited to spend time with her and getting to see her sister-in-law Rachel and spend some girl time this weekend. I haven't seen Beth since she got married on Labor Day weekend and I am absolutely thrilled that she is here for the weekend.

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2. iPhone! I am finally (finally, finally, FINALLY) ordering the iPhone today! After I let my Dad take my upgrade last week, I will finally be joining Josh, and Beth, and my family, and mostly everyone I know except for myself, in the iPhone world.

3. Triple-Chocolate Two-Layer Cake. Need I say more?

The recipe is incredibly simple, and while I do not have specific step by step pictures to share with you, I don't think you'll have very much trouble with it at all. This is a recipe I found on called the Too Much Chocolate Cake.

Here's my slighted altered version that I like to call my Triple-Chocolate Two Layer Cake.


1 (18.25 ounce) package of devil's food cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1 (5.9 ounce) package of instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dark chocolate chunks (I use Whole Foods' 365 variety)
1 container of chocolate frosting (I like the Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Chocolate)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, beginning with the cake mix and working your way down the list and mixing each ingredient (except for the icing) in as you go. Then, pour the batter into two well greased 9-inch cake rounds.

3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the top is springy to the touch. If you test with toothpicks, your toothpick will never come out clean due to the melted chocolate inside of the cake. Let the cake cool to the touch before taking them out of the pans. 

4. Using a knife, level the top of one of the cakes so that the other will sit evenly on it. Before placing the uncut layer on the cut on, place icing over the top of the uncut layer. Then, position the uncut layer on top of the now iced layer. Finally, use the remainder of the icing to finish icing the rest of the outside of the cake.

And there you have it! How easy is that? Follow these directions and I promise that you will be eating delicious and moist cake in just a couple of hours. And, as for the half eaten cake picture, I brought the cake into the office for a holiday bake-off and people devoured half of it before I could get a good picture.

I hope that you all have the most wonderful weekend - I'll have some pictures to share with you on Monday from mine! And if you try the chocolate cake recipe, let me know how it turns out! I promise it will be a hit at all of your holiday parties this year!  



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