Monday, September 10, 2012

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The Chocolate Underground.

Happy Monday! Loving the weather change (or the taste of), with a mild day of 80 degrees. Last night's run was perfect too. Who knew running in 90 degree weather could be so much harder?!

Sunday-funday was spent baking up a masterpiece with the roomie, Annedra. Knowing that I am on a mission to make ever "Southern" recipe sparked the brainchild of a red velvet cake. How original. Creative. Innovative. Please tell me you're picking up my sarcasm....

What IS a fun and creative spin on this classic Southern dessert has been blowing up Pinterest like my phone on a saturday night (that means I get a lot of calls 'cause I'm so popular), is the idea of a BLUE velvet cake. Now we're talkin! But not any ol' blue cake we took it a step further in ode to the great Velvet Underground.We decided the "blue" went with "Pale Blue Eyes", and the Blue Velvet Underground Cake was born!

Soo I can't give you the recipe, since it's a "family secret". Aka I didn't really remember or measure the ingredients. What I can tell you though is that we used an entire bottle of blue food coloring, and half a bottle of chocolate syrup. Despite the abundance of artificial ingredients, we balanced it out by with some pureed blueberries. Pure moist, delicious cake. Topped off with homemade cream cheese icing and a banana. If you don't get the reference, you don't deserve to know! But, I'll tell you anyway, just this once. Andy Warhol + Velvet Underground = Best Buds. Andy Warhol + famous painting = wilty banana. Add blue velvet underground cake = sum of my sunday night.

Pre-baking. What color would you call it?!

Shout out to Madmoiselle for assisting in the cake production

Action shot of frosting by Annedra!

Velvet Underground, Warhol cake

We of course listened to the Velvet Underground while baking this delicious cake, which made it even more "authentic". A nice walk around the neighborhood of course balanced out our inhalation of the cake beforehand : ). Granted, it was a bit greeny-blue, I dedicated it to myself, being of a blue-green eye colored gal.

Gooey split view of the Cake!

Since I do like to give recipes, here is one that I made for breakfast this morn. No pictures, but I can assure you it is one bowl of delicious oats. Again with the oats, I know but who in the food blogging world isn't obsessed with oats?!

I made my own version of PB Fingers, Uber Chocolaty Overnight Oats. The addition of yogurt makes this breakfast more pudding-y, and chocolate never hurt anyone!
Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup milk
1/4 plain non-fat yogurt
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (or 1 heaping tablespoon of cocoa powder)
1/2 banana sliced

Just mix in a bowl, store in the fridge overnight, and enjoy your breakfast waiting for you patiently the next morning! I topped mine with a scoop of peanut butter of course.

Enjoy the rest of your week!!

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