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    May032012

    Pinterest Post Party #2 - Root Beer Float Cake

    I think I finally have the code for this badge right.  Probably.  If you’d like it, try this:

    <a href=”http://www.ourfrontdoor.us”><img src=”http://www.ourfrontdoor.us/storage/pinterestpostparty.jpg” alt=”” /></a>

    If not … sigh.

    In any case, welcome to the Pinterest Post Party #2.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the summary explanation:

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays in May, bloggers are actually trying some of the things they have pinned on Pinterest and then blogging the results.  These posts serve as a great motivating tool for the writers, and will help the readers determine which pins are as good as they look.  For more details, click here.

    For my second experiment, I chose Root Beer Float Cake.  Clicking on the pin led me to Brown Eyed Baker’s site.  Look at how pretty her picture is:

    Mine aren’t nearly as good, but that does not surprise you.

    Also?

    I bought cheap root beer.

    I wasn’t at my regular grocery store so I bought what was available.  Same goes for the cocoa powder.  Normally I’d get Ghiradelli but I have to say that this was pretty good too.

    The recipe starts with melting butter, root beer, and cocoa powder together.  This makes a fairly luscious looking liquid.

     

    In fact, the liquid will look so good that after it cools you’ll want to taste it.

    It won’t taste as good as you’d think it would.

    Persevere.

    After you fold in the flour mixture, the recipe warns you that it will be lumpy but not to over mix so I didn’t.  Later I was a little sorry about that.

    While the cake was cooling, I followed the instructions for the frosting and threw all the ingredients into the food processor and then looked dubiously at the contents.

    It looked very wrong and I hit “pulse” with great trepidation.  But guess what?  It worked.  The frosting all came together.  It was a little bit firmer than I would have liked so I added a splash more root beer and then it was perfect.  It spread nicely onto the cooled cake.

    Goodness I love bundt cakes.  The come out of the pan pretty, slice into the perfect size and can feed a crowd.  Plus they tend to be really moist and this recipe was no exception.  The final cake was moist and rich and a deep dark chocolate color - nearly black.  My only minor complaint was that those little lumps I’d left in earlier didn’t bake out.

    You see minor discolorations too, right?

    It didn’t really affect the flavor and after it sat overnight it looked better.

    My family ate the cake and I took leftovers to work the next day.  Everyone liked it, though those that like dark chocolate tended to rate it higher.  Of all the people who tasted it though, not a single one thought it tasted like root beer.  The best I could get was, “I taste … something, and it’s good, but it’s not root beer.”

    Maybe that’s because I cheaped out on the brand?

    I don’t know.

    Despite the absence of root beer flavor, I would absolutely make this again. It was a very tasty, moist chocolate cake and the frosting on it was fabulous.  Thanks to Brown Eyed Baker for the recipe.

    Now go check out some of these other blogs for more Pinterest experiments and if you’d like to join the Pinterest Post Party, go ahead and add your link.

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    Reader Comments (10)

    Your recipe entries are ENTERTAINMENT. How do you do that? This will be the first bundt cake I've ever made.

    The pictures look wonderful! I have found a similar result with baking chocolate cakes one of my favorites has a whole cup a strong brewed coffee in it and no one ever tastes the coffee. So I am thinking that the root beer must boost the chocolate flavor as well. Glad it turned out well.

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna @ Newlyweds

    That looks delightful! I'm glad someone else has a hard time with photography-although I think you do much better than I do.

    That sounds so good - I totally want to try it now! (And I love the stirring advice - that's definitely the best part of having others try out recipes!

    To me A&W root beer is a bit more mild in flavor than say Barq's or Dad's rootbeer. Though A&W is my favorite version of root beer.

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamela

    And... now all I can think about is having a root beer float.

    I don't really like root bear. UnAmerican, perhaps?
    The cake looks super yummy, though.
    I love a bundt cake too. They are perfect.

    :)

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAda

    Mindee- I can't figure out how to get the code with the badge... it still doesn't take you back to your blog?? What am I doing wrong?

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa W.

    Hmmm...must buy bundt cake pan immediately.

    May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLatrice

    Looks yummy! I make a coke cake and it's super moist but you do not taste the coke in it either. Have a nice weekend!

    May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

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