Triple Chocolate Threat

Hooray for Butter!

As someone who works in a public school, one of the biggest perks is getting random breaks throughout the year like summer vacation and spring break.  The most recent heavy snowfall marked the beginning of our spring break.  Which, of course, makes… perfect sense.  To celebrate the first weekend of the break and the fact that I was going to be hibernating the full weekend, I baked Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)’s Beatty’s chocolate cake, complete with a chocolate ganache layer and a thick layer of chocolate buttercream frosting.  I used the snow to my advantage, too, by sticking the cake pans outside as an insta-cooling technique.  I’ve noticed that I get super-smart/creative when push comes to shove and there’s cake waiting.  Cool for 30 minutes before frosting the cake?  Nay.  I say, dunk cake pans in snow for 5.  That shaves off a good 20 minutes of cooling time, which…

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