Saturday, April 13, 2013

cHoCoLaTe PaRtY

I've joined the chocolate party.  What's the chocolate party you ask?  It's a monthly challenge involving chocolate.  See below for more info, including rules.

This month we were challenge to create a recipe using chocolate and buttermilk.  I've been thinking about this for a couple of weeks.  I considered making so many different things, but settled on a poke cake.

Introducing my Chocolate Ginger Carmel Poke Cake:

I served the cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.  So yummy.  I may succumb to a slight sugar coma...

Cake recipe:
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp baking soda
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 semi sweet baking chocolate bar
1 cup boiling water 
2 cups flour
1/2 cup veg oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 pan

In a small bowl combine the buttermilk and baking soda and set aside.

In mixing bowl combine eggs, sugar, cocoa, oil, and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Add the boiling water while slowly stirring.  Gradually add the flour.  Once the flour is fully mixed in (a pudding type consistency) add the buttermilk mixture and stir until combined.  Break chocolate into tiny pieces and drop evenly over the top of the cake.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out cleanly.

Cool the cake for 10 minutes.  Then pour the Carmel sauce over the cake. 

Carmel Sauce recipe

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Combine sugar, butter, water and salt in a medium sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and stir constantly for 3-5 minutes.  The mixture will pull away from the sides of the pan.  Remove from heat and stir in the milk and vanilla.

cHoCoLaTe PaRtY

The rules:
How to participate (the rules)

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.

2.) Include a link back to this post or the Chocolate party page. Optional, add the Chocolate Party logo in your blog post or on your sidebar.

3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

Go to this link for more info:


  1. what if all you have is a 13x9 pan? does it have to be 9x13?

  2. Looks like delicious recipe and I am intrigued by the ginger in it. Is the ginger fresh or dried ground? Love chocolate with caramel and add whip cream and strawberries and you got me!

    1. I used ground ginger not fresh. The ginger is really subtle. If you use fresh it would be a stronger flavor. Ginger goes really well with chocolate.