extra moist dark chocolate cake

I cannot believe my little baby is 1 already!

We had a small, cozy birthday celebration for him with my family.  It was nice to enjoy a quiet day celebrating him…  and of course, eating cake!

I put my brother in charge of decorating the cake.  His only rule?  “Cover the whole thing with m&ms!”

I think he did a great job!!

Did you notice the google color-scheme?  :o)  Yeah.

This was a great, rich, very moist chocolate cake!  (I am not 100% satisfied with the frosting recipe yet, so I’m just sharing the recipe for the cake.)  

If you need a good, classic dark chocolate cake…  try this out!

extra moist dark chocolate cake


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot, strong brewed coffee


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter and flour (or use a baking spray with flour in it, like I prefer!) two 9-inch round baking pans.

In a large mixer bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Add the eggs, milk, butter, & vanilla and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Stir in the coffee by hand (the batter will be thin). Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans and then remove from the pans to a wire rack.

Frost as desired!


adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Happy birthday Haakon!  We love you, little man!

Glad you liked your very first cake!

In case you’re wondering what I did for Bjørn’s 1st birthday cake…  click here!

Happy 1st Birthday Haakon!

One year ago today, I was holding a sweet, kissable little bundle of joy in my arms after 12+ hours of the most trying and at the same time empowering experience of my life.

You changed me, my child.  Working with you, at our own pace finding your way into this world… something powerful and formerly hidden was written on my heart.

I found strength I never knew I had.  Faith I never knew could be so deep.  And peace that I never even believed possible.

All because of you.  All because God gave me you and our journey to mold me into who I am today.

Thank you for being such a great partner in that process…  as unaware of your role as you may have been!

Happy 1st Birthday, my sweet boy!

(Please excuse the runny nose…  You are getting 3 molars right now, 
and there’s just no stopping the drip that accompanies that process!)

You are such an incredibly light in our lives…  sometimes I can hardly believe we have been so blessed to have you in our lives.

You smile.  Always.  Even when you’re miserably teething or sick, you peak out a smile now and then because you just can’t help it.

You already love to make people laugh and you are such a charmer.

I just can’t wait to see who you grow up to be!  (But don’t grow up too fast, okay?  This year went by way too quickly for me!)

We love you so much.  In fact, everyone seems to love you so much.  You definitely have the gift of bringing joy to people’s hearts!

I pray often that God will use that joy-bringing gift for His glory in you.  That you will find a way to minister through that gift you have been blessed with.

You are amazing, sweet child of mine.

We love you forever!

Mommy & Daddy