I can't help but moan at first taste.
Moist, rich, and sweet. My God, it's like going to heaven with every bite.
One of our department heads at my university job has been out sick for two weeks. A really great guy that's helped all of us at some point and his absence is noticeable.
So the rest of my coworkers and I rallied together and are throwing him a little welcome back celebration in the back office today.
Several of us agreed to make something from home.
My contribution is chocolate cake!
It's a basic pudding cake recipe that I've tweaked.
Chocolate chips were added for texture and crunch. White chocolate chips were finely chopped so they'd melt into the batter as it bakes. And a few shakes of cinnamon add a tiny zing.
But to make this even more special, the homemade chocolate frosting was heavily sprinkled with gold pearl dust!
A shimmering, gilded beauty with deep browns peeking through its delicate cracks.
Best of all, this cake becomes fudgier as it sits so we'll continue to enjoy it as the days go on.
I'm licking my lips right now.
This. Is. Going. To. Be. GOOD!!