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From the Kitchen: Parsons Birthday Cake

April 11, 2011

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We were all kinds of busy the last few days! Evan’s parents came to visit. We celebrated their belated birthdays so I made the traditional Parsons birthday cake. I don’t know the full story on the origin of the Parsons cake, but it was first introduced to Evan’s parents in 1968 by a college friend and it’s since been a family tradition. I didn’t grow up with a whole lot of family traditions so think this is pretty sweet and we plan on continuing the practice with our family. It couldn’t be more easy to make either. You take a standard size Sara Lee frozen pound cake, cut into thin layers (7 if your pro….or 6 wonky ones If you’re like me) and frost it with orange dark chocolate sour cream ganache. Voila! The next time I make this cake, I think I’d like to make it all from scratch, I’ve never made pound cake before so it’ll be a good challenge. I found a yummy sounding recipe here and the original ganache recipe is below. Enjoy!

Orange Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Ganache

160z dark chocolate chips

8oz sour cream (light is okay but not fat free)

2 teaspoons orange zest

1 tablespoon orange liqueur (I use the fresh squeezed juice from the orange that I zest)

In a double boiler, melt chocolate until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. Add zest and liqueur and  frost away!

P.S. More posts from our fab weekend coming soon. We went to a play, made sweet potato gnocchi and kale chips! Plus, we visited the Getty and received some pretty sweet gifts from Vietnam that I want to share! xoxo!

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