Monday, May 28, 2012

S'mores Cake {plus a giveaway!}


The time has come my friends.

Time to tell you about the My Politic tour.  Time to tell you about some exciting guest post news.  Time to give away some amazing things.  And time to drool over some cake.

Are you so excited?  Because I am!

Alright, let's get started. {and please bear with me...this might be a long one.}

First, let's talk about what I'm going to giveaway!

In celebration of the tour (and maybe a little sucking up for being gone for three weeks), I'm doing my second giveaway!  One of you lucky duckies will be the recipient of the following three things:

In honor of all of the S'mores I will {hopefully} be consuming in the next three weeks, I'm giving away this little S'mores kit from Matchbox Kitchen, which is an adorable blog with gorgeous pictures and delicious looking recipes.  A few of my favorites have been: Momofuku Milk Bar's Carrot Cake and this Edamame Dip with Almond Sesame Crackers.  Go check out the blog.  You'll love it.

To go with the S'mores kit I'm also giving away this ridiculously cool cookbook.  As well as delicious recipes that can be made while camping, this cookbook offers tips on essential equipment, supplies, food storage and preparation safety, cooking methods, and menu planning in the great outdoors.  Sounds wonderful right?  Click {here} to browse through it.

And finally the lucky winner will be receiving the brand new My Politic album, American Will.  You can get a sneak peek of their music {here}.

Sounds amazing right?  Well I've got one more thing.  Instead of just ONE winner, four others will also be receiving a copy of the My Politic album!  Swoon.

*Now for the rules and regulations.*

The giveaway will be open from Monday May 28th 2012 until Friday June 1st at midnight!  Sometime Saturday morning I will choose the five winners using a random number generator, so be sure to check back to see if you've won!  Good luck!

To enter the giveaway you must do the following two things:
1) Leave me a comment telling me about your big plans for the summer!  Lazy days by the pool?  Vacation?  Work?  Moving?  Gardening?  Tell me about it!
2) Become a follower!  You can do that by clicking "Join this site" on the left hand side of the screen.  It's that simple!

And now for a few ways to get yourself an additional entry or two:
1) Follow me on Bloglovin
2) Tweet about this giveaway -- make sure to leave your twitter handle in the comment!
3) Tell me what your favorite post was on Matchbox Kitchen's site
4) Go like My Politic music on Facebook

Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry!

Giveaway.  Check.

Tour things, next.

I've been hinting at the My Politic tour for quite sometime now.  And finally I get to tell you all about it.  Next Tuesday, I'll be heading out with two of the members from My Politic on an incredible three week music tour that they have put together themselves.  This will be tour number two, but last time was only five days...this one is three weeks.  Three weeks of camping, three weeks of driving, three weeks of glorious music...basically three weeks of unabashed fun.  AND I CANNOT WAIT.  I seriously wish I could bring all of you with me.

That being said...I'm going to throw out the line-up for you.  That way if you happen to be in/around any of these cities on the date given you can come out to the show because that would be ahhhmazing.

June 5th - The HeadHouse in Philadelphia, PA
June 6th - The Acoustic Coffeehouse in Johnson City, TN
June 7th - The Camp House in Chattanooga, TN
June 9th - The Camp House in Chattanooga, TN
June 11th - WonderRoot in Atlanta, GA
June 12th - Remedy Coffee in Knoxville, TN
June 13th - Thats CooL in Nashville, TN
June 15th - House Show in Springfield, MO
June 16th - Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, MO
June 16th - Copper Run Distillery in Walnut Shade, MO
June 17th - The Bell's BBQ in Ozark, MO (this is at my you're ALL welcome to come!)
June 19th - House Show in Syracuse, NY
June 20th - The HeadHouse in Philadelphia, PA
June 22nd - Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA
June 23rd - Radio Bean in Burlington, VT

Impressive, right?

One more thing about these cities...if you know any wonderful food places in these areas that we MUST go...for goodness sake please let me know.  My Politic may be on a music tour...but this girl is on a FOOD tour.

As you can see I'm going to be away from my kitchen for a verrrrry long time.  It's unfortunate, but worth it.  But that also means that getting recipes to you is going to be impossible.  Also unfortunate.  BUT I have good news.  I have rounded up some amazing friends/fellow bloggers to get on here and share some recipes with you.  These people are wonderful so make sure to check back in the coming weeks for their posts...and give them a ridiculous amount of love when you can.

Schedule. Check.

Exciting guest post news.  Check.

Whew.  Are you ready for cake?

S'mores Cake... 
with toasted marshmallow frosting

Makes: 1 three layer 6-inch round cake + 12 cupcakes   Prep Time: 30 minutes  Bake Time: 20-25 minutes   Total Time: 2 hours

{Printable Recipe}

for the chocolate cake - adapted from Our Best Bites
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting the pans
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot water
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks

for the graham cracker crunch layer-
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar

for the toasted marshmallow frosting - adapted from Sweetapolita
16 large white marshmallows
1 cup confectioners' or powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounce jar of Marshmallow Cream (or fluff)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease three 6-inch cake pans with butter and dust with flour turning over to knock out excess.
  2. Combine chocolate, cocoa powder, and hot water in a medium heatproof bowl and set over saucepan containing 1 inch of simmering water.  Stir with a rubber spatula until chocolate is melted.  Add 1/2 cup sugar to chocolate and stir for 1-2 minutes.  Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda, and salt.  Combine buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk eggs and yolks on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds.  Add remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar and increase speed to high, whipping until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Replace whisk with paddle attachment and add chocolate mixture, mixing on medium speed for 1 minute.  Scrape sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing 10 seconds after each addition.  Add 1/3 of flour mixture, followed by half of the buttermilk mixture.  Mixing each until incorporated, about 15 seconds.  Repeat until all of the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture have been added.
  4. Combine graham cracker crunch layer ingredients in a small bowl and mix with a fork.  Divide mixture between cake pans and press down in an even layer.
  5. Divide prepared cake batter between pans.  If you have extra, don't worry!  Make cupcakes!
  6. Bake cakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs attached, about 20-25 minutes.  Cool cakes in pans 15 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack.  Cool cakes to room temperature before frosting, about an hour.  (If baking cupcakes -- bake for 10-12 minutes)
  7. While the cakes are cooling prepare the frosting -- Place marshmallows on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.  Turn the broiler in your oven on, and broil the marshmallows until they are toasty and brown on top, about 30-60 seconds.  Remove pan from oven and gently turn the marshmallows over, broil until the other side is also golden brown.  Combine butter and powdered sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until blended, about 1 minute.  Add vanilla and mix on high for about 3 minutes.  Add marshmallow cream and toasted marshmallows, mixing on the lowest setting for about a minute.
  8. To assemble the cake -- place one layer on a cake stand with the graham cracker layer facing up.  Add several spoonfuls of frosting over the layer and spread evenly.  Repeat with the next two levels.  After the third layer pile the rest of the frosting on top and start pulling down to frost the sides.  Top with graham cracker crumbs and cocoa nibs...or whatever else you can come up with!

Good luck everyone!

**Update: This giveaway is now over!  Congratulations to Courtney from The Fig Tree for winning the grand prize!  Also congratulations to Sue, Andrea, Richard, and Monica for winning a copy of the new My Politic album!  Thank you to everyone that participated!**


    What am I doing this summer? Sunbathing, crafting, blogging, working like a mad man, taking float trips aaaaand BEST OF ALL...attending a My Politic show ;) Boy, I wish I had their newest album to really get me in the zone...

    Summer plans, check.
    Following, already am.
    Bloglovin', I searched for you once and you didn't have it, but now...check.
    Tweeted, check.
    My Politic FB page, already liked.

    Extra credit: Mention in blog, will do soon!
    About to make your Beer Pretzels! Nom nom nom...

  2. I'm going to Atlanta, Georgia for a summer program at Emory University!

  3. That is an amazing line up! but whats more amazing is this cake. How dark and lovely and light and addictive!

  4. I became a follower - and on Saturday morning - we are leaving for a cross country trip - so I won't be able to check back if you announce after June 1st -- we return the third week in June! We're driving from NYC to CA - woo hoo!

  5. I tweeted the giveaway @icywit

  6. Favorite post on Matchbox Kitchen - Milk Bar's Carrot Cake -- yummy.

  7. I have ALWAYS been a follower :)

    This summer I will be doing so many fun things - many with you :) - NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, weekend trip to Vermont, LOTS of grilling and picnics in the Common, many trips to the beach, and of several trips home to Minnesota for weddings!

  8. I have always been a My Politic fan on facebook! those guys are the best :)

  9. Definitely a follower of you on Blog Lovin'!!

  10. Favorite post on Matchbox Kitchen - Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day - who doesn't love quick, easy, homemade bread?! The book is already in my Amazon basket :)

  11. These pictures are good. Like, crazy good. So impressed!

    As far as places to visit in Nashville: here are our fav restaurants
    - Silly Goose
    - Marche or Margot (same owners, the first is more casual)
    - Fido (great coffee shop with great food)
    - Crema or Edgehill Cafe are also cool coffee shops
    - Burger Up
    - Baja Burrito (fast food style but super amazingly good Mexicanish food)
    - Bella Napoli (neapolitan-style pizza)
    - Smiling Elephant (thai food)

  12. Long time follower :) Your blog never fails to make my mouth water. Lots of fun things in store for this summer. Including swimming, crafting, and hopefully seeing My Politic (headed to like them on FB now)

  13. Matchbox Kitchen -- favorite post was about the Unique LA Show. Interesting.

  14. Blog followed- check!
    Tweeted- check! (@bbieloveall)
    Summer plans- be lazy. poolside as much as possible. a few float trips. graphic design class. enjoy my last "summer break"

  15. what a great giveaway!

    -followed blog
    -summer plans: working, lazing in the sun, hopefully a trip to big sur, and yes, gardening!

    thank you for the chance to win these lovely items! :)

  16. I am a new follower.

    At the moment I do not really have any really big b=plans other than to hopefully have a good summer and to celebrate a big birthday of my husbands at the end of next month.

  17. Will you buy me a copy if I do not win? And I already have several copies of the My Politic CD...a couple I have worn the grooves off of. Summer plans.....mow the grass for the My Politic show at my house....hell yes. Trip to Florida with three of my favorite people. Then look forward to two weeks with those same folks and throw in a float trip here and there and the summer is gone! Oh yea, and a big garden with maybe a new garden blog???

  18. This cake look AMAZING! For summer plans - I'll be skipping around the country watching various friends get married. Tough life. And now I'm a follower.

    Also, while in Philadelphia my favorite eateries are: Tria, Supper, and Pumpkin. Mmm Mmmm Mmm.

  19. I am a follower! Great giveaway!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

  20. New follower - can't wait to make this cake! I plan on hanging out with my kids and husband, grilling anything I can fit on the grill, and enjoying some sleep in time.

  21. I plan to hang out around the house and enjoy the sun!

  22. plans for the summer include lots of tennis playing with my sister! We also are going to experiment with some new popsicle recipes which we are very excited about!! Hope you have a great summer, and thanks for the great cake recipe!

  23. oooh, this cake sounds delicious! I think I'll give it a try for father's day...YUM!

  24. Plans for the summer are moving to Rochester. So there will be lots of exploring and possibly even gardening.

    When you are in Syracuse we have a great BBQ place called Dinosaur BBQ. And one of my favorite places is Pastabilities. And for true Central New York food you need to go to Heids just north of Syracuse for hot dogs, coneys(white hot dogs) and salt potatoes.

  25. That cake looks AMAZING - wow! Great giveaway, too. My plans for the summer involve lots of unpacking and organizing (just moved!), teaching, and visiting my family in Ohio.

  26. My favorite post on Matchbox Kitchen's site is the easy chocolate ganache truffles - they look so delish!

  27. Hi, can you believe I've never had a smore ever? This cake looks amazing, and I love the photos of the melty marshmallows. My summer plans: reading books by the pool. Short road trips with my man and dogs.

  28. Hi lover dover! Miss you!! Well... to bore you like I do every time we talk... my fantastic fun filled summer plans consist of:

    1. Summer School- 12 credit hours
    2. Work
    3. Studying for the CPA exam
    4. ONE FLOAT TRIP that I have been forced to go on, and I have seriously considered laminating my flash cards and drinking lemonade.
    5. Sitting for 3 sections of the CPA exam (one down!)
    6. Stressing about the CPA exam results (Yes, that deserves it's own number, it takes up A LOT of time. I need a 75% to pass; sounds easy, it's not. I don't know how your Momma did this)
    7. Missing you and our summers at the Tea Room

    I know, be jealous. Love you!

  29. I am following you on Bloglovin :)

  30. I liked My Politic on Facebook ages ago :)

  31. That is one fabulous looking cake. I love s'mores...yum. My plans for summer besides working M-F are to enjoy the weekends by getting in as much hiking as possible. I hope to get to the beach a few times as well.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  32. I'm a new follower.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  33. Now following on Bloglovin'.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  34. Love the Momofuku Milk Bar’s Carrot Cake on MK's site.
    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  35. Hi there lovely :)
    I just started following your blog, and I admit, I'm a little obsessed with all these nom-worthy goodies... This s'mores cake looks un-freaking-believable! As for my summer, I'll be decorating my new apartment (on the cheap), growing veggies in pots, starting my own blog, and taking some super exciting summer classes. This giveaway just sounds too good to resist! <3 Monica

  36. HOPEFULLY SEEING YOU... But other wise I will working in the Greek Life office planning Recruitment for PHA, working on campus, and hanging out in Columbia. I always love reading your blog and now that I have a kitchen hopefully I can try out some, if not all, of your recipes. Miss you Em!

  37. WELL I will be in the Greek Life Office planning Recruitment for PHA...eeks! I will be working on campus giving tours and working in the museum and hopefully seeing you!!!! Hint Hint- can we make this happen?! Now that I have a kitchen, I will be making some of your lovely recipes! Miss you Em!

  38. Following, already am.
    Bloglovin', check.
    Tweeted, check.
    My Politic FB page, already liked.

  39. I am new to you, but old to Katy. Kaitlin. Whatever she is called. Ms. K. Rose. She has been singing your praises to me for a long while, and I have heard many a story from her sojourns to Boston. I'm excited to have a new blog to start from the beginning.

    And I also want to win any of these prizes. So. Lots of birds with this lovely round stone I found. It looks a lot like my MacBook.

    I follow you now. 1 entry.

  40. My summer plans, if you would like to know about an artists life include: Performing in Portland, Oregon with the Portland Festival Ballet where I have taken a year off to train in Classical Ballet technique from my BFA Musical Theatre degree at Missouri State. Have no fear, if you are a closet fan of mine though, for I will be returning to perform in 42nd Street this summer at Tent Theatre! It is going to be wonderfully great to be home for the longest chunk of time since last August. Then I will return to Portland for the PFB Summer Intensive which equals 8-10 hours a day for 1 full month of ballet, jazz, and more ballet. How wonderful for me. And then I am taking one more semester off from school to go through another Nutcracker season, so I will experience Oregon in the break before the next semester starts!

  41. Listened to and Liked My Politic (both literally, and facebook metaphorically.)

  42. Can I get an extra entry/brownie points for immediately texting Katy upon reading your blog to see if I could accompany her to your BBQ to meet you/see one of my oldest friends!? Is that a possibility? I feel like you're a logical girl. This is obviously worth something.

  43. I also joined, and am following you on Bloglovin'. I didn't even know what the blessed thing was. I'm very behind on Blog loving apparently.

  44. I'm going to Vegas this summer!!!

  45. New to your blog, and newly in love! [with the blog!] :) Big plans for the summer? My garden, being lazy in my new pool[!], and making tons of tasty summery food. :)

    andrea13t @ hotmail . com

  46. I don't have Google Friend Connect so I suscribed by e-mail.. I hope that counts as becoming a follower! :)

    andrea13t @ hotmail . com

  47. Going to spend a week in the North Carolina mountains with my husband and all our children! Lots of relaxing and laughing . . .cannot wait.

  48. I tweeted about the giveaway! My twitter handle is @Andrea13T

  49. My fave post on Matchbox's site was the review on Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. I've been considering getting this book sometime so it was nice to see a good review on it!

  50. I like My Politic on Facebook!

  51. Giveaway :)

    This summer, as always, we are going camping, with 5-7 other families. Each night, 1 family cooks for everyone, so you only cook dinner once a week. At the end, we vote who made the best dinner (including some amazing desserts). That family gets the "Golden Tong" award for the year.

    My son is also having surgery, so that wil keep me busy, as well.

    I am a follower of this blog :)

  52. Om Matchbox kitchen, I love the devil's food layer cake.

  53. I followed you on Bloglovin

  54. I liked My Politic on facebook. Nice that a friend of mine also likes them!

  55. So very excited to hear about your upcoming adventures! Sounds truly amazing!!!! Looking forward to hearing all about your travels.

    As for my summer, there will be a lot of wedding planning! My little sister is getting married in August. I'll also be shooting 4 weddings. And I'm hoping to attend some music festivals and a theatre festival. If I can get some money together, the boyfriend and I may check out San Francisco + LA.

    Love love love your blog :)

  56. I plan on spending several weeks camping and fishing. Follow GFC alicia zirjacks

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  58. It's looking very delicious! I think it would be very testy .

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