Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Here's to 26 years!

My husband and I are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary today! In honor of the occasion, I baked one of his favorite cakes ... from SCRATCH (see recipe below)! I must really, REALLY love him!!

And, of course, I do! (No pun intended!) I've literally followed that man around the world and back. He's my best friend and soulmate. The very best part is I'd do it all over again ... in a ♥-beat!
(The picture is our actual wedding cake topper!)

"Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be..."
Robert Browning

German Chocolate Cake
4 (1 oz.) squares German sweet chocolate
½ cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom of 9" x13" pan with parchment paper. Microwave chocolate and water on high for 1½ to 2 minutes. Stir halfway through. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, soda and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add 4 egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Beat after each addition until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites on high until soft peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost with coconut pecan frosting.

Coconut Pecan Frosting
12 oz. evaporated milk
1½ cups white sugar
¾ cup butter
4 egg yolks
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8 oz.) package flaked coconut
1½ cups chopped pecans
Combine milk, 1½ cup sugar, ¾ cup butter, 4 egg yolks and 1½ teaspoons vanilla in large saucepan. Cook and stir on medium heat for about 12 minutes, or until thick and golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature, and spreading consistency.
♥ Vicki


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Vicki! I hope the two of you have a wonderful day celebrating the past 26 years! You should be so proud because not only is marriage difficult at times but, being part of the military makes marriage even more trying. The worries, excitement, moves, meeting new people being in foreign countries, away from families, I think makes us stronger people. And, like you, I would do it all over again! God Bless you both!! I want to be invited to the 50 year anniversary! Hugs! Michelle

Homespun Hugs and Calico Kisses said...

Thanks, Michelle!!
The past 26 years have been a fun adventure!

You are officially on my guest list for our 50th!! : ) Boy, that seems so far away ... but the way time is flying by, I'm sure 2034 will be here before we know it!!

Hugs, Vicki ♥