Chew This! Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, June 3rd 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

A Chocoholics Dream Come True!
Blaise Doubman

I have made a confession here before and today I am making it again. I am a chocoholic! There is not a day that goes by that I do not eat something chocolate. It could be a piece of candy, a piece of cake, a brownie, a handful of chocolate chips or my latest favorites, these chocolate chip butter cake squares! Gooey butter cakes, or butter cream cakes as they are sometimes called among other things, actually originated years and years ago. The original recipe started off with a fermented dough, believe it or not, but has progressed throughout the years for added convenience and flavor. The most popular method of making this delicious dessert is with a cake mix. Paula Deen started the cake mix method of this dessert and its popularity has risen rapidly over the years. I love the original recipe but wanted to turn things up a notch.

Like I said before, I am a chocoholic, so I wanted to create a chocolate version of the original gooey butter cake recipe. Sure I would have to use a chocolate cake mix, that is a given, but I wanted to go beyond just that particular chocolate flavor. I added chocolate fudge to the base, which did not work out. I added chocolate syrup in with the cream cheese mixture and that did not work out too well either. Then I tried sprinkling on some chocolate chips to the base of the dessert, before adding on the topping and guess what? It was wonderful! The chocolate chips melt slightly and create a layer of chocolate in between the chocolate base and the chocolate topping, it was perfect! I highly recommend you give this recipe a try! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Gooey Butter Cake

This recipe can be made ahead and stored, covered, in the refrigerator overnight. When serving these you can sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, drizzle with additional chocolate or serve as is. These are best served chilled but can be kept at room temperature for several hours. Use a sharp knife when cutting these for serving.

2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter, melted and divided
1 box chocolate cake mix
3 large eggs
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl beat together the chocolate cake mix, 1 large egg and 1 stick of the unsalted melted butter. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and smooth out smooth and even. Sprinkle the crust with the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

In another large bowl beat together the softened cream cheese with the remaining 2 large eggs. Add in the unsweetened cocoa powder and beat until combined. Add in the confectioners’ sugar and pure vanilla extract, beating everything together well. Add in the remaining 1 cup unsalted melted butter and mix everything together until combined.

Pour this mixture over the crust in the prepared pan and smooth out the top.

Place into preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before cutting.

Ask and Answer: I have received a lot of emails from people wondering how they could be a part of my “recipe testing” group for my upcoming second cookbook. Unfortunately, the deadline for this particular request has passed. However, if you still would like to become a recipe tester for my other upcoming projects please send me an email. Thank you!

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Blaise the Baker Celebrates! Cover Reveal, Release Date and Preorder Information

Cover Blaise the Baker Celebrates

I am so excited to reveal the cover for my upcoming second cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Celebrates”! I wanted the cover and theme to be “scrapbook” and I wanted it to match in format with my previous cookbook, “Blaise the Baker Dessert First”, which theme was “chalkboard”. I am so incredibly happy with how things turned out with this! Inside there are 200 fabulous recipes that were tested time and time again by myself as well as my family, friends and recipe testers. In addition to the recipes there are family memories I share, kitchen tips and tricks, ingredients and kitchen tool lists and a “Blaise the Baker PRAISE” page which I am SO EXCITED to share with everyone! So many new features with this cookbook!

I have included some of my most popular “Blaise the Baker” blog recipes, as well as some of my most popular and talked about “Chew This!” recipe features, PLUS a ton of recipes never before published anywhere else. There are recipes for appetizers, drinks, side dishes, main dishes, breads, desserts and just about anything and everything else you can think of, all perfect for celebrating! There are recipes for Chinese-inspired favorites, Italian-inspired favorites, Southern-inspired favorites and so much more! There are so many family recipes and memories that I share here with everyone and I am confident that you will love each and every recipe and story. AND your purchase of this cookbook comes with a FREE e-book version! I mean, how fun and fabulous is that!? Love it!

The official release date is JULY 19th, 2018!

You can preorder your autographed copy NOW! How? Simply send $15 total ($12 for the cookbook and $3 shipping and handling) to Blaise Doubman / Box 47 / Kennard, IN 47351. You can also pay via http://paypal.com and use the email blaisejdx@gmail.com when sending your payment. I can also send you an invoice if you provide me your email address. If you want multiple copies, simply send payment for $12 for each cookbook and $3 total for the shipping and handling. If you order FOUR or more copies, shipping and handling is FREE! If you have any questions PLEASE reach out to me. Send me an email, text, message, etc. You can text 765-520-8332 for more information.

Your preorders now mean that you are guaranteed your orders NO LATER than two days after the publication date, July 19th, 2018. Your preorders now possibly even mean you may get your orders before the publication date, according to publishing processes, dates, shipment, etc.

THANK YOU ALL for your continued dedication and support.

I am SO EXCITED to finally be able to share these recipes with you!

CELEBRATE!

Blaise

Chew This! Jeanie Irwin’s Famous Cake

Blaise Doubman and Paula Irwin

Thank you to all of those who picked up a copy of “The Courier-Times” last Sunday to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column feature and recipe. Your support and dedication really means everything to me!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, May 20th 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

A Special Cake with Special Meaning
Blaise Doubman

I love sharing recipes that also evoke and carry special meanings. I have so many recipes that I consider my personal favorites, lots of them by my Grandma Barbra, Grandpa Max and my Mom, Darla that I go to when I am looking for comfort and warm memories. One of my dear friends, Paula Irwin, sent me a text message a few weeks ago with a picture of a cake she had made for her daughter, another dear friend of mine, Shelby. The cake looked delicious! Paula told me that she usually tries to make the cake for Shelby around her birthday. The original cake recipe came from Jeanie Irwin, who was Paula’s husband, David’s Mother. Jeanie was known for the cake and Shelby has such fond memories of her Grandma making it.

Jeanie passed away in 2008 right around Shelby’s birthday, which was especially difficult because Shelby and her Grandma Jeanie were really close but memories and recipes like this one has helped in the grieving process. As soon as Paula shared the story with me, I immediately asked for the recipe. As soon as she gave me the recipe, I knew that I had to make it. I hesitated to change anything in the original recipe, given the sentimental nature of the recipe, but guess what? No changes needed to be made! The recipe was perfect just the way it was. I loved the flavor of the almond in the cake and in the frosting. The taste was very familiar to me and very comforting. Shout out and special thanks to Paula and Shelby Irwin for allowing me to talk about and share such a special family recipe with all of my readers.

Jeanie Irwin’s Famous Cake

This cake can also be made in a standard 9×13-inch pan but needs to be baked a little longer. Be sure that if you are using this size pan, to check the cake for doneness around the 25 minute mark. This cake can also be made ahead, wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled in the refrigerator for up to three full days. Serve chilled if desired.

For the cake…
2 cups white all-purpose flour
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, cubed
1 cup water
2 large eggs
½ cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract

For the frosting…
1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
¼ 2% milk
4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl whisk together the white all-purpose flour, white granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a small saucepan combine the cubed butter and water. Bring to a boil, over medium heat. Once at a boil, remove from heat and add to the flour mixture.

In a small bowl whisk together the large eggs, sour cream and almond extract until thoroughly blended together. Add this to the flour and butter mixture and whisk together well.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top evenly.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with no crumbs attached.

Remove from oven and cool for about 20 minutes while you prepare the frosting.

To make the frosting, combine the butter and milk in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once at a boil, remove from heat and add in the confectioners’ sugar and almond extract. Beat until smooth and combined. Beat in walnuts.

Spread the frosting over the warm cake. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.

Ask and Answer: Several people have asked me about the chocolate chip cookie recipe that “The Cake Bake Shop” in Indianapolis uses for their cookies, so I am sharing it here. Beat together 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter with 1 cup light brown sugar and ½ cup white granulated sugar. Add in 1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk. Beat in 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste. Add in ½ teaspoon each salt and baking soda. Fold in 2 cups white all-purpose flour. Fold in 1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips and ¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips. Place 2 tablespoon size dough balls onto parchment lined baking sheets and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake in preheated 325 degree F oven for exactly 15 minutes. Remove, cool and enjoy! These are delicious!

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Blaise the Baker Celebrates!

I AM SO EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE the official TITLE of my SECOND COOKBOOK!!! “Blaise the Baker CELEBRATES”! This cookbook is all about celebrations big and small! Who says it has to be a Holiday to have a celebration!? I’m a big believer in celebrating the everyday in life! Celebrate LIFE in general! I am SO EXCITED for this cookbook! So many wonderful recipes including some of my most popular recipes featured on my website, some of my most popular “Chew This!” recipes AND A TON of recipes never before published anywhere! Official release date is coming soon so STAY TUNED!!! The image here is NOT the final cover. The final cover will be revealed later. This cookbook is for YOU!!! My fans, followers, subscribers. My friends and family. Love you all and thank you so much for the continued support and dedication!

Blaise

Tea Time!

Guess what!? It is “Tea Time” and it is with Glen Oaks Health Campus in New Castle, Indiana AND “White Cloud World Teas”! Will you join us in the fun!?

Several times a week I join my Mom, my Grandma Deloris and our dear friend Margaret Fowler at the Glen Oaks Health Campus for what my Mom and I call “Tea Time”! It is a time, in the afternoon, when we can all get together and eat, laugh and drink. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us and sometimes the crowd is quite large, sometimes the group very intimate.

Everybody looks forward to it and there have been so many great memories made! It only seemed natural to switch our favorite tea blends over to our NEW favorite tea blends from “White Cloud World Teas”. We are fans now for life! The two tea flavors that we featured today are their famous “Lavender Vanilla Earl Grey” and their ever popular “Lavender Berry Rooibos”. Both were enjoyed and both were favorites among the party crowd.

Grandma Deloris swore the lavender in both helped calm her down and Margaret loved the slight strawberry flavor of the rooibos. Mom and I both found the strawberry fresh and flavorful for the spring and even tried some over ice. Fabulous! We all had a great time and look forward to more “Tea Time” laughs and memories. Will you join us!?

Visit White Cloud World Teas to order YOUR favorite tea and take a little time to enjoy “Tea Time”! Special thanks and shoutout to “White Cloud World Teas” for their header image above and the fabulous sampling of some of the best tea available! Questions? Please email me!

Blaise

White Cloud World Teas Lavender Berry Rooibos Strawberry Cake

In my partnership with “White Cloud World Teas” I immediately wanted to try some of their tea in one of my desserts. Their delicious Lavender Berry Rooibos paired perfectly with my Fresh Strawberry Cake! The rooibos creates a wonderful back note of flavor that people will go crazy for! For this recipe you can use fresh strawberries, or frozen. If using frozen, be sure to thaw at room temperature before using and mashing.

White Cloud World Teas Lavender Berry Rooibos Strawberry Cake

For the cake…
1 small package of strawberry gelatin dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
1 white cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup strawberries, mashed
2 tablespoons dry Lavender Berry Rooibos

For the frosting…
3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup strawberries, mashed
2 tablespoons prepared Lavender Berry Rooibos

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a large bowl combine the dissolved strawberry gelatin with the white cake mix. Add in the vegetable oil, beaten eggs and mashed strawberries. Mixture will be slightly thick and this is desirable. Stir in the dry rooibos until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top. Place in preheated oven for 37 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

To make the frosting combine the confectioners’ sugar, melted unsalted butter, mashed strawberries and prepared rooibos. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Frost the cooled cake and serve!

Leftovers should be kept chilled in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Enjoy!

To purchase some of the fabulous “White Cloud World Teas” Lavender Berry Rooibos that I have used in this recipe please visit –

White Cloud World Teas

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Guest Blogger – Donna Cronk – White Cloud World Teas

I am so excited to announce that “Blaise the Baker” has joined “White Cloud World Teas” to bring you some of the most fabulous teas – and new and delicious recipes – that I know you will go crazy for! Check out http://whitecloudworldteas.com for more information, ordering information and more – and follow us along on social media for new and exciting things coming soon!

First up!? My very dear friend, Donna Cronk, as a special GUEST BLOGGER for Blaise the Baker, discussing her reactions to the fabulous tea presented by White Cloud World Teas! Shoutout and special thanks to Donna Cronk for being a part of this journey as well as providing excellent feedback and gorgeous photographs!

Take it away Donna…

“Flavorful scented sips on an early spring evening” By: Donna Cronk

If there is the slightest nip in the air, no matter the month of the year, you can expect to find me sipping a cup of hot tea on any given evening in my home. Or, when visiting someone else’s home overnight or even when staying in a motel. It’s a favorite ritual.

So when I got home from work one Tuesday recently, and I discovered that Blaise had sent me not one but two delicious teas to try from White Cloud World Teas, the timing was perfect; the agenda set.

It was a damp-and-chilly early April day here in Indiana so following supper, I headed to the bathtub for my other favorite evening ritual – a hot bath.

As soon as I warmed up in the soapy soak, I put on my most cozy animal-print jammies and headed for the kitchen. First up was the intoxicatingly scented Lavender Vanilla Earl Grey. This stuff smells so great that it would make a fine potpourri if it weren’t meant for sipping.

Oh, but a cuppa tea was in the plan. Nothing quite relaxes me or finishes my day like a delicious tea. For Christmas, my husband Brian bought me an electric kettle. It quickly boils my water and then into a ceramic teapot it went, along with a teabag filled with the aromatic blend.

I could hardly wait the couple of minutes required for a good steep to try the finished brew. The scent was lovely and the color a golden brown. The steaming cup of tea hit the spot! The flavor was subtle. Better have a second cup. I liked it even better after a few more minutes of steeping as I prefer a stout tea.

Like a kid on Christmas, I couldn’t wait to try my second offering of the evening. But I wasn’t about to waste the rest of my pot of tea. So I poured it off into a glass, covered it with plastic and tomorrow I’ll make an iced version of the brew.

Then I went through the quick and easy process of brewing a pot of my second featured flavor – Lavender Berry. This one had a fruity scent that reminded me of summer. The flavor echoed that thought as I sipped and let my mind wander to the spring and summer nights to come, and in particular, the ones where I’ll warm up from my husband’s over-zealous cooling of the house with an evening brew. This would be delicious iced as well!

I’ll be checking out http://www.whitecloudworldteas.com and seeing what other flavors and goodies are available. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the last sip from this evening’s samples of fine teas. Thanks for the taste, Blaise and White Cloud World Teas!

Donna Cronk is a community journalist and author of two inspirational novels. She and her husband are empty nesters who live in Indiana. Check her out on http://donnacronk.com

Chew This! Monica’s Love Brownies

Monica's Love Brownies

Thank you to all of those who pick up a copy of “The Courier-Times” on the first and third Sunday’s of each month to check out my newest “CHEW THIS!” column features and recipes. Really means a lot to me. I appreciate your support and dedication. My newest column, last Sunday, was a recipe for “Monica’s Love Brownies”!

The following “Chew This!” column has been reprinted from “The Courier-Times”, Sunday, April 1st 2018 edition. By: Blaise Doubman

Spreading Love and Brownies
Blaise Doubman

I am a huge cookbook lover and collect cookbooks the way some people may collect stamps, coins or knickknacks. One of my current favorite cookbooks is “The Best of Better Baking.com” written by: Marcy Goldman. It is filled with delicious, and easy, recipes that I turn to time and time again for foolproof baking. She is one of my culinary inspirations who has written, and self-published, several cookbooks on a variety of topics. When I was shopping around my debut cookbook I remember speaking to Marcy about it and asking for her help. She was more than happy to take me under her wing and share some of her greatest advice as a baker, a cookbook author and a self-publisher. After I spoke to her, I immediately called and emailed the publishers that were looking over my cookbook and pulled out of all possible deals. My goal was clear to me and that was to self-publish my cookbook and expand my brand on my own. If a publisher got wind of my success and offered to publish, great! If not, the time would come, and things would fall into place as they should. Between Marcy and my friend Donna Cronk, I had all the self-publishing guidelines and tips that I needed to make a clear-headed decision. My gut instinct was right and here we are!

In expanding my brand, I decided to try a “Blaise the Baker Mail Order Dessert Delivery” service. Without going into detail, there needs to be more research done! Ha! It was an enjoyable experimentation, but right now food writing and recipe developing keep me busy enough. Plus, there was something lacking in it to me and that was the hand to hand, eye to eye, delivery to the actual customer. I missed seeing someone’s eyes sparkle at the delivery of a fabulous dessert or their big bright smile when they see a dessert delivery coming their way. Take for example my friend and taste tester, Dr. Monica Price Kowaleski. She is one of the most trusted eye care professionals in Greenfield, an optometrist operating a family owned business (Price Eye Care Inc. located at 946 N State Street in Greenfield) and a very dear friend to my family and I. A few months back, during an eye visit, I brought in some brownies that I had developed based off one of Marcy Goldman’s brownie recipes. Monica and her staff flipped over them and that was all I needed to know that the recipe I was tinkering with was perfect. I named this recipe after my friend Monica and would highly recommend you stir up a batch of these! Feel free to leave out the chocolate chips and walnuts for a smoother finish brownie but be sure to make these in advance. These delicious brownies take time and prepping ahead!

Monica’s Love Brownies

These brownies are best made in advance because they need to set up properly and rest awhile before enjoying. At first look you may think these brownies may be too rich but they really are not! They are thick and chewy with a delicious chocolate flavor that the coffee really helps carry through. These also freeze beautifully! Some of my taste testers prefer to eat them directly from the freezer! Regardless, these need to be eaten chilled.

4 sticks (16 oz) unsalted butter
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
6 large eggs
1 cup, plus 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda, heaping
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
2 cups chopped nuts, optional

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray containing flour. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and lightly spray again with the non-stick cooking spray containing flour.

In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the unsalted butter until melted, about 2 minutes. Remove and add in the white granulated sugar, packed light brown sugar, pure vanilla extract and instant coffee granules. Beat well until the mixture is thick and combined.

Beat in the large eggs, one at a time, beating about 50 strokes to incorporate each egg before adding another egg. Once all the eggs are thoroughly beaten in, beat another minute.

Add in the unsweetened cocoa powder, white all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt all at once. Gently, and patiently, fold in until no dry ingredients remain in the batter.

Gently fold in the chocolate chips and or walnuts, if using.

Scoop the batter gently into the prepared pan and spread well and even out the top.

Place in preheated oven for exactly 43 minutes. The top will be set but will not look dry.

Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature, place, uncovered, in the freezer for 2 hours. After gently frozen, flip brownies, or lift out, onto a clean work surface. Peel off the parchment paper and cut brownies into desired sizes.

Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer or refrigerator.

Ask and Answer: I have received several questions about my previous column for “Funfetti Cake Balls” and if you can use different flavors of cake mix for this recipe. The answer? Yes! Use whatever flavor of cake mix you would like, just adjust the outer coating to match the cake ball flavor. Also, lots of questions pertaining to my upcoming second cookbook. To answer your questions, there is currently no release date sat and no preorders being taken. All I can say is that the book is scheduled to be released later this year, 2018. Thank you for the interest.

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White Cloud World Teas

THE SECRET IS OUT!!! I am so excited to announce that Blaise the Baker has joined White Cloud World Teas to bring you some of the most fabulous teas – and new and delicious recipes – that I know you’ll go crazy for! Check out http://whitecloudworldteas.com for more information, ordering information and more – and follow us along on social media for new and exciting things coming soon!

(photos provided by White Cloud World Teas)

Blaise