Okay, okay, so green is the dominant color for March 17, but isn’t chocolate really the way to celebrate anything? How about this combination? Wow! Between Migis pastry chef Charity’s simple chocolate cake recipe, and the decadent Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Brown Eyed Baker to follow, we can all welcome the return of green buds on our trees and soon, hopefully, green lawns. Even those of you in more southerly climes, who don’t share our northern landscape of snow laden pines, can surely feel the coming of spring. Daylight savings time, geese honking overhead, spring break plans taking shape. Not to mention Cadbury eggs appearing in the supermarket.
Just seven weeks until our first Migis Lodge wedding, so some of you lucky folks can be expecting that invitation soon. Call us with your Migis questions!
Here’s a look yesterday from Cliffside lawn, across boat basin, to Cookout Point. It’ll be greening up soon!
Do wrap your Migis mug in lucky shamrocks and send me a photo, okay? Perhaps filling it with Irish coffee first…
Simply Chocolate Cake
30 minutes @ 350 degrees
1 ½ cup flour
1 cup sugar
3 Tbls cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 Tbls canola oil
1 Tbls vanilla
1 Tbls white vinegar
1 cup water
Combine dries in a bowl. Then add all of the liquids to the dries in the bowl. Stir with a spoon until well combined. Pour batter into a well greased 8×8 pan and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until done.
Let the cake cool completely then frost with your favorite icing.
Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting:
16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup butter, at room temperature
7 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
6 cups powdered sugar
Make the Frosting: In a mixing bowl, blend together the cream cheese, butter, and Baileys Irish Cream on medium speed until completely smooth and combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar on medium-low speed until it has all been added. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is smooth and thoroughly mixed. Use immediately. You can refrigerate the frosting, but it will need to be brought to room temperature before using. This yields enough frosting to fill a two layer cake and frost the outside, and do some basic decorations.
So maybe you could make some cupcakes in addition to Charity’s cake, to use up your frosting efficiently. Hmmm. Let us know how it comes out!
In the meanwhile, we’ve reached out for a crew to fill our April ‘rake week’ needs, Adam is staining, Ian nailing, Colby and Tanner hammering while we’re putting final touches on Spring Tonic. That’s this week at Migis Lodge on Sebago Lake! Do call if you’re still looking for openings for your Maine family vacation. 207-655-4524.
Have a lucky weekend!