A show of hands: Who loves chocolate cake? In our family, all hands are raised! That’s why the upcoming celebration is such a terrific one to fight the January doldrums. Even if the weather keeps you stuck inside, you can enjoy a yummy snack with your cozy reading time. We have some suggestions to help you prepare for this holiday, including a few books and recipes. Enjoy!
Nursery and pre-school:
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael Kaplan, illustrated by Stephanie Jorisch
Precocious pre-schooler Betty Bunny loves chocolate cake. She even insists, “I am going to marry chocolate cake” and takes a piece to school with her in her pocket. Her mom is a good motherly role model who cares about healthy eating and works to teach Betty some patience. But this good moral is balanced by also celebrating the pleasures of being a chocolate cake lover. The first of a series that focuses on Betty Bunny, a pretty realistic pre-schooler.
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith
For all those of us who could (and sometimes do!) find ways to sneak chocolate into every meal of the day. . .Henry loves chocolate so much, he breaks out in the first case ever of chocolate fever. There’s adventure, comedy, and of course, lots of focus on our favorite sugary treat.
The whole cookbook is great, but I can especially vouch for the chocolate cake recipe–with no bowl to clean! Yes, you make it right in the pan then put it in the oven to bake. Delicious! We opted for a raspberry sauce and whipped cream. So rich there’s no need for frosting!
And for those who want a bit more sophisticated chocolate cake recipe: