Happy Birthday Kristin!!


It’s time for someone to blow out the candles and celebrate, Kristin!!! Happy Birthday!  In honor of your special day I baked you a cake, just like when you baked me a cake for my birthday.


Dear friend, I just want to say that I hope your weekend was good even with your hubs out of town attending a conference and me being at Blissdom without you.  I know it didn’t help to have the “sickies” lurking about your brood either.  Just know that I’ve been celebrating your birthday (with out you) all week!  First by sampling your birthday package filled with Chocolate Espresso Cookies tucked inside and then with this cake!  Your birthday week has been delicious!  And, not to add insult to injury…let me just say that the cake I baked you was tha’ bomb!!


THIS CAKE IS TO DIE FOR!!  Root Beer Bundt Cake from Baked New Frontiers in Baking.

For the Bundt Cake:

2 Cups Root Beer (not diet)

1 Cup Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1/2 Cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, cut into 1″ pieces

1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar

1/2 Cup firmly packed Dark Brown Sugar

2 Cups all-purpose Flour

1 1/4 Tsps. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Salt

2 large Eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray the inside of a 10″ bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour.

In a saucepan, heat the root beer, cocoa powder, and butter over medium heat, until butter melts.  Then, add sugars and whisk to dissolve.  Remove from heat to cool.

Then, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

In another small bowl, whisk the eggs until just beaten and then whisk them into the cooled cocoa mixture until combined.  Then, gently fold the flour mixture into the cocoa mixture.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.  Pour into bundt pan and bake for about 40 minutes, rotating one time half way.  Stick a small sharp knife in and if it comes out clean, voila! your done.  Let cool completely.  Gently loosen sides and remove cake from pan.

It looked so good that I had to make sure!


This piece was in honor of your birthday!



2 Ounces Dark Chocolate (60% cacao)

1/2 Cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened

1 Tsp. Salt

1/4 Cup Root Beer

2/3 Cup Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

2 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar

Put all the ingredients into a food processor.  Pulse  in short bursts until frosting is shiny and smooth.

This will create nearly instant happiness.


And, I can indeed tell you that it was good, very very good and worthy of your birthday.


This I know, cause I’ve tried it and tasted.


Best wishes for a lovely day and a wonderful week…and I’ll let you in on a little secret.  I don’t think it will be very long until you get to try it yourself!



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