Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Book Day!

If you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook, you probably know that I received a super awesome box yesterday - a box of books!!! I squealed at the UPS man as he handed the heavy box to me, and I'm sure he probably thought I was crazy, but I don't care a bit. I was so excited!

Yay for a big fat book box!!!

So, I can now say that my book is officially in stock in my Pattern Shop at the moment. If you pre-ordered, your book will be on its way to you today!

Holy cow, that's stacks of my book!

And because it was Happy Book Day, I couldn't resist making an old family favorite cake to celebrate - Brown Beauty Cake. It's a recipe that's been in my family for as long as I can remember. It's the cake that I had for my birthdays growing up, for any celebration, really, and often just because. I don't eat cake the way I used to anymore, so I debated whether or not I'd even bake a cake yesterday, but ultimately, I wanted to celebrate, so I went for it. Sometimes it's okay to indulge, right? :)

Happy Book Day cake!

Here's the recipe, in case you're so inclined to do a little celebrating of your own:

Brown Beauty Cake

Brown Beauty Cake
makes one 9" square cake

1/2 cup boiling water
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (I like Baker's)
1 cup cake flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup softened butter
1 egg
1/4 buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Pour hot water over chopped up chocolate and stir until fully melted. Set mixture aside to cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x9 square baking pan.
2. Mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) in a separate bowl. Add cooled chocolate mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add in butter and mix well. Beat for one minute.
3. Add egg, buttermilk, and vanilla and beat for one minute.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted, and just a dense crumb or two sticks to the toothpick.

1/2 stick softened butter
Powdered sugar
Milk or 1/2 and 1/2

Mix softened butter with powdered sugar, to taste - I usually use around 2 cups. Add approximately 1-2 tsp of vanilla, 1 Tbsp of milk or 1/2 and 1/2, and a shake or two of salt. Frost cake after it has fully cooled, and enjoy!


  1. Congrats, and yes, you TOTALLY deserve a cake!

  2. YAY!!!!! Congrats! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait to be able to get my hands on it! I'm sure its full of amazing patterns!!!!

  3. Hey, congratulations!!! So exciting :D

  4. Jippii Elizabeth, I can understand that the postman got a big hug and your family a cake! x Teje

  5. Well done, I will think of you later when I have a slice of your cake. Oh yes it is dessert tonight.

  6. I am back to say that I have just ordered your book from Amazon UK and it will be mine in November. WOO HOO

  7. How exciting for you! I'm surprised you didn't hug the stuffing out of the delivery man!

  8. That's fantastic news, Elizabeth! Congratulations!

  9. Congratulations on the parcel, I am pretending I never saw the recipe!

  10. Your book looks lovely! What a great reason to celebrate! That cake looks delicious!

  11. Let Her Eat Cake! She certainly deserves some... just a shame you had to make your own- one should have come inside that box along with a bottle of champagne and a few glasses- what a major accomplishment! Very proud of you!

  12. congratulations! that's a big accomplishment and certainly deserves cake!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  13. Congrats! Definitely deserves a cake. :)

  14. Congrats on the new book - that is so exciting!

  15. Congratulations on your book!
    Yummy cake!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  16. Mouthwatering - the cake too, lest you think I ONLY drool over your book! Re; your recipe...How much buttermilk?

  17. Woo-hoo! How exciting! A very good reason to celebrate!

  18. Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment.

  19. So exciting and an excellent reason to have cake! Thanks for the recipe too ~ that cake looks yummy!


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