Oscars! Oscars! Oscars!
The Oscars may have been this past Sunday, but for some reason it already seems like ages ago. Besides all the hoopla around Anne Hathaway and James Franco, I have to admit, seeing Billy Crystal was such a great flashback! It was so sweet that everyone gave him a standing ovation when he came on.
I also loved Sandra Bullock when she was presenting the Best Actor award. She's so sweet and funny and just thinking about her movies and her speech from last year makes me smile!
I love watching The Proposal and Miss Congeniality cracks me up every single time. How could anyone not laugh when she's undergoing her transformation in that movie? But Speed is definitely a classic. Sigh.
Equally as good in a totally different way -cake! Admittedly, I was searching for ways to use up sour cream that I had left over from the Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake and I came across this delicious cake that was crispy on the outside but still had a great mix of chocolate and cake.
This recipe is adapted from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours. I left out the nuts because I'm generally not a fan of them (although luckily I did since a friend is allergic!)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
A pinch of nutmeg
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Preheat to 350 degrees.
Butter and dust Bundt pan with flour.
Mix ingredients for the swirl together.
Mix the dry cake ingredients together.
Add butter to white sugar and beat with mixer.
Add eggs 1 at a time, beat in the vanilla and mix in the sour cream slowly.
Slowly add in dry ingredients.
Scoop 1/3 of batter into pan.
Sprinkle 1/2 of swirl mix.
Pour most of the rest of the batter and make a ditch.
Fill the ditch with swirl mix and cover with the rest of the batter. If not all of the swirl is covered, it's ok!
Bake 60-65 minutes and let rest for 10 minutes before flipping.
Dust with confectioner's sugar!
Did anyone else catch that the actor from Chuck was singing with Mandy Moore??