Best Cake Ever!

Tony found a copy cat recipe for Portillo’s chocolate cake recipe.  Since our neighbors were buying the crab this time for Crab Fest 2010, I offered to make two desserts – something I rarely make!  But these two desserts are show stoppers.  Both are super simple, but taste as if you were a pastry chef!

I kept thinking yesterday was Saturday since I was off!  Being Friday, that meant no meat for Tony, and one of his favorite things is egg salad sandwiches.   I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe for perfect hard boiled eggs.  I always have a problem with peeling off the egg whites with the peel, or there is a green ring inside the egg yolk.  Not this time!

Put eggs in pan and cover with cold water – just an inch above the eggs.  Simmer over medium heat until the water comes to a boil.  Once the water is up to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes.  Run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

The egg on the right peeled perfectly!!


Since I woke up so late yesterday, I made Tony his egg salad sandwich and I made a grilled ham and cheese.  Kraft actually makes pepper jack cheese that’s wrapped exactly like their American cheese – each slice is only 45 calories!

With an ounce of potato chips on the side:

Did anyone watch Chef Academy on Bravo?  Chef Novelli made this dessert called Chocolate Pot – and when the students ate it they were gushing how great it was.  Since I made it at our last crab fest, I decided to make it again.


6 ounces dark chocolate
3 2/5 ounces milk
6 4/5 ounces heavy cream
1 ounce honey
2 ounce cocoa powder
2 ounces whiskey


  1. Warm cream and milk together. Bring to warm temperature, remove from heat and melt chocolate.
  2. Add cocoa powder and mix well. Stir in honey and whiskey – put in four bowls and chill for 4-6 hours.

Each serving:  494 calories, 33 fat, 41 carbs, 5.7 fiber and 7.6 protein.  You can print out a printer friendly version here. Obviously, with stats like this, this is a once in a while treat!  Serve with whip cream.

make sure you heat the cream/milk at a low temp - you don't want it to come to a boil

The last time I made this, when I added the cocoa powder, it was hard to make it smooth in the sauce.  This time I put it through a strainer and it worked out great.

Then pour 1/2 cup into 4 separate bowls.

So the word on the street is that the reason Portillo’s chocolate cake is so moist is because there is mayo in it.    Tony found a copy cat recipe that uses a cake mix – so simple!  Make sure you buy super moist Betty Crocker mix, 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1 cup mayo.  That’s it!

I baked mine in a 10 inch cake pan and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes.  I set it outside to cool faster so I could frost it.  I made this one a yellow cake, because it’s my neighbors favorite.  But I plan on making a chocolate version for Easter Sunday! 😀

Oh, did I mention the butter cream frosting I made for this??

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

So while this is usually the star of Crab Fest:

This clearly stole the show!

I am pretty sure that cake was insulin worthy – to the tune of 15 units of insulin!!  But it was so worth it! 😀

On tap for today:  baking bread!  It’s rainy and chilly today, so it’s a great way to spend the day inside and bake!  Oh, and that pile of clothes I mentioned yesterday?  Um, they are still there – I need to spend at least an hour today on that.

my daffodil's bloomed yesterday!

And I got this in the mail yesterday – so many recipes I am going to make this week are from this magazine!

Hope you have a great Saturday! 😀


24 thoughts on “Best Cake Ever!

  1. I still haven’t baked bread. I tried once but I failed miserably ahah I really want to try it though, there’s nothing better than homemade bread. 🙂

    Have an awesome saturday!

  2. Mmmmmm, cake!! 🙂 I have a goal to make a gluten free cake today, but not so sure it will be as successful as yours… we shall see! 😉 Glad yours was such a hit, it looks wonderful!! 🙂

  3. I love Clean Eating Mag! I’ve been subscribing to that since they came out and just bought my mom a subscription, too. I hate peeling HB eggs, but since I learned how to make them from watching a Green Lite Bites video last year, they always come out perfect. Martha’s method didn’t work for me at all and I wound up with super ugly eggs. Haha. Happy Easter!

  4. the cake looks great! I just came back from the cake decorating store, where I bought the stuff to transport the whole sheet cake I’m making next weekend. So much cake!

  5. I boil eggs like that and yes, it’s nice to have them peel easily and not have the “green ring” around the yolks!

    That magazine sounds interesting – I’ll have to check it out!

  6. Can’t wait to see the sexy recipes

  7. Those desserts look so intense – in a good way!

    I love that last issue of Clean Eating I read, maybe I will pick that new one up?

  8. I love egg salad, but I can’t eat it anymore. And I boil eggs the same way you do. Yours are perfect indeed! 🙂

    And the cake sounds simply wonderful!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Pretty flowers! And thanks for the tips on how to hard-boil eggs. I’ve actually never hard-boiled them before!

  10. Oh it all sounds so good! You are so upbeat and positive – I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures. Funny – I just bought a dozen eggs for the sole purpose of hard boiling. Will try the Martha/Biz method.

  11. That truly does look like a very good egg! I’m gonna have to make me a boiled egg in the morning just to try your instructions!

  12. thanks so much for the tip on the eggs! we inhale hard-boiled eggs around here and i can’t wait to try this new method. and oh, the chocolate pot looked amazing!

  13. i get and luv that magazine too!

  14. Oh you won some sea salt girl!

    I am laughing at the post before this one, I also could just sleep, and hubby thinks I am crazy, or is that lazy, lol!

  15. I cant wait to see what you make from CE magazine. I get it in the mail too!!

  16. What a feast! The cake looks delicious – especially with that nice dark chocolate!

  17. Holy yum! I am so in love with these desserts, Biz! They both look like they taste out of this world. I am so glad to hear they were a hit at CrabFest!

  18. Holy yum! Those stats are surprising with the fiber at lease 😉 I chuckled at 15 units of insulin for a type 1. I wish you were my patient!! Goes to show diabetes can be so well controlled if you take charge from the start. Your beta cells are lucky to have you 🙂 I have diabetics diagnosed a year ago who are taking 10 units per carb choice and still running high. Oy, oy, oy…

  19. Cooking Light and Clean Eating Mags are definitely my FAVORITE two!

    I am pretending I didn’t see that chocolate deliciousness of CAKE!

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