Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

I have been traveling SO MUCH lately. I’ve missed you all! So, let’s catch up on recent travels real quick! 

A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta visiting friends and attending a Beautycounter event! I met these inspiring ladies that I am so proud to call co-workers and friends!

Atlanta


Then I was in Charleston with Cassy, Vanessa, Juli, and Stacy! Charleston is SERIOUSLY so cute. Here are some Charleston recommendations: Husk, Butcher and Bee, The Obstinate Daughter, Zero George, Fig, The Ordinary, Eli’s Table, 167 Raw, The Grocery, The Darling Oyster Bar, Cru Cafe, Another Broken Egg Cafe, Prohibition for cocktails and live swing music, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, Live Jazz at Bar Mash.

Charleston


Most recently, I was in Ithaca, New York (and I can’t wait to go back) glamping at Firelight Camps celebrating my good friend Gina and all of her hard work on her newest cookbook, Skinnytaste One and Done! 

Skinnytaste Ithaca NY

We had the best time, and I left inspired, motivated, and with a full heart from quality time with these amazing, caring, talented, and giving ladies! Check them out, and make sure to follow their blogs, too! 

Ithaca NY trip


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Reading Now:

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Lexi

Pizza Meatloaf Muffins (Gluten-Free)

This Pizza Meatloaf Muffins recipe takes all the flavor of a slice of pizza and makes it in a convenient, hearty and delicious mini meatloaf baked in a muffin tin! They are the perfect make-ahead meal prep for lunch, or a great post work out or after school snack. They are gluten-free, low carb and just what you should be running to the kitchen to cook up right now. Made in partnership with my friends at Ello Products.

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Pizza Meatloaf Muffins

We love all things pizza here, so it’s no surprise that these Pizza Meatloaf Muffins are not the first time we’ve taken all the flavor of pizza and created something fun and unique like my Pizza Scramble and Pizza Stuffed Peppers, but this time we wanted to focus on making an amazing meal prep meal!

We love how much pizza flavor we were able to pack in to these meatloaf muffins. We use ground turkey as our base and then mix in pizza sauce, some spices, turkey pepperoni and cheese! A little egg and almond flour help hold it all together and it’s topped off with a bit more cheese and pepperoni and finished under a broiler to get a nice pizza like topping! While you are certainly welcome to make your own pizza sauce, we opted to purchase a good quality brand to make this a little simpler to prepare.

Easy mini meatloaf muffins

Honestly we loved these for meal prep, a kid-friendly snack or even if you’re feeling adventurous a quick breakfast! You can warm it in a toaster oven, your regular oven or in a microwave on the go. We also enjoyed them cold, but that’s totally up to you!

We of course packed these away in my favorite storage containers. I love love love my Ello DuraGlass Food Storage Containers. With other glass ware I have tried, sometimes the lids don’t pop on well, sometimes they don’t stack easily, and so on. These containers are so well-made and are my new go-to! I also love the silicone colors because they grip well too!

  • Perfect for stacking.
  • Mighty tough: Silicone sleeve protects glass from chips + scratches.
  • Everything tastes better in glass: Won’t stain or smell.
  • Nobody likes a lunch bag leak:  The clear air tight lids won’t leak.
  • Easy-to-pair color match lids: Because life’s already hard enough.
  • Wash away: All parts top rack dishwasher safe, sleeve and all. No need to remove sleeve for oven + cleaning!
  • Comes in all different sizes: For sides, mains, leftovers, and more!
  • Safe for cooking: Freezer safe, microwave safe without lid, and oven safe up to 450F without lid.
  • Free of: BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead and cadmium free.
  • Where I get mine: Available at Target and Amazon now!

healthy meatloaf muffins

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Pizza Meatloaf Muffins

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:18 Yields 9

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup turkey pepperoni, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella, almond flour, 1/4 cup pizza sauce, italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix until fully combined.
  3. In a muffin tin, place 1/2 cup mixture in 9 tins and smooth the mound on the top. (See note)
  4. Brush remaining pizza sauce on top of each muffin.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until turkey is fully cooked to 165ºF.
  6. Remove from oven and turn broiler on to high.
  7. Divide remaining cheese and pepperoni on top of meat muffins and place under broiler until cheese has melted and begun to melt and bubble, about 3 minutes.
  8. Serve warm with salad, or fully cool and pack away for meal prep.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make smaller portions, divide roughly 1/3 cup batter to fill 12 muffin tins.
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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

These Gluten-Free Apple Scones are the perfect fall baking recipe. They are light and crumbly and full of apples and cinnamon. They are such a treat to serve to serve on crisp fall morning! I am so excited that we’ve finally perfected the ultimate gluten-free scones that will be the hit of your weekend brunch, the star of the dessert table, or the perfect snack!

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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

While I have a few other scone recipes on this site and in my book, I’m really excited about these super fall Gluten-Free Apple Scones! They are light in texture but heavy on apple flavor! We had a few rounds of recipe testing on this one, to get just the right crispness on the outside and to incorporate as much apple flavor as we could. We love to serve them with apple butter for an extra oomph of seasonality!

gluten free scones without xanthum gum

There are a few tricks you need to use in order to get crispy edges on these scones. Because we often stay away from gluten-free mixes and typically use a blend of almond and coconut flours on this site, it meant we were dealing with a dough that has a lot more moisture. Don’t be afraid when the dough you’ve mixed is a little wetter than you would imagine. We have a longer baking time on these scones to ensure crispness, and instruct you to (gently) move the scones around the baking tray a bit so all parts of the scones get crispy. Follow the directions and we’re sure you’ll get just the right texture!

gluten free scones

How do you make gluten-free scones?

Gluten-free scone recipes are a bit different from traditional scone recipes, but typically follow the same steps. The batter does look a bit different, but we were pleased with the outcome of these gluten-free scones.

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients!
  2. Add in cold butter and quickly blend into the flour.
  3. Add in the wet.
  4. Pat scone batter into a round on the baking sheet. Don’t free if it’s a little wet! Cut it 8 times to get scone shape.
  5. Brush with egg wash, and sugar and bake!
  6. Cut scones once more, bake again, and then remove from oven one last time to shift the scones in the opposite direction to ensure an even crispness, and return to oven to finish baking.

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Gluten-Free Apple Scones

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:45 Yields 8

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 apples (we like gala, granny smith or braeburn)
  • raw sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg until no clumps remain.
  3. Add in cold butter and quickly using a pastry cutter or your fingertips blend the butter into the flour until only small pieces remain. Add in the maple sugar and toss to combine.
  4. In a separate small bowl whisk together 1 egg, almond milk, vanilla extract. Grate one apple, skin on if desired, into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredient mixture into flour mixture and combine thoroughly. 
  6. Peel and chop remaining apple into 1/4" dice and fold into scone mixture until mixture is completely combined. 
  7. Place scone batter onto the parchment paper and pat down into an 8" circle. Using a pizza cutter or bench scraper cut circle in half 4 times to create 8 scones.
  8. Whisk together remaining egg and then brush on top of scone mixture. Top with raw sugar, if using.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cut again. Carefully using a flat spatula move scones apart leaving at least 1" of room apart.
  10. Return to oven to bake for 10 more minutes. Remove and turn scones around so that the pointed edge faces the outside of the baking. This ensures those edges are crispy as well.
  11. Bake for the remaining 10 minutes, until all the edges are crispy.
  12. Serve with apple butter.
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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter (whole30 & paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter (No Added Sugar)

While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst I found a serious love for apple butter thanks to frequent visits to Judie’s Restaurant. Back before I changed my diet I would enjoy the giant popovers they served slathered with the most delicious apple butter.

It has been a while since I’ve been there, but I haven’t forgotten that apple butter and realized it was time to create a recipe of my own that wasn’t loaded with refined sugar. While I won’t be enjoying this apple butter on top of popovers anymore, rest assured there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, with this, on top of these, over these or with the biscuits in my book. But really, it’s amazing just by the spoonful.

what is apple butter made of?

There are loads of other apple butter recipes out there, some with long cooking time and some with short. I really feel like the longer and slower the cook, the more depth of flavor the apple butter has, so a 2-hour version just has never cut it for me. But aside from the prep and the finishing touches, this recipe is relatively hands-off and can even be done overnight.

how do you know when apple butter is done

How Do You Know When Apple Butter is Done?

You want the apple butter to be dark in color and quite thick, thick enough that when you pick it up by the spoonful it mounds on the spoon instead of dripping off.

Tools Needed to Make Apple Butter:

can you freeze apple butter

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Easy Apple Butter Recipe

No Sugar Crock Pot Apple Butter

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 12 hr

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put everything in slow cooker. The cider or juice should not overpower apples. Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
  2. At 10 hours, once apples are dark, immerse hand blender or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Put lid back on slightly ajar and let cook for the remaining 2 hours. If you're in a time crunch, place into a pot on the stove over medium-low heat and let simmer until thick.
  4. Let cool, store in jars in the fridge for up to 1 week unless canning.

Recipe Notes

  • -If not as thick as you'd like, transfer to pot and cook over medium heat until thickens (use a lid, it will splatter)
  • -Very thick and spreadable. Perfect top spread on toast, or to top your favorite oatmeal, pancakes, or waffles!
  • Make it last a year! How to can this apple butter using the Water Bath Canning Method:
    • Heat water in a large, deep saucepot equipped with a lid. If you have a canning rack or a cooling cake rack, place the rack at the bottom of your saucepan. Bring the water to a simmer (not a boil) and carefully submerge your jars along with their lids for about 5 minutes or until warm. Make sure water is inside your jars to keep them submerged.
    • Carefully remove the jars and lids from the warm water with tongs and place on a cooling rack set over a kitchen towel. Pour the apple butter into each jar using a funnel, leaving at least 1/4 inch of space at the top. Make sure there are no air bubbles in the jam and that the rim of the jar is clean before securing the lid.
    • Cover your saucepan and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Submerge the tightly closed jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes.
    • Take your saucepan off the heat and allow your jars to sit in the hot water for another 5 minutes.
    • Carefully take your jars out of the hot water and place on a paper towel. Check jar lids for seals by making sure the lids do not flex up and down when pressing the middle of the jar.
    • Store in a cool, dark place for up to one year! Once opened make sure to store in the refrigerator for up to one week!
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Healthy Game Day Recipes

Football season is here! Do you entertain? Go out weekly for games? It is such a tempting time to sit around with friends, drinking and eating all sorts of delicious, yet unhealthy foods. These clean eating game day recipes will be a hit with everyone. Here are Healthy Game Day Recipes that are perfect for Football entertaining!

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Game Day Appetizers

Appetizers are a game day must! These cleaned up appetizers are perfect, delicious, and indulgent in a guilt-free way!

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, and Gluten-free. Use Ghee or Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in the sauce to make this recipe Whole30 approved)

Ultimate Charcuterie Board (Gluten-Free if using gluten-free crackers)

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30 if omit cheese)

Sliders (Vegetarian, Gluten-free, omit the cheese to make this dish Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Chili Fries (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Loaded Nachos (Dairy-free, Gluten-free, and Grain-free)

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas (Grain-free and Gluten-free)

Dry Rub Wings (Gluten-free, paleo,Whole30)

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian, omit cheese for dairy-free)

Fried Buffalo Chicken Bites (Nut-free, Omit the butter to make this Whole30 approved, Paleo-friendly)

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries (Vegetarian, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Sweet Potato Fries & 10 second Honey Mustard (Vegan, Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Moroccan Cauliflower Bites (Vegan, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Lime Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Carne Asada Nachos (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly, Keto minus tortilla chips)


Game Day Dips

Everyone loves game day dips! Here are out favorites!

Spanish Eggplant Dip (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Gluten-free)

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free)

Southwestern Baked Hummus Dip (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Homemade Guacamole (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Vegetarian and Grain-free. Omit the optional cheese to make this dip Whole30 Approved, Dairy-free and Vegan)

Crudite with Tzatziki Sauce (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Paleo)

Aji Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Buffalo Chicken Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make this dish Whole30 approved and Paleo-friendly)

7 Layer Mexican Dip (Grain-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free)

Restaurant Style-Blender Salsa (Grain-free, Dairy-free, Whole30 Approved, Vegan)

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free)


Game Day Meals

Ultimate, easy main dishes to serve your guests!

Lasagna Soup (Gluten-Free)

Spaghetti Squash Enchilada Bake (Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly)

Game-Day White Chicken Chili (Whole30 Approved if you omit the optional white beans, Paleo-friendly if you omit the optional white beans, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Whole30 approved, and Dairy-free)

Pecan Popcorn Chicken (Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, Grain-free)

Sweet Potato Chili (Vegan, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Ultimate Taco Meat (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar (Grain-free, Use Ghee instead of butter and omit cheese to make this Whole30 Approved)

DIY Lettuce Wrap Bar: Crock-Pot Shredded Chicken and Fixings (Paleo-friendly, Whole30 Approved, Grain-free)

Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Turkey Chili (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Meatball Subs (Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free, Grain-free)

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Sheet Pan Steak Tips (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Whole30)

Two Ingredient Salsa Chicken (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, whole30, Instant Pot)

Eggplant Pizza Crust (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

BLT Pasta Salad (Gluten-free)

Beef Barbacoa (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Instant Pot)

Crock-Pot Beef & Veggie Bowls (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken and Veggies (Gluten-free, Paleo-friendly)

Paleo Sandwich Rolls with deli meat (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly, Grain-Free)

Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad (Gluten-free, Vegetarian)

BBQ Chicken Pizza (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Thai Turkey Burgers with Spicy Slaw (Nut-free, Dairy-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Pizza Stuffed Peppers (Grain-free and Gluten-free. Omit the cheese to make these Whole30 Approved and Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Slow Cooker Ribs (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese (Gluten-free)

Sausage and Veggie Pasta (Gluten-free)

Cauliflower Pizza Bites (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Pulled Pork (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto, Dairy-free)

Buffalo Chicken Tenders (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Keto Dairy-free)

Meat Sauce (Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Dairy-free)


Game Day Treats

Don’t forget about dessert!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (Paleo-friendly, Grain free, Dairy-free)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Secret Ingredient Brownies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Double Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (Dairy-free, Grain-free, Gluten-free)

Lemon Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Nutella Pizza (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Brownies Bites with Protein Frosting (Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly)

Cookie Dough Dip (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly, Vegetarian)

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream (Paleo-friendly, Grain-free, Dairy-free)

Matcha Cupcakes (Gluten-free, Grain-free)

Cookie Bars (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

Easy Meringue Cookies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Paleo-friendly)

S’mores Pie (Gluten-Free)

Enjoy!!

The BEST Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake may just be the best chocolate cake we have ever eaten, gluten-free or not. It is super moist, with deep chocolate flavor, and truly easy to put together. The chocolate cake layers are dairy-free and paleo-friendly, and we can promise this gluten-free cake will be a hit for any occasion!

Gluten Free Chocolate CakeGluten-Free Chocolate Cake

We heard you! After we published the BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake recipe a while back you’ve been asking us to make a chocolate version. We got to it right away and we are CRAZY HAPPY with the results. This truly is the best chocolate cake we’ve ever tasted! You won’t know it’s gluten-free (not that that matters around here) and it is so rich and moist!

Making this recipe wasn’t as easy as adding in chocolate to our vanilla layer cake. A chocolate cake is a whole different beast. We started with a base of almond and coconut flour, which we love. It lends itself to have just the right crumb and moisture level. And then we added in cocoa powder and adjusted the level of sweetener to balance the bitterness. We added some coffee in to boast the chocolate flavor, but feel free to swap it out with additional milk instead. It took us a few tries to get the right amount of fat, which we use avocado oil here, but once we did this cake was SO GOOD.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe Slice

The cake layers themselves are dairy-free. We choose to frost it with a chocolate buttercream, but if you don’t tolerate dairy you can certainly use a dairy-free chocolate ganache made with coconut milk and dairy-free chocolate to frost your cake.

As we said above, this cake does have nuts. If you’re looking for a nut-free and school-safe cake recipe, go for the two in my cookbook or this July 4th Classic Cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Overhead

Tips Tools Needed to Frost a Cake Like a Pro

It’s not essential to frost the cake like we did. But if you want to give it a whirl, getting these tools make it easier to get an even and smooth cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Serves 6-10

Ingredients

For Cake Layers:

For Chocolate Buttercream:

Directions

For Cake Layers:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and grease 3 6" layer pans (we used avocado spray) and line with parchment paper that fits directly inside. Skipping this step could result in a cake that sticks to the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl add almond flour, cocoa, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs. Add in coconut sugar, milk, coffee, avocado oil and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk to combine completely.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 3 cake pans and bake in pre-heated oven for 25  minutes, or until a toothpick inserted and removed is clean or any wet cake batter.
  6. Let cake layers cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing by running a thin knife or offset spatula around the side of the pan to loosen the cake and turning over pan on wire rack. Remove the parchment paper liner if still on the cake. Cool completely before frosting.

For Buttercream Frosting:

For Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat the butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and mix on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and 1/4 cup of almond milk (or more if needed) and beat on medium speed until lightened in color.

To Assemble the Cake:

  1. Once cake is cooled place first layer on serving plate and frost with a buttercream layer to prevent the cake from moving once assembled.
  2. Add next layer of cake and repeat with layer of buttercream, smoothing over, and place last cake layer on top.
  3. Place cake in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, to let set up and to make frosting cake easier.
  4. Once cake has chilled, add about half of frosting to the top of the cake and using an offset spatula frost cake starting with the top and moving excess down the sides of the cake and smoothing as going.
  5. Decorate as desired with additional frosting, chocolate cups and sprinkles on the side.
  6. Cake will keep 3-5 days in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can omit the coffee and substitute in 1/4 cup almond milk or water. Coffee helps bring out the chocolate flavor, but is not essential.
  2. We have a heavy hand when we frost our cakes. If you think you'll want less frosting, swap the recipe with  3 sticks of butter, 1 cup cocoa powder, 4 cups powdered sugar and follow the recipe as stated. If you do end up with leftover frosting, you can freeze it for later use.
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