You may have noticed that there is a lot of purple on my blog today. It will be there until May 16th to help raise awareness and to remember Maddie Spohr.
I know you are here for the torte, but I wanted to take a minute to announce the 2nd Annual Blogging for Babies Event. This year will be different than last year though due to recent events of the Spohr family to whom my heart goes out, especially today as they are gathering with their loved ones to remember Maddie and celebrate her life.
So, to remember Maddie, and all the families and babies who are affected by prematurity, my blog (and many others) have gone purple - the color for the March of Dimes.
Blogging for Babies is a food blogging event that anyone can participate in. The rules are simple:
1. Make something small - as in small in size or individual servings - sweet, savory, whatever - and post it before May 10th - they entries are small, as in Little Wonders, like the babies and families they are meant to pay tribute too!
2. When you blog about it, please link to this event notice, and if you have a story about children (yours, someone else's, whoever) that you want to share, please do! Also, please feel free to use the Little Wonders badge on your post.
3. Please email the following for your post so I can include you in the roundup - send to phemomenon[at]gmail[dot]com:
Your Blog Name
Your Blog URL
Your Post URL (permalink)
A photo (250 x 250 pixels if possible)
I offered some prizes last year and have a few things in the works right now so stay tuned for more information on that! If by any chance you have something you would like to offer as a prize, please email me at phemomenon[at]gmail[dot]com
As some of you may know, I have been active with the March of Dimes for a few years now, but it never hit so close to home as on October 13, 2007 when Cole was born 7 1/2 weeks early at 3lb 6oz. After a relatively brief 28 day stay in the Newborn Intesive Care Unit (NICU) Cole was able to come home at a whopping 4lbs 12oz. He is now 18 months old, 16 mo 1 week adjusted. He is doing quite well considering what we could have been faced with, and for this I am and always will be eternally grateful.
This is not the case for everyone whose lives are touched by premature births and by this precious tiny people. That is why all my heart goes out to the Spohr family while they are dealing with the loss of their sweet little Maddie. I usually ask that you try to sponsor my little family team in our March of Dimes March for Babies walk (this year on May 16th), but this time, I ask that you go to the Spohr's blog and see why I am passionate about the March of Dimes and the research and work that they do to work towards all babies, someday, being born healthy and strong. Instead of sponsoring us, please, if you can donate any amount at all, please donate it in remembrance of Maddie on the Spohr's blog.
Even if you can't donate, but you want to help, please participate in this Blogging for Babies event to get the word out about the March of Dimes. You could even sign up and create your own family and friends (or business or whatever) team and walk in a local March. Every little bit helps with raising awareness about this!
It is interesting that this week was my turn to choose the recipe since it is actually also my one year anniversary of being part of the fabulous Tuesdays with Dorie! I don't know I would have done without this group and the support of the friends I've made here!
Thank you, thank you, thank you Laurie for being a genius and coming up with this idea in the first place, and thank you to Dorie for such a fantastic book and being so supportive of the group!
For the Almond Whipped Cream (Optional):
1 1/2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
1 or 2 amaretti or amarettini, crumbled, or a few spoonfuls of toasted sliced almonds, for decoration
Put the butter, sugar and eggs into the processor and process for about 3 minutes, until the batter is very smooth and has a satiny sheen. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed so the ingredients blend evenly. Pour in the amaretti and almonds and the melted chocolate and pulse just until they are thoroughly incorporated. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out almost clean - streaky is more what you're looking for. The cake will dome slightly and the top will look dry; it might even crack - don't worry. Transfer the cake to a rack to cool for 15 minutes.
To Make the Optional Almond Whipped Cream:
Slice the cake and top each slice with a spoonful of almond whipped cream, if you have it, and a sprinkling of crushed amaretti or toasted almonds.