One Smart Little Cookie is a collection of everything that brings inspiration, comfort and beauty into my life and home.
I love to create a beautiful home and enjoy it with my family.
It is sharing
what I love to do; baking and cooking in a healthier way without sacrificing flavor
, crafts,
party planning, activities, organization, and home decor.

Being a "Smart Little Cookie" is not about being perfect, it is about knowing how to enjoy life and family to it's fullest~to your fullest.
Due to my creative process, my home gets messy, my kids play in their jammies-all day sometimes (the terribly relaxed days tend to be my favorite),
and my hubby has become much more patient and supportive over the years with all of this.
In fact, he often has his own creative ideas and we both find ourselves anticipating our upcoming projects together~love him!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, but I've rejected denial, and with a toddler who is a budding creative type herself,
I feel accomplished when the dishes are in the dishwasher before naptime (not mine, hers).
I've accepted the fact that "spotless" cannot mean what I have always
envisioned in my mind, at least not with kids,
and I would rather enjoy my kids and beautiful home, than a spotless, sterile home.
I have learned to take each day, one day at a time, and everyday should leave us feeling inspired and more contented.
The day should leave us, whispering in our ear, "the day has been as well as it could have been done, and it has been done well."

Go ahead and take a bite, indulge yourself and try my recipes and crafty creations in your own home.
I hope to inspire you to feel like the "Smart Little Cookie" you are!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Moist Chocolate Bundt Cake

This Chocolate Bundt Cake is extra moist and delicious! The proof is in the...yogurt?

The Recipe

3 c unbleached flour                                            1/2 c plain fat free Greek Yogurt
1/2 t baking powder                                            2 c natural sugar
1/2 t salt                                                            2 t vanilla extract
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder                         3 eggs plus 4 egg whites
1 c I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread, or          1 c skim milk  
1/2 c real butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray 10 in. Bundt pan with Pam for Baking spray.

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa.  Set aside.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter, greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.  Add eggs and egg whites one at a time (mix egg whites two at a time), beating well after each addition.  Add flour and mix alternately, starting and ending with flour mixture.

Pour into Bundt pan and bake for 65-70 minutes, or until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.  Let sit for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack or plate to cool completely.

When cooled, drizzle Chocolate Glaze over the top ridge of the cake in a zig-zag design, allowing the glaze to follow the natural lines in the bundt cake.  Reserve extra glaze for sliced pieces of cake once sliced.

Chocolate Glaze

2 c powdered sugar                                                 1/2 t vanilla extract
4 T unsweetened cocoa powder                                4 T skim milk
1 T I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spread, 
      or Real Butter

In a medium bowl, cream butter with powdered sugar and cocoa.  Add vanilla, then add milk gradually until smooth; adding more or less to desired consistency.

Smart Little Cookie Tip:
I LOVE Greek Yogurt.  I love to eat it plain, with fruit, in dips, and in my baking recipes! Substitute an equal amount of Greek Yogurt, or your favorite plain yogurt, in place of any fat in a recipe; for sour cream, shortening, even eggs! Only substitute one of these ingredients in any one recipe or the magic won't work!
I also cut 1 whole cup of sugar out of this recipe and it still tastes sweet and delicious!

You can bake your Chocolate Bundt Cake and eat it too!

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