Sprung Spring on Cape Cod & Toffee Chip Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake

      So Spring has sprung here on Cape Cod, ok so everyplace else had to copy us and start spring too but when it gets as good as it gets here on Cape Cod in the spring why would everyone else want to copy us. But as usual we have already had our one snow after the first of spring and as far as I am concerned that is enough. With Easter early this year I am just glad we got the snow out of the way before traversing the beach in snow to sunrise service. But I as usual I am looking forward to being with church family, on the beach watching the first light come up over the ocean horizon and fill the sky with His glory and presence. So are you ready for the change in the from cold to warmer, are you ready for roads to become more traveled, are you already taking advantage of the restaurants that have reopened. I am so ready, and so looking forward to most of the changes. There is something about spring and the new life it brings, the brighter mornings the longer evenings, neighbors that come out that have been snuggled in for the colder months, not forgetting those who flew south are starting to return. As we start to see and experience the sights and sounds of summer I get more and more excited about summer. Crowds, congestion yes, but color, warmth, barbecues, family and more. Humm Bring it on and may we take in every moment that comes our way and enjoy the coming newness that Spring on Cape Cod has to offer. Wow I am so experience, may the flowers start budding and the leaves begin to pop and all that goes with it. Can you tell Im excited, so where are you coming? Are you making plans, and to you who already live here, are you getting out, have you taken a walk lately on a beach lately or through a nature conservation area? You need to, there is so much beginning to happen. Ok before I start to ramble on any more,, go have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.   

      This weeks business report is a good old favorite that has had a bit of a change. Cooks Seafood restaurant is one of our favorites and yes they are open for business. This is one of those places that when we were vacationing they were a must stop at, at least 2 or 3 times in the short week we were here. Now that we live here, when the kids comes it is one of the top stops that has to happen, even for the one that does not eat fried clams, He loves their fish and chips. Anyway, changes, the big one, the sons of the original owner have bought the restaurant and are now updating it and their cousin has joined in on the fun. So although it has changed hands and the familiar face of Denise will no longer be behind the counters, two faces that were raised in the back and grew up in the shop are just moving to the front in a big way. And let me tell you the food has not changed one bit and is just as good as ever, and they have told us that the daily specials will continue and they are waiting on the transfer of the liquor license and April 1st to get the local brew flowing again. Unfortunately 10 days before they were to open we had that nice little storm with the high winds and it kind of took out the covered patio out front so that is not there right at this time, but give them time to see what they are going to do. As a reminder these guys only bough the Hyannis store and I do not have any information about the Mashpee store at this time. I a so excited to see family continue the business, and keep a great tradition going here on Cape Cod. Let's support these guys throughout the season.   
      The time has come, and I must get along on the nightly routine, you know the scoop by now, check to make sure all doors and shutters are secured and tight, make sure the gates and entrances are secure. Next I get to make a sweep of the grounds to be sure all the toys that have been gotten out during the daytime have been picked up and put away and those storage bins are secured. And last but not least need to be sure the dory is tied up in its appropriate place so that if needed she is ready at a the drop of a hat. We doesn't sound like much but it will take me a while so thank you for coming around and glad you took the time to visit. I sure do hope you had a good time and look forward to seeing you again. Have a great and wonderful, as you are here on ole Cape Cod. 
      It's that time for a little dessert and we are on the odd number month so that means bundt cake time. I think even with it being spring time that a little hot chocolate is not a bad idea. We have already had a fire in the fire place in the evening so I am sure with the full moon a clear night, well a little hot chocolate with a dash of peppermint schnapps and a nice piece of toffee chip hot chocolate bunt cake with a dollop of whipped cream could make the star sparkle just about anywhere. Hum, ok, ok, on with the recipe.
 
      This week's recipe: Toffee Chip Hot Chocolate Bundt Cake
 
      1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
      ½ cup shortening
      3 cups granulated sugar
      5 large eggs, at room temperature
      3 cups cake flour
      ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 
      ¼ teaspoon baking powder
      ¼ teaspoon salt
    1¼ cups milk, at room temperature
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      1 cup toffee bits
 
    For the glaze:
      ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
      4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (not chips)
      2 tablespoon unsalted butter
 
    For garnish:
      Mini marshmallows
 
      Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan and dust with unsweetened cocoa powder. Tap out excess cocoa powder. Cream butter and shortening in a large bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating well at medium-high speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add to creamed mixture, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until just blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and toffee bits. Pour batter event into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle glaze over cake and garnish with marshmallows.

For the glaze:
Place cream, chocolate, and butter in a bowl over simmering water. Cook and stir constantly until smooth.
Remove from heat and allow to cool about 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Gently stir a few times while it is cooling. Drizzle glaze over cake.

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