Memorial Day & Coca-Cola Chocolate Bundt Cake

      So Memorial Day is now upon us and this is the official start to summer vacations and open season for tourist here on Cape Cod. Not that we have already been seeing an influx of of traffic already, but I do believe with a wicked wonderful forecast for this long holiday weekend I believe we are going to see a major jump. But what is Memorial Day other than another holiday that most of us white collar workers get off. It is a time that we take to honor our service men and women. There are several services and tributes going on around the Cape this weekend so if you are able, take the time to be apart of one of them. If it was not for them our freedom would not be, and our continued ability to express our freedom would be in even more jeopardy that it is. If you eat, breath and sleep USA and you enjoy all the freedoms that we have to offer and you want to continue to enjoy them. Then give a special honor to those who have gone before us pathing the way so that we can live in a free nation and country. If all you want is to come here to try to change us to what you once remember from somewhere else, please pack up and go back, for many of our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, grandparents and great grandparents have shed their blood that we could be who we are. It's about time we Americans, join hands with those who want to make this country great, keep this country great and to those who want to be a part of that and support it in every way continue to honor and support those who service us and our country in every branch of service. Sounding a little political to you, absolutely not, patriotic, you bet. I bleed Red,White & Blue, and can not that enough those who have made it possible for me to live in such a great country. A special thank you to my Dad who serviced in the Navy, my Father in Law who serviced in the Navy, and my brother in law who is a retired Army Lt Colonel and to the many others in my life who have served. Thank you. Have a great start to the season and hope you have a safe and happy summer, especially if you are able to do it right here on old Cape Cod.

      Business report: First one we have is my favorite motel Old Landing Motel with innkeeper David Maslin at your service, he is like no other. Check them out on facebook at The Old Landing Motel or on the web at http://www.oldlandingmotel.com. This motel is nestled just off of Sea St Beach in Dennis Port and is central located to just about everything on the Cape with easy access to and from the MidCape free way, and exit 9. You can stay and play all day on Sea St beach which is just across a parking lot and down the steps or if you really prefer a pool he has that also. David is one of the finest innkeeper that you will ever want to meet and he make a mean cup of expresso as well for his guests. If you need a place to stay give Old Landing Motel a try and I think you will be oh so pleased with your stay and it's hospitality.

      The second business report is a young man who is one of my neighborhood who is finally getting the opportunity to get his own plumbing business started. Benning Plumbing, He is located in South Dennis, so he is centrally located and can get around fairly easy to just about anywhere on the Cape. He specializes in New plumbing, remodels, gas piping, service and repair. You can reach Matt Benning at 774-722-3755 or email him at [email protected]. Love to see young people learning a trade and working in the area to help support the community. Hope you have a long and fruitful business journey Mr Matt.    
      Well the time has come to wish you a good evening and a wonderful say. Glad you could make it out to see the old timer and her keeper. I need to make sure this place is spit spot on as this is the big weekend that kicks off the summer fun and we will be rolling with visitors from all over and we want to be at our best. So I will make the rounds and usual and give an extra cleaning to all the extras we have out to show everyone. Then make sure that that rescue equipment is in good working order and stored in their appropriate places so in the event a need would arise it would be ready at a moments notice. And last make sure the dory is all cleaned up and in ship shape condition ready for anything that she may be called to duty to do. Well y'all have a great time while you're here on this wicked cool place we call Cape Cod and most of all hope it is a safe and enjoyable time for you. See y'all soon again. 
      This is a great easy recipe that is one of the more simpler recipes without using a boxed cake mix. Why use a box mix when you can make it this easy from scratch. One of the other things that drives me nuts is you have a great cake then want to smother it in more sweetness that just puts it so over the top that you now lose the flavor of the cake. I know some folks can't get enough sweetness but I am just the opposite, I want just the enough to make me smile and not make my teeth hurt. So this recipe did come with a frosting topping but I am changed it to just a nice dusting of powdered sugar, nice and simple. If you feel the need, you can find your own chocolate or caramel frosting or topping. Anyway you go I hope you give this a try and enjoy. If you don't normally keep Coke in the house go buy a bottle at your local convenience store. Happy Baking. 
 
      This week's recipe: Coca-Cola Chocolate Bundt Cake      
 
      1      stick      unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
      2      cups      flour, plus more for dusting pan
      2      cups      Coca Cola - classic - not diet
      1      cup        dark cocoa powder
   1¼      cups       honey
   1¼      tsp         baking soda
      1      tsp         salt
      2      large      eggs
      1      cup        powdered sugar (for topping)
 
      Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, Coca Cola and cocoa powder until butter is completely melted. Add honey and whisk until dissolved. Remove mixture from heat and set aside to cool.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk eggs until just beaten, then whisk into cooled cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold flour mixture into chocolate mixture. Do not over beat. Mixture will be slightly lumpy. Pour mixture into Bundt pan and bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, 35-45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cake cool in pan. Once completely cool, use a knife to gently loosen sides of cake from pan and invert onto a cooling rack. For garnish dust top of cake with powdered sugar. 

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