Monday, October 4, 2010

Paint The Town

My friends + I will use any excuse to throw a party.  Birthdays, holidays, TV show viewings, job promotions, you name the occasion we are most likely toasting Veuve to commemorate it! When my friend Angela recently moved to a fabulous new place on the Upper West Side it seemed obvious that a "painting party" was in order, so that was exactly what we did this Saturday morning.

After dissecting back issues of Domino {RIP}, scouring design blogs + over analyzing Benjamin Moore swatches, colors were chosen, mimosa were poured + we got to work.  I decided we might need a something sweet to keep us motivated mid-morning so I baked a chocolate chip coffee cake before hopping on the 1 train uptown.


Janet's Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake {adapted from here}

Grocery List

Dairy- 1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature
           2 large eggs at room temperature
           1 cup sour cream

Dry Goods- 2 cups all-purpose flour
                    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
                    1 teaspoon baking soda
                    1 1/4 cups sugar
                    1 cup chocolate chips {Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips taste best!}

Spice Cabinet- 1/2 teaspoon salt
                        1 teaspoon cinnamon
                        1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract {my favorite kind}

Game Plan

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.  In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda + salt.  In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup sugar + cinnamon.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter + remaining 1 cup sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then beat in sour cream + vanilla.  Fold in the the flour mixture in 2 parts until just combined.  Pour half the cake batter into the pan + sprinkle with half the cinnamon-sugar mixture + half the chocolate chips.  Spoon the remaining batter over the filling as evenly as possible spreading gently.  Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture + chocolate chips.

3. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown + tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

4. Enjoy! 



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