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Monday, March 5, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Cake Bars

It is 32 degrees here this morning, headed to 80 before the day ends.  This time of year always poses a problem for the fashion conscience.  What to wear?  Annette has opted for her two-piece raspberry floral.  She is so ready for Spring!
To match her outfit, Annette has prepared these delicious treats...really more like a frosted brownie than cake.

chocolate raspberry cake  bars                                           
This is an easy dessert that packs a big punch.
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup (one stick) butter
Cream the butter and sugar.  Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add flour and baking powder and beat until combined. Add syrup.
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1½ cups chocolate syrup
Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350° for 28 minutes.  Cool.
cream topping
½ cup (one stick) butter
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ cup seedless raspberry preserves
1 tablespoon cream
Combine filling ingredients and beat until smooth.  Place on cooled cake.  Set in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill while making glaze:
1 cup milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons butter
Cook in the microwave for one minute. Stir until smooth.  Cool and spread on cake. Freeze for 30 minutes and cut into squares.

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