Fudge Nut Cake for National Brownie Day

Who decides today is National Brownie Day? The internet in its intrusive way alerted me to this today. I mean, of course I am grateful and all too eager to celebrate brownies, any day. But does this mean that any person can up and decide that any day is a national holiday?

What if I wanted tomorrow to be National Bulldog Frown day?

national bulldog frown day

National Little Red Hen holiday ornament day? (one Izzy has not yet eaten, thankfully)

christmas little red hen

National new bathrobe day. (I’ll spare the picture because I look ravaged in it after my little night float stint in ICU).

Great, all good ideas. The autonomy to celebrate is one of the reasons I chose to move to New Orleans. This place reminds its residents that anyone can decide today is a holiday. Each and every moment is toastable. You can have a parade on a Tuesday in your own honor, should you have the gusto, the friends, the beads the band and the umbrellas. And the day off—which, in fact, I do. Happy brownie day. #onedayoffaweeksucks.

fudge nut cake

Fudge Nut Cake (worst name ever, teehee)

Adapted from Penzeys Spices

3 sticks (1 1/2 Cups) butter, melted and cooled

2 1/2 Cups sugar

1 TB. vanilla

6 large eggs

1 TB. instant coffee crystals or espresso powder (I use Starbucks kind)

1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts (when given the choice, I ALWAY choose pecans)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×13 baking dish and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring or whisking after each addition. Stir in the coffee or espresso powder. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon. Stir into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spread the batter in the pan and sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Let cool completely before cutting or the cake will crumble apart.

fudge nut cakes

Haiku #339 December 5th

Is that a kidney

stone I hear forming? Only

drank coffee for days.


Haiku #340 Dec 6th

The rhythms of the

ICU are not rhythms

of normal Sundays.


Haiku #341 Dec 7th

Advent should not be

about more than the coming

of Christ, but it is.


Haiku #342 Dec 8th

There is nothing so

profound as a quiet, slow

morning. Clouds go by.

One thought on “Fudge Nut Cake for National Brownie Day

  1. Yes indeed, this country most definitely needs a National Bulldog Frown Day, and National Little Red Hen Day! 😉 Ha, that is a horrible cake name! I guess even our beloved Penzeys isn’t completely perfect 😉

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