If your mother lives nearby, why not bake her a cake for Mother’s day?  It’s a simple gift that is beautiful, everyone will enjoy, and is easy to make… it begins with a boxed cake mix!

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Chocolate Cake

1 boxed chocolate cake mix (see package for additional ingredients.  Usually oil, water and eggs)

1 Tbs. Instant espresso

1 tsp. cinnamon

Prepare cake mix according to instructions on box.  Add espresso powder and cinnamon to water before mixing.  Bake and cool.

Chocolate Ganache:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

3 Tbs. liqueur, (optional)

Place chocolate in a heat-safe glass bowl (pyrex).

Heat cream in a pan on medium-high on the stove until it begins to boil.  Pour hot milk over the chocolate, and stir carefully until smooth and glossy and silky.  Add liqueur.

Let ganache cool and pour over cake.  The longer you let it cool, the thicker the glaze, so I let mine cool for at least ten minutes.

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Slice strawberries 1/4″ thick and arrange in concentric circles to form a rose design.

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Refrigerate before serving.  Enjoy, and happy Mother’s day… or any day!

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