Recipe: Chocolate Cake for 50 Shades Party

April 24, 2012

Ladies: you know I’m a fan of the trilogy that begins with 50 Shades of Grey (are you saying  what’s this? read this. sadly, you have been living under a rock!) so when my friend suggested we have a book club/girls night to discuss the book I was all for it! About 15 of us gathered last house last Thursday for a little talk about the book and then a ‘presentation’ by a gal who — mature eyes only ahead! — sells all sorts of sex toys, lotions and fun items to spice up your life. Have you been to one of those? A must. We drank wine, giggled like little school girls and then walked away with a few items we couldn’t resist (truth). I love even when it comes to such intimate things, we all gossiped so we all wound up buying the same items!

The hostess provided lots of wine and munchies and then everyone added to the mix. If you’ve read 50 Shades (or just have seen the cover!) — you know a silver tie is a major theme throughout the book. I’m no baker — and my day was jam packed — however I got a wee bit creative and made this healthy-ish chocolate cake that’s topped with a silver tie. Easy, super tasty dessert to make!

1 can of pumpkin (I prefer Libby’s)
One box of chocolate cake mix
1 container of white frosting
1 small container of silver sprinkles
Toothpick (it’s your best kitchen utensil here!)

Mix cake mix with pumpkin in a large mixing bowl (I use my Cuisinart hand mixer for this). Do not use any other ingredients. Bake according to the directions on the box. This is my FAVORITE way to make a moist, low-fat chocolate cake.

Let cool and then apply frosting. Put in refrigerator for about one hour.

Using a toothpick very lightly create an outline of a tie and then slowly fill with sprinkles. The outline is a huge help to guide you. I placed small amounts of sprinkles into the container cap and then poured on the cake. I also used a toothpick to help me pick up any ‘rogue’ sprinkles. The whole process takes just five minutes, promise!


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  • My Dressy Ways

    How fun!!!!! I love the cake! I need to try a can of pumpkin filling instead of the regular box way to make cake - do you taste the pumkin in it?

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Ying: you do not taste it at all! It’s amazing and the pumpkin keeps the cake moist. You can try it with any flavor, just keep in mind the pumpkin can make a yellow cake look orange. LOVE doing this to make mini chocolate muffins. Just a thought!

  • Fashion By Alicia

    Sounds like a fun party!!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Definitely a fun one. Have you been to one of these parties before?! School girl laughing like nothing else. Love it.

  • Miss Megs

    I LOVE the book. I’m on chapter 15 today and the last 2 books just came in the mail. Such a cute idea!


    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Keep reading! It’s such a fun book… lots of imagination at work, haha.

  • Britney Garcia

    What a fun party!  I am kind of obsessed with the books as well:)

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one. :)

  • PennyPincherFashion

    Sounds like such a fun time - and that cake looks delish! :)

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Thanks! SUCH a fun night and the cake is awesome (finished it off the other day!).

  • Kristin & Megan

    I haven’t read the book, but the cake is awfully cute!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Haha, thanks Kristin! The tie is definitely a fun tie in yet got me thinking how much I can do using sprinkles.

  • blissconnection

    I love the decoration! We have a “Better then sex chocolate cake” recipe we share alot. We whould suggest that our hostesses can decorate it with a tie like the book! Great idea. Thanks so much!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      If the “Better than sex chocolate cake” is anything like I used to make while on WW, it definitely lives up to its description! :) Adding a tie on it would definitely be a fun twist.

  • Sandy a la mode

    yum! this looks divine!!!

  • Luminously Styled

    the cake looks yummy & easy to make!

    xo Lisa

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