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This is my go-to chocolate cake recipe. The secret? A cup of coffee! Makes the cake super moist and delicious. Buttermilk also helps, yum, so needless to say, this recipe isn't for the super health-conscious. Then again, you're eating chocolate cake, so who cares!
The Barefoot Contessa's recipe will give you two wonderful tiers of chocolatey goodness with some delicious chocolatey frosting. Just an FYI, 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder in the frosting was way too much (for me at least). But if you love coffee, bring it. Also, I used 9-inch pans because most of the reviews said 8-inch pans were way too small. Regardless of any tweaks you make, this scrumptious cake will instantly become a surefire hit with the whole family.
It seems like every other day there is gossip, castin rumors, or a new trailer regarding a superhero movie. Definitely not complaining, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. We've got the Superman sequel, with a Batman cameo, the X-Men sequel, the Avengers sequel, a Justice League movie, The Flash, 800 movies with Wolverine, and of course we can't forget ol' Spider-Man. If you've been missing your nerdy dose of Peter Parker, Sony Pictures has just released the full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The latest installment stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field. Jamie plays Spider-Man's latest villain, Electro, while Peter figures out how screwed up and corrupt OsCorp really is when his BFF Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann) returns.
You may be experiencing series-fatigue after so many Spider-Man movies, but this trailer is definitely worth checking out!
This might be the coolest, or creepiest, thing you'll see all day! Take a look at Morgan Freeman pictured here. You'd immediately think it's just a photograph, right? Nope! It's actually a super realistic rendition of him ... finger-painted on an iPad.
That's right, Kyle Lambert, an "iPad artist," produced a video of how he painstakingly finger-painted this image of the famous actor on his iPad. Of course, everyone agrees that the only thing missing from this video is Freeman's iconic voice narrating it. But come on, this artistic and technological feat is still simply incredible.
Here it is. This is officially the best selfie ever. You'd never think that a movie franchise that started back in 1977 would ever end up with its own Instagram account in 2013. But it has happened. And Star Wars has picked the ultimate photo to continue with the promotion for the next movie in the series.
Darth Vader captioned his selfie with: "Another day at the office. #StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom" Damn, Darth even knows how to use hashtags. And you can't help but love the bodies strewn behind him. Doesn't look like he's too into filters either. And clearly he'd never get a white iPhone. And it's his first one, so we can forgive him for not using the front-facing camera. Damn, everything about this selfie is simply perfect. I never, ever thought I'd say that.
Everyone was completely shocked about the tragic death of actor Paul Walker over the weekend. He was only 40 years old and is reportedly the victim of a fiery car crash. Of course, in the days following his death, more and more details about what happened have been released. And it's all the more sad as it seems that this accident could have been avoided.
TMZ is reporting that cops now believe that Walker was in the middle of a high-speed street race with another car at the time of his death. Apparently they've received tips that Walker and the man who was driving, Roger Rodas, who also lost his life, had been racing before the crash. The area where the accident occurred is a popular street racing location.
So far, no one knows if another car was involved, and police are looking for footage and witnesses, but still ... how devastating would it be if racing were the cause that ended these two men's young lives?