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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chocolate Cake

This posting is dedicated to both Margaret and Rachel. I raise my fork to you and your love of chocolate cake.

On my to do list for tomorrow is to bake some sort of cake for home. I have not picked which kind yet but I thought I'd share with all of you my families most favorite chocolate cake.My Aunt started baking this cake forever ago and it is now what the extended family expects when chocolate cake is on the menu. This cake is great with whatever kind of frosting or icing you may like.We are overly fond of peppermint flavored seven minute frosting slathered on and sprinkled with crushed bits of peppermint candies. Seven minute frosting is a rare treat here,it involves egg whites and like meringue is fussy about humidity,remember we live in wet Oregon so it dose not always turn out.But the marshmallow cream likeness is a slice of heaven. Chocolate Ganache is great too. MMM

Chocolate how could one go wrong? So here is the recipe which came from the back of the Hershey's Baking Chocolate box that my Aunt had and then passed on to me.The recipe that is currently on the box is not the same and in my opinion not as good.

Hershey's Chocolate Cake-

Preheat the oven to 350

Mix in the following in order:

1 3/4 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup Baking Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Veg Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla

Once you have the above all mixed together add to it.

1 Cup Boiling Water I turn on the kettle as I start to mix the batter by the time I need the water it is boiling.

Makes: 1-9x13 cake
2- 9 inch cakes
3-8 inch cakes
Or about 24 cupcakes.If you are packing these in a lunch box send two,the cupcakes have
amazing trading power at lunch time.
For the cakes bake for 30-40 minuets.If you touch the top of the cake to check for done-ness the top will seem moist and stick to your finger tip.Try the straw test to check for done-ness instead.
For the cupcakes it is about 10 minutes baking time.

Happy baking.

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