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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Perfectly Chocolate Cake

I love chocolate cake! 
That being said, I have several favorite recipes.
 This is one of them.
 This is an easy recipe because you don't need to cream the
 butter and sugar first. Just combine the dry ingredients in one large bowl
 and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.
 Then combine the two and beat for 2 minutes.
 Stir in the boiling water.
The batter will be very thin.
 I use a 9x13 pan because it's the easiest, and you can
 frost it right in the pan. Pour the batter into a sprayed 9x13
 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. 
You can also make it in 2 - 9" round pans and make it a layer cake. 
 Now make the frosting. 
The most important part of any good cake is homemade frosting. 
Wash out the large bowl and the beaters. Combine the ingredients.
 and... beat until fluffy!
 Frost the cooled cake.
 This is fabulous with a tall glass of cold milk! 
 perfectly chocolate!
Skim milk, because you want to watch your calories!


  Perfectly Chocolate Cake
2 C sugar
1-3/4 C flour
3/4 C Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 t baking powder
1-1/2 t baking soda
2 eggs
1 C milk
1/2 C oil (vegetable, corn, canola)
2 t vanilla
1 C boiling water


Combine dry ingredients. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
Beat for 2 minutes on medium.
Stir in the boiling water. Batter will be thin. Pour into a sprayed 9x13 pan.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. For 9" cake pans about 30-35 minutes.
Cake is done when it springs back when lightly touched.
Let cool 10 minutes if you want to remove the cake from the pans.
Let cool completely to frost.


 Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
1 stick butter
3 C powdered sugar
2/3 C cocoa
1/3 C milk
1 t vanilla
Melt the butter in the microwave. Mix in the cocoa and powdered sugar adding the milk as you go.
Beat on medium speed until creamy. Beat in the vanilla until fluffy. Makes about 2 C.


Chocolate is the answer!

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24 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I've made this and it's great! I use the frosting when I need it for other things:@)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Oh, my this looks delicious! We have a favorite that's called Mississippi Mud but this looks like it could rival it! Thanks for sharing!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Oh yea, now we're talking.. :) transforming those simple ingredients into something that looks that yummy is wonderful to me.. I'm no good at baking so I'll just look at yours and imagine..

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Oh man...your pictures are delicious! If it weren't almost 10 pm I'd be in the kitchen starting this cake!
Susan

subgirl said...

Rita, call me crazy, but shouldn't there be some cocoa in the cake batter? The picture sure looks like a chocolate cake, but I can't find the chocolate in the cake recipe! Just sayin'.........

Rita May said...

Hi subgirl, OOPS! Thanks for spotting the omission. all fixed now. Good call!!
Rita

Beth Adams said...

Heading to the kitchen to make this. Thanks. brb
http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh yummy. My all time favourite dessert.

Ava said...

Looks great. Love your blog. I see you love Longaberger pottery like me! :o)

Southerncook said...

Oh my, I am now craving Chocolate Cake. I rarely make it because DH won't touch it. I would be left with eating the whole thing, NOT GOOD. I really like your blog.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Southerncook said...

Back to mention that after cruising your blog I noticed that you are a FL girl too. I am too living in N FL.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Elsa said...

This looks great! I'm not sure I've never added boiling water to a cake.

Anonymous said...

What is equivalent to a stick of butter, cup wise?

Rita May said...

1 stick of butter is = to 1/2 C or 1/4 pound.

Anonymous said...

perfect thank you! I have seen this in many recipes and I didn't know how much it was.

Carrottopsmomma said...

I am making this cake right now. I noticed that there wasn't any salt in it. Looked up the original...it calls for 1 tsp salt.
Thanks for posting this recipe. I had forgotten all about it and how much I love it. Making it for hubby for his b-day.

Rita May said...

I rarely put salt in sweet baked goods because I don't like that salt under-taste. You could put in a pinch, but I think 1t is too much. Thanks for visiting!

JAZZY said...

I just made this cake and its awesome, but ive made the frosting twice and it still doesnt look like yours.

Do you have any suggestions or know what i did wrong?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

So so good! Made this recipe for the husband last night. It was my first time ever making a cake from scratch. I loved it and used only a cup and a third of sugar (I'm sure it's great with two) I'm just now learning to cook though and had to experiment. Where would I be without all of the bakers and homemakers out there?

Amber said...

I made this cake this afternoon and it is amazing!!!!! I will be making this many more times! Thank you for posting such a yummy recipe, now I am off to browse around your blog a little more.

Natasha Sandoval said...

If I cut this recipe in half, any idea how long it should bake for?

Melissa said...

Could you substitute coffee for the boiling water?

Paula B. said...

This does look delicious, and I am always on the look-out for a great frosting recipe. Every time "the girls" play cards, I make a different chocolate cake for our dessert. I am definitely trying this one, and as someone mentioned will sub coffee for the water.

kim said...

We love chocolate cake so will have to make this too, thanks!!!!!