Friday, July 30, 2010

50th Post! Let's have cake to celebrate!

This is Teen Vegetarianism's 50th post! Hoooooraaaaay! What better way to celebrate it than with a piece of cake? Here is my favorite recipe for chocolate cake. It can be found on a box of Hereshey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. To make it taste even better, try making homemade chocolate frosting, too!

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 unsweetened cocoa powder (Hershey would like me to say "Hershey's Cocoa Powder" but feel free to use any kind)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour pan**.
2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into pan.
3. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely, then frost if desired.

**You may use two round pans for a double-layered cake, a 13" by 9" pan for a sheet cake, or muffin tins for cupcakes.

You can use store bought frosting, or you can make your own. Here is a recipe for chocolate frosting. (This also comes from the back of the Hershey's Cocoa box)

1 stick butter or margarine
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup mlk
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt the butter, then stir in the cocoa. Add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed. Stir in vanilla.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think of this recipe!

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