Sunday, April 10, 2011

18 Minute Chocolate Cake

This is another recipe I have, written in my 5th grade handwriting, that I copied from my Mom's recipe file. I love it because it's fast, almost as easy as a boxed chocolate cake, but so much tastier!

1. Mix together in a large bowl:
     2 cups flour
     2 cups sugar
     4 Tbs. cocoa powder
     1 tsp. baking soda
     1/2 tsp salt
2. Mix together, then add to dry ingredients:
     1/2 cup butter, melted
     1/2 cup vegetable oil
     1 cup water
3. Beat in:
     1/2 cup buttermilk (I use almost 1/2 cup milk + 1 tsp. white vinegar)
     2 eggs
     1 tsp. vanilla

Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13" cake pan (or jelly roll pan or 24 cupcake tins). Bake at 400° F. for 18 minutes, or until middle is set. Cupcakes take only about 12-14 minutes. Cool completely on a baking rack, then frost with chocolate frosting:

     3 Tbs. cocoa powder
     1/4 cup butter, softened
     2 cups powdered sugar
     1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine the first 4 ingredients with an electric mixer. Add milk a little at a time until the right consistency is achieved. Spread on cooled cake.

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