Monday, July 9, 2012

Char-co-late Cake

A few days ago I made one of my all time favorite cakes.  It is soft and yummy, but has a texture that is more dense than a regular cake, but not as dense as a brownie.  In a word...perfect.  Unless, you ask my husband or brother-in-law, but what do they know, right?? (their complaint would be the chocolate part)

This cake is super simple and traditionally has a glaze on top, but that is the only part I am not completely in love with.  Powdered sugar instead...can't go wrong...OOH and don't forget some heavenly vanilla bean ice cream.  

The directions say to use a 13x9 cake pan, but mine broke (it was a Pampered Chef pan that I had for ages and ages) so I improvised with a couple of what I call biscuit pans that were my Granny's, and divided the batter between 2 of them.  

TWO chocolate cakes.  Never mind that it is really only one that was divided, be happy with me people!!

First one...devoured.  Aaackk, not by me alone!!

Second one...I stole a corner piece out of the pan and gobbled it up and then hid the pan in the oven.  You know what is coming don't you?  

Friday evening as I went my merry way making homemade fried chicken/onion rings and biscuits all was right with the world until I opened the oven door to slip the biscuits in.  <insert woefully sad face>  The knife was even stuck to the top of the cake.  The pan was pulled out and set on the grill top to cool until I could decide if it could be salvaged.  This is where it is important to note that if a blogger has intentions to photograph something she should probably tell other people not to move, touch, throw away or clean certain things.  

Gonna have to trust me on this was Char-co-late Cake.  On the flip side, it is such a darn good recipe you should really give it a try.  Try it, you'll like it. Really. I mean it.  Just don't put it in the oven to hide it.  

Here ya go:


3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups hot water

In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together, then make a well in the center.  Pour in the oil, vinegar, vanilla and water.  Stir gently with a spoon, then switch to a whisk and GENTLY mix together with the whisk until the majority of the lumps are gone.  Do not use a mixer (I have no idea why not, except that is how I've always done it).  Pour into a 13x9 pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.  

Once the cake is cool, you can glaze it with this...or just use powdered sugar on your plate, or drizzle with chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce or ALL of the above:

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix the sugar and cocoa together in a small bowl.  In small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer, then add the sugar/cocoa mixture.  Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes at full boil.  Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes, then stir in the vanilla.  Use a fork to poke holes over the entire surface of the cake, then pour the glaze over it and spread it around as needed.  Let it cool until the glaze hardens.



  1. I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to help devour the first cake...and it was delicious!!!! So sorry cake #2 was sacrificed to the oven gods! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. You are welcome. It was a fun afternoon, wasn't it!

  2. Oh, my goodness! Do my eyes deceive me?? This is a VEGAN recipe! I must try it. Thank you dear sister!

    1. Wow, I've never made this for you??? You could probably even switch the flour to decrease the gluten. Since I split the batter between two pans (you know the ones I am talking about right?) you could likely halve the recipe just as easily.

  3. Glad I got to help devour the first cake too, and the boys loved the extra you sent home with me. Thanks again so much for a wonderful day at the lake! :) And thanks for the recipe!

  4. Don't mind me laughing over here... I had a very similar twice baked cookie incident last summer... Had to kitten proof the cookies while the icing set so I stuck them in the oven overnight, didn't get them bagged up in the morning, called Mr.Me to start supper that evening, didn't occur to either of us that the cookies were still in there until he went to put whatever it was we were making for dinner into the oven. Luckily the cookies survived better than it sounds like your cake did!

    Incidentally, LOVE your kitten story, too- this is how my family of 4 came to be. Well 3 of 'em anyway, couldn't separate the surviving three (litter of 6, mama claimed one, not the other 5, 2 didn't make it) so I'm 4 cats toward crazy cat lady status!



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