Saturday, February 7, 2009

How about some Chocolate?

I don't claim this recipe as my own but it was AWESOME. I'm pretty good at Googling something that I'm craving--this particular day it was Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting. All I had on hand was cocoa powder for the chocolate. I found this very easy cake with ingredients most of us have on hand already. Its says prep time is 30 minutes but it maybe took me 20. I also used the frosting recipe on the back of the cocoa powder.

Dark Chocolate Cake I

Submitted By: Carol
Photo By: Trishie
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
Servings: 12
"This is an elegant cake to make."
2 cups boiling water
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 1/4 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 3 - 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

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