Friday, May 1, 2015

Easy Chocolate Cake

It's Friday. I have been waiting for this day since Monday. #weekendlove

This week has been full of highs and lows. I think that is my life now. Getting through the lows knowing that there will be the highest of highs just around the corner. 

When the highs come I want to jump around, scream and dance. And of course cake is always good. 

Chocolate cake is my favorite dessert. If I am at a restaurant and any form of chocolate cake is on the menu I am getting it.  Lava cake, Fudge cake, Triple Layer cake, yes please!

It is my special treat because to be honest I don't make cake at home. There is three reasons for this:

  1. Mr. J doesn't like cake. Although I could eat a whole cake all on my own it isn't advisable on a regular basis.
  2. I don't have a cake stand or any other kind of cake storage. This makes the whole process a bit of a pain once you enjoy the first slice.
  3. Frosting. I HATE making frosting. Powder sugar is the worst to work with in my opinion but you cannot have cake without frosting. 

This cake takes care of all of these issues. My 9 X 13 pan has a nifty lid and storage is a super quick.  The frosting of this cake, although having powder sugar, is boiled on the stove and doesn't need to be whipped in the mixer. The mess is minimal. And finally the cake comes out fudgy, almost brownie like, once the frosting soaks into the cake and cools.

The whole cake can me done in about 45 minutes from start to finish. Then you just have to wait till it cools. A difficult task when the whole house smells like chocolate. 

So we had cake all week. Cake for a day of extra smiles. Cake for the first overnight in the crib. Cake when Dad comes home from work. Cake for the first 70 degree day. 

Easy Chocolate Cake

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert chocolate cake
Ingredients (serves 12)
    For the Cake:
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 2 eggs
    • 1½ cup whole milk
    • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • ½ cup butter
    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    For the Chocolate Frosting:
    • ½ cup butter
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • ¼ cup milk + 2 Tbsp
    • 5 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    For the Cake:
    Preheat oven to 400°

    Liberally spray or grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

    In a large bowl whisk together sugar, flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.

    In another bowl whisk eggs, milk, vinegar and vanilla together. Set aside.

    In a saucepan melt butter, shortening and cocoa powder together, whisking until completely melted and smooth.

    Remove from heat and pour into flour mixture, and then add the other liquid ingredients. Stir together until smooth and there are no more lumps.

    Pour into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes until center of cake is set.

    Prepare icing when cake is almost ready, approximately 5 minutes before the baking time is complete.

    For the Chocolate Frosting:
    Melt butter, cocoa powder and milk together over medium heat. Bring just to a boil and remove from heat. Whisk in powered sugar and vanilla until there are no lumps.  Pour icing over hot cake in pan.

    Allow cake to cool before slicing. The frosting will harden and soak into the cake.
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