Friday, January 27, 2012

National Chocolate Cake Day - January 27

It's chilly outside, perfect for baking, so I plan to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day by making two of my favorite chocolate cakes this weekend: 
5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake & Chocolate Sheet Cake (reposted below).


5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 large coffee mug (plenty of those around here!)


Add dry ingredients to mug.  Mix well.  Add egg and mix well.  Pour in milk and oil.  Mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.  Place mug in microwave and cook for three minutes.  Cake will rise a little over the top of the mug.  Allow to cool (I make it about 30 seconds!) and enjoy!  Sometimes I dump it on a plate and add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top!








Mix the following, & set bowl aside:
2 cups sugar 
2 cups flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

Bring the following to a boil, remove from stove,
then mix it with bowl you set aside:
1 stick butter
1/4 cup shortening
4 tbs. Hershey's cocoa
1 cup brewed coffee (or water)

Pour into sheet cake/jelly roll pan and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
While the cake is baking, make the fudge frosting:



Fudge Frosting:

Bring the following ingredients to a boil:
1 stick butter
5 tbs. brewed coffee (or milk)
1/4 cup cocoa

Mix in the following ingredients, & pour over warm cake:
one pound powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Yummy!  Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee!









Several years ago I asked my mom for some of her original hand-written recipes; the same recipe card she used when teaching me how to make this cake is posted below:









About eight years ago I started having my mom re-write some of our favorite family recipes for me because some of the recipe cards were written in the 1970's and had faded. I took pictures of the finished product.  It is a work in progress:  a family cookbook of pictures and our favorite recipes!






"All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
(Charles M. Schulz)
Melanie 

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