June 14, 2008

100!


well, i made it. 100 posts. i can't believe i found enough to talk about for 100 posts. june has been a very busy month with school ending and so i offered to make a cake for the teacher's appreciation luncheon at our daughter's school. i made my standard chocolate cake recipe (below) that i found on allrecipes.com many moons ago. it's very moist and has a wonderful crumb. i use it for regular cakes, cupcakes-both regular and mini sizes, and bundt pans. which is what i made. my dad brought me a castle shaped bundt pan a couple weeks ago and this was the first opportunity i had to use it where i didn't have the leftover cake laying around the house. i also made cookies for all the teachers and support staff and VP's and the retiring principal. unfortunatly i didn't get any pics of the cake. or the cookies. ah well... next time!
dark chocolate cake
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

DIRECTIONS
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.
*the only things that i have done differently the last few times i have made this is to substitute milk for the water, and not boil it. i also sifted the cocoa powder with the flour and other dry ingredients. the results are the same and you don't have to wait for the cocoa water to cool.

2 comments:

JaySpice said...

Thanks for the comment and suggestion! The cake got rave review. My daughter ate her whole cupcake and she usually just eats the icing off my cupcakes. My mom, who is calorie watching, ewww too sweet, type of person, even loved it!e

Lori said...

"ewwww too sweet" kind of person. He he he love that!

Congratulations on your 100 posts ! Love the cookies. Very pretty!