Food for Flowers

 

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I have taught cooking classes to many people in my kitchen throughout the years; taught large groups at military spouse functions, but today was the first day I have taught a guy aside from my boys, Andre & Toren; and it was at his request!  Adam was a quick learner, even though his kneading was more like punching and jabbing the dough ;o)!  His bread loaves and chocolate cake came out beautifully ~ Great job Adam Arnold! Welcome to retirement ~ and thanks for the flowers!

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Double Chocolate Cake

this is so quick and easy, you mix it right in the pan you bake it in!  Perfect 1st cake for the box-cake maker!

  • 1 2/3 flour
  • 1 c sugar (I use brown)
  • 1/4-1/3 c cocoa
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1 c hot water or buttermilk
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 c chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar

Heat oven to 350; mix dry ingredients in an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch pan; stir in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Sprinkle chips over top of batter.  Bake 30 – 35 minutes or when cake passes the toothpick test!

You can make a spiced version with carrots and applesauce by omitting the cocoa & chocolate chips and adding 1/2 cup shredded carrots, 1/2 cup applesauce and increasing the flour to 2 cups + 2 T, and add 1/2 tsp baking powder. Don’t forget the cream cheese frosting!

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