Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Chocolate Cake With Mocha Dressing Frosting

The lovely lady from whom I cribbed this recipe calls it her "crazy cake," but since I baked it up and served it to friends for the first time on Election Night 2006, I've been thinking of it as Victory Cake.

Either way you call it, it's the most straight-forward and reliable recipe for classic American chocolate cake I've ever seen.

This is the cake part.

Mix together:
--3 cups flour
--2 tsp. baking soda
--1 tsp. salt
--2 cups sugar
--1/3 cup cocoa powder

Pour in:
--1 tsp. vanilla
--3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
--2 tsp. white vinegar
--2 cups water
Whip with a fork until smooth, pour into 11"x13" tin (or equivalent, bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

This is the frosting part.

Mix:
--3 cups powdered sugar
--6 tsp. cocoa
--6 tsp. melted butter
--6 tsp. hot coffee
--1 tsp. vanilla
I'm telling you; it looks ridiculously easy, it is ridiculously easy, but it's awfully good.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Becks:

It was awfully good! Glad to have the recipe. The white vinegar is a little surprising!

12/27/2006 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

White vinegar crops up in some older chocolate dessert recipes. My grandmother's fudge recipe has it, to cut the sweetness.

12/27/2006 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Becks:

I always think putting it in a recipe with baking soda is going to make the batter explode all over my kitchen but, in those quantities, I guess not.

12/27/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous grackel:

so could one substitute 2T for 6tsp ? or is the quantity affected by the number of measurements? It looks like a great chocolate cake.

12/29/2006 01:03:00 AM  
Blogger Jackmormon:

Could one substitute 2T for 6tsp? Um, yes! Now, why did I have it the other way?

12/29/2006 09:53:00 AM  

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