A Birthday Cake – Chocolate

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I first heard about this cake from my sister. She said it helped her get through a tough day. I mean what doesn’t, cake make better. Have a bad day… eat cake. The End.

 Birthday Cake - Chocolate-8

I introduced this cake to Mr.PBandO about 3 months ago. He’s been complaining for years that not enough (chocolate ) baking comes out of our kitchen for him. He’s been feeling, baking neglected, of sorts.

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He is the ultimate chocoholic. If someone if offering up a dessert, my first question is “is it chocolate?” if the answer is no…. then he won’t eat it. Chocolate cheese cake is the only exception, apparently cheese doesn’t belong in dessert. (WHAT!)

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So when my sister passed this along to me, and mentioned it was super-fast to make, win, win, win!

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I may have created a monster, though…… I think I have made this 10 times in 3 months, I’m not even exaggerating, ….at all. He loves it so much, that this is what he requested for his birthday cake.

 Birthday Cake - Chocolate-5

One layer, chocolate frosting, that’s it… oh and the option to request a second cake later that week. Which he did, and he got.

Birthday Cake - Chocolate

So here it is…. The best quick fix cake….. or, is it a quick cake fix…. Or… forget it… just make it.

A Birthday Cake – Chocolate

[Adapted from http://www.marthastewart.com/334278/busy-day-chocolate-cake/]

1 ½ Cup of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
½ Teaspoon of Salt
6 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 Tablespoon of Vinegar
1 Cup of Cold Water


2/3 of Icing Sugar
6 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder
3 Tablespoons of Butter
2-3 Tablespoon of Milk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line with parchment paper a 8X8 pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix together vegetable oil, vanilla, vinegar and cold water. Make a well in the flour mixture, and pour the liquid into the well. Mix with a spatula or a wooden spoon, until smooth.

Pour into prepared pan, and bake for 4o minutes, or until a tooth pick comes clean.   Remove from the oven, and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan, by lifting the parchment paper, or loosen the sides and flip over onto your hand, and flip back and place cake on rack, bottom side down.

Make frosting;

Sift icing sugar and cocoa powder into a small bowl. Cream in butter, until I starts to blend, Pour 2 of the 3 tablespoons of milk, and start to stir, it will create a really creamy frosting. Add milk as needed.

Spread on cake and enjoy


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