Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake Express

** Double recipe for 9x13 or 2 layer round cake

1.5 C all purpose flour
3/4 C granulated sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 TBS cider vinegar
1/2 C vegetable oil
1 C water
1/2 C bakers chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease and flour (or cocoa) an 8"x8"x2" baking pan. In a mixing bowl combinethe first 5 ingredients. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the vanilla, vinegar and oil, then gradually stir in the water. Continue stirring until thoroughly blended, but do not over mix! Stir in bakers chocolate chips :) Pour batter into the baking pan and bake, uncovered for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't over bake; the secret of the cake is moistness. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan to the rack to cool completely. Serves around 6.

* Note: When I made it for Vilo's birthday we made a 4 layer cake with strawberry jam in between each layer and a dark chocolate frosting. It was a bitter dark chocolate cake. If you like sweet add, 1 cup sugar and semi-sweet chocolate chips instead.

Other suggestions include adding a tiny amount of cinnamon and or cayenne for a mexican cocoa kick. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Banana Bread


1 1/2 cups white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 oz butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 mashed bananas
5-6 Tbsp milk

350 oven. Grease bread pan. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream butter and sugar. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and bananas. Mix thoroughly. Add flour mixture gradually, alternating with the milk. Pour into pan. Bake 1 hour until toothpick comes out clean.