Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wonder Chocolate Cake

I loved making this as a kid for a few reasons: 1) the part about making 3 holes and then trying to keep everything from spilling out, 2) mixing it all up in one pan, and 3) yumminess!

Today I do mix it in a separate bowl with a trusty wooden spoon because it's easier to get at all the dry ingredients (in a square pan they sometimes get left unmixed in the corners, though this isn't a serious problem). It's a relatively quick little cake to whip up, and is very moist.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift or whisk together:
1+1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup sugar

Make 3 holes in the dry ingredients and pour in:
6 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (almond extract is also good)
1 tablespoon vinegar

Pour 1 cup cold water over everything and mix well, though don't worry about every little lump. In this particular case I also stirred in about 2/3 cup coconut. Pour into an ungreased 9" square or round pan and bake for 35-40 minutes; top may crack a little.


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  2. we made his cake often growing up but there were a couple differences ...we doubled the recipe but instead of using melted butter we used 1/2 cup oil( for doubled recipe) or 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup oil, then mixed it all up in a bowl wih a mixer then poured it into a 9x13 pan put it into 325 degree oven for 30 mins

  3. I'd guess this originally used oil and at some point it got switched to butter or margarine. I've also heard of similar recipes with mayonnaise.