Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crazy Chocolate Cake

This is what a delicious cake looks like when decorated by a one-year-old and a four-year-old!!!

From Penzeys Spices catalog Spring 2011.

3 cups Flour
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Vinegar
2 cups Water
2 cups Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 cup Vegetable Oil (Canola works.)
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and bake in a greased 9x13 pan or two grease and floured round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes for 9x13, 22-25 minutes for layers. Cool on a wire rack. If using round pans, remove from the pans after about 30 minutes. Frost when completely cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting
6 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Butter, softened (1 stick)
2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
4 1/2 cups Sifted Powdered Sugar, divided
2-4 tsp Milk (if needed)

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat well. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar. Beat in 1 tsp. of milk at a time if it is too thick to spread. Refrigerate after the cake is frosted.

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