"I'm not a glutton - I'm an explorer of food."
- Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Chocolate Cake

I know it seems weird to share a recipe for chocolate cake. Why? Well, for one, it seems like a pretty basic, simple item to make. I mean, what good homemaker wouldn't know how to make one? And second, I'm pretty sure that if people don't already have a favorite recipe, they certainly have a favorite brand of box mix. But you really need to try this one. I can't explain why it's so good - it just is! Sweet and moist, too! Several years ago I switched from metal baking pans and dishes to glass, and man - was I ever surprised at the results - especially in my cakes! When I grease the glass 9x13 pan and bake cakes at 325°, they rise so high and level, with no more hills or valleys down the center. Check it out and see if you notice a difference!

3 C. flour
2 C. sugar
6 Tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 C. oil
2 Tbsp. vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. cold water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl. Add wet to dry; whisk well. Pour into a greased 9x13 glass pan and bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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