Around 14 years ago I was very riled up when the husband-man got me a bunch of roses on Valentine's Day. That very morning I had noticed that the nearest gas station was selling roses at double the usual price and I had wondered, "who are these fools who pay double the money to buy flowers on V Day". By evening I knew who they were. The husband-man has never got me flowers since. At least not on Valentine Day. I am more than happy.
However what with the kids and their celebrations at school, my outlook towards this day has mellowed to the point that now I accept this day as a big pink heart with a lollipop stuck to it. I actually look forward to getting the pink and red goody bags ready for the first grader who comes back with a candy loot after the V day party. Well some people have to do their business I guess.
Today I will share with you a Chocolate Cake which has a very close tie to Valentine's Day. This recipe was given to me a couple of years ago by my then seven year old niece, my friend R's daughter. She had made this cake with her mother and it was totally delicious. When I asked for the recipe, she had rattled off the exact recipe from memory and then told me that if I googled for "Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Cake", I would find it on internet. These kids are too smart I tell you.
Soon enough Big Sis too was hooked on to the cake. For LS's fifth birthday, both my niece R and Big Sis baked the cake. Usually they bake the cake as instructed in two 9" circles to make a two layer cake but since then they have made 3 layer cakes, a single layer large cake and even cup cakes with the same recipe. Big Sis has made it for my anniversary, for her sister's birthday and even for her own 11th birthday.
That smart 7 year old who shared this recipe with us turns nine on Valentine's Day this year. May she grow up to be as sweet and smart as she has always been and may her life be rich, moist and perfect like this cake.
The recipe is really simple and easy to follow with always delicious results. The cake is rich, moist and very chocolate-y. For most parts kids aged 7 and older can make this with some adult supervision. It does involve boiling water and using it, so that is the step when I would expect an adult to come in and grab the apron.
Best Chocolate Cake Ever
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease two 9" round pan with butter or vegetable oil.
If you have a cake mixer you can put all the ingredients together to make the batter. However I don't use one, so this is what I do.
First the dry ingredients
In a large bowl sift the
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour(or maida)
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp of salt
Next the wet ingredients
I use a blender for the wet ingredients so in the blender jar we put
2 cups of sugar
Beat until the sugar and eggs are mixed well
Next goes in
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Run the blender again until ingredients are well blended
Meanwhile set water to boil. We will need 1 cup of boiling water.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the blender and mix.
Next pour in the boiling water and run the blender for about two minutes. Check to see that the ingredients are all nicely mixed together.
Carefully pour the batter in the two pans and put them to bake.
Check in about 35 minutes. Insert a wooden toothpick to see if the cake is done. Once the cake is done, take out. Cool for a about 10 minutes and then take out on a wire rack and let it cool further.
Now comes the fun part of decorating the cake.
We have used Hershey's Chocolate Frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting to frost. The Cream cheese frosting when used to layer the cakes tastes the best. The rest is upto what the kids want to do with it
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