This is truly one of the easiest and most delicious chocolate cakes I've ever had. I've been making it for years, but recently, when I needed to quickly make a cake, I bought the richest cake mix I could find – and cake mixes can be sooooo yummy! However, to my surprise, our family felt this recipe was better.
2 c. flour 1 cup milk
1 tsp. salt 1 cup hot coffee (or 1 c. water + l/4c. cocoa)
2 c. sugar 1 c. vegetable oil *
1 tsp. baking powder 2 eggs
2 tsp. b. soda 1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
Sift together dry Ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add oil, coffee and milk; mix at medium speed for 2 mm. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 2 more mm. (Batter will be thin.) Pour into three greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 325F for 20—25 minutes. Cool cakes 10 minutes (in pans on wire racks). Transfer cake to sealed plastic container, and cool completely.
* Up to ¾ of the oil can be substituted for a fruit purée (i.e. Applesauce, strained raspberry or strawberry sauce) I add sugar to the left over purée and heat to simmer to reduce it, then use it as a sauce instead of icing.
1 1/4 c. sugar 6 T. Water
1/8 t. cream of tartar 3 egg whites, at room temp.
1/8 t. salt 1 t. vanilla extract.
1. Microwave sugar, cream of tartar, salt and water together for 8— 9 minutes. (600W oven) OR Put in saucepan over medium heat, set candy thermometer in place and boil, without stirring, until temperature reaches 260F or until a little mixture dropped in cold water forms a hard ball. Remove from heat.
2. In small bowl with electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
3. Pour syrup in thin stream into whites, beating constantly; add vanilla and continue beating until mixture forms stiff peaks. Frost cake.
1 cup milk
5 Tbsp. flour
½ c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ c. Shortening
Combine milk and flour in a saucepan; cook until thick. Cover and refrigerate. In a mixing bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add chilled milk/flour mixture and beat for 10 minutes. Frost cooled cake.