Monday, July 09, 2012

Chocolate Cake Supreme

Little Toddler Man's 3rd Birthday party was on Saturday. When I asked him what he'd like for his cake he had two very specific requests. It had to be "brown" cake and it had to have "diggers" on it.

Given these particulars I set to work. (BF)G made a trip one day after work to Toys R Us for the diggers, and I dug out my tried and true favourite chocolate cake recipe. The recipe came from Myrna, a wonderful lady, who was part of our close knit Highland Dance community here.

I've made it countless times over the years, it's easy as can be, and has never failed me yet! Next time you have a need for chocolate cake try it out! You won't be disappointed! Promise!

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Makes awesome cupcakes too!

Chocolate Cake Supreme

2 cups flour
1 2/3 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine (or if you're like my Mom and feel ill at the very thought of using butter or margarine go ahead and sub in shortening instead)
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 350F (170C)

Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl, beat with mixer on medium speed for two minutes until creamy. Pour into greased and floured pans or divide into muffin tins lined with cupcake liners.

Bake for:
2 9" rounds - approx. 35 minutes
1 9x13" rectangle - approx. 35 minutes
Cupcakes - approx. 20 minutes

When cool complete with buttercream frosting.

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Fluffy Buttercream!

Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine (or again see note above about subbing)
1 tsp vanilla
2-4 TBSP milk
4 cups icing (confectioner's sugar)

Mix all with hand mixer until creamy and smooth.

Variation: for chocolate add in 1/3 cup cocoa powder

Told ya it was easy peasy! :)

Happy Birthday LTM!

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