Friday, February 18, 2011

Busy-Day Chocolate Cake

So on Valentine's Day I realized that afternoon that I had planned a great menu for dinner but hadn't planned a dessert. What? No dessert on Valentine's Day? That's just WRONG! So I quickly resolved this problem by making this cake to finish out our menu of Shrimp Scampi, garlic bread and Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons.

Now if the recipe looks familiar, it's probably because you've seen my recipe for Wacky Cake. They're basically the same thing, but this one makes a smaller cake.

I'm not going to include a recipe for frosting. I just used an MSPI-friendly can of frosting that I had on hand, but the frosting from the Wacky Cake recipe would be great, too. Or just go without. This cake is great, even without frosting.

Busy-Day Chocolate Cake
Source: "Mad Hungry" by Lucinda Scala Quinn

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 cup cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8-inch square baking pan, whisk together all-purpose flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

Make a well in center of flour mixture and add canola oil, pure vanilla extract, white vinegar and cold water. Whisk until well combined. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack before topping with frosting of choice or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Tip: Go to this link to watch Lucinda make this recipe.

Quick Start with MSPI Mama: This is one of my Quick Start recipes, as long as you skip adding frosting. In lieu of frosting, try a sprinkling of powdered sugar.


Anonymous said...

Hey, My son is allergic to both milk and soy too. he is allergic to egsg too. I am trying to get a good frosting recipe. This pink frosting looks yummy. Can you please post the recipe? Thanks a bunch. I am so happy I have stumbled on this place

Andrea said...

As I mentioned in the chatter above the recipe, I just used an MSPI-friendly store-bought can of frosting. It was vanilla and I added a few drops of food coloring. But a really good recipe for white frosting is to use the one on the Cookies n Cream Cupcakes recipe on my blog. Just don't add the cookies. :)

Jamie said...

What a great blog you have! The frosting is so very pretty!

Thanks for sharing your blog info on the My Baking Addiction Facebook page! Can't wait to see more of your creations!