Thursday, September 18, 2008

The best chocolate cake recipe ever!

Today is my husband's birthday and we're all set to celebrate! We've got cards and presents and cake, of course! This is one of the first times in a long time that I have made something other than chocolate cake for a birthday around here. But for this birthday, my husband thought a lemon cake with chocolate frosting sounded good! I found a lemon cake recipe on Food Network~ it's rated 5 stars, so I hope it turns out all right...I'll pass it on if we like it!
I thought though, that in light of our little fall cooking fest, I would give you another recipe. This one is for the best chocolate cake I have ever had! It uses the recipe off the back of the Hershey's cocoa powder can, and it is easy to follow and tastes out of this world! It's pretty much impossible to mess this one up...

Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1 -1/2 tsp. baking powder
1- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans.
2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed, 2 min. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into pans.
3. Bake 30-35 min. or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 min.; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting. 10-12 servings.
CUPCAKES: Line 2-1/2-in. muffin cups with paper bake cups. Fill cups 2/3 cup full with batter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 22 minutes. Cool; frost. About 30 cupcakes.

"Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups.

I used this recipe for frosting on the cake I made today, because we all just like it so much! :)

If you want to join in on the Fall Cooking Fest I'm hosting here, just scroll down to the end of the next post, and sign up! This runs through next Tuesday, so there is still plenty of time!

Tomorrow I am really, REALLY hoping to take some time to finish a craft I started before school ended for summer break! I didn't get very far, and then it was such a crazy-busy summer! When I finish it, I'll show you the end result. :) It's Friday tomorrow, and then the weekend! (Yea!) Have a great night! :)


Rae said...

Yum, yum!! I've made this cake before and it is so fabulously chocolate-y!!! I hope your hubby has a fabulous birthday! It sounds like you have planned a very special day for him!

Unknown said...

Oh that cake looks so good!

Jeni said...

I LOVE lemon cake and usually anything with lemon. That chocolate cake looks yummy too.

Our Complete Family said...

Hope your hubby has a GREAT bday! Yes, I,too, tell Bryce and folks that ask how old I really am! I try to look at each year as a blessing now. Might take me a glass of wine to feel that way but hey!!! I wish I had my 25 body back, but my knowledge now!!! He, he, he! Have a SUPER weekend ahead!

trish said...

Your chocolate cake/frosting recipes sound delicious. I am married to a first class chocoholic!
I love anything lemon too! I never thought to cover it in chocolate. It sounds heavenly!
Have a very nice weekend!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Rue said...

Hi Jenni :)

Thank you so much for the complements on my home! I'm so sorry it took so long to come see you, but after Ike came through Ohio, I'm really far behind on my blog visiting.

That cake looks YUMMY!! Happy belated Birthday to your hubby!


Ms. Tee said...

Hi there - I found you thru Carrie's blog. My friend's husband's birthday is today, too. Happy b-day to your husband!
The cake sounds really good, especially for a choc-a-holic like me. Have a great week :)

trish said...

Good Morning,
I know I have already commented, but I had to tell you that my husband would like a lemon and chocolate cake for his birthday, after I told him about your recipes! ha ha ha! I just had to pass that along.
Have a wonderful day!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

cherry said...

Omigosh...I am trying to watch my weight...lose that is. THIS is not helping rofl.....that looks soooo yummy.....Happy b-day to your guy! cherry

Shell in your Pocket said...

Wow...that looks so good...wish I could like the screen! Have you ever made chocolate cake with coke? It is very yummy!
-Sandy Toes