Friday, May 15, 2009

Chocolate Friday: Double Chocolate Cake

On Mother's Day, my 11-year-old baked me this Double Chocolate Cake. He improvised the recipe to make it a double-chocolate-walnut cake, and it was delicious!

The original recipe is from my 1986 Betty Crocker Cookbook:

Double Chocolate Cake

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour (not self-rising)
1 cup sugar (can use brown sugar)
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (see Notes)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with fork in ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 inches. Mix in remaining ingredients except chocolate chips. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter.

Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

Notes: My son's variation included 3/4 cup chocolate chips mixed in the batter plus 1/4 cup sprinkled on top. He also added 1/3 cup chopped walnuts to the batter.

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  1. What a scrumptious way to shake up a cake recipe! Big kudos to your son. You can never have too much chocolate in my opinion!!

  2. Now I need me some chocolate cake! I love the idea of DOUBLE chocolate!

    It's great your son can cook. He'll make a great husband someday!

  3. That's our favorite quick-and-easy dessert! The variations are endless. We've even baked it in a dutch oven while camping for summer birthdays.

  4. I am totally impressed with your son!! I like his variation - sounds soooo good. And woo hoo - I got another free chocolate coupon today. :)

    And I did just use Cool Whip for that dip recipe.

    Hey, thanks for putting up my Cake Week button!!

  5. Looks like you have a little Chef on your hands:-)
    Redesigning the recipes is a great way to learn how to cook! Starting at a young age, he will do well in the future. an Now his is Blogosized, We will all try his Recipe.

  6. What an absolutely yummy looking cake! I am a good friend of chocolate, and this looks so delicious! What a wonderful, sweet boy you have! I've got 2 boys... 7 & 9. I think I need to be teaching them how to bake cakes for mommy! :)

  7. Oh my, that looks FANTASTIC!!!! I love finding good tried and true recipes! :)


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