At the office yesterday I had a hankering for cake. Every once in a while I just want cake. When I mentioned my craving, one of my co-workers said “I was just thinking the same thing!” so today I am taking in a cake. But it isn’t just cake. It is FABULOUS Chocolate Cake. I am not kidding. I thought you might like the recipe so here it is!

I am NOT a food photographer! 🙂

Fabulous Chocolate Cake
(a variation of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Cake)

2 c. granulated sugar
1-3/4 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (I just had the regular stuff from Hershey’s in the cabinet)
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 c. milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. boiling black coffee

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with vegetable oil or grease with butter and then dust with flour.

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together with a wire whisk until thoroughly blended. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and all the wet ingredients except the hot coffee. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and blend together. (I do not use a mixer for this recipe. I just whisk it!) After all the ingredients are blended, add the cup of hot coffee and continue to mix together until everything is blended thoroughly. The batter will be very, very thin. It’s OK. I promise!

Pour into the prepared  pan and bake for about 35 minutes. (I use a wooden toothpick in the center of the cake to test to see if it is done.) Cool on a wire rack.

Frosting
1/4 c. butter
1 c. semi-sweet real chocolate chips (I use 1/2 c. peanut butter chips and 1/2 c. chocolate chips because it seems that everyone in Berks County likes chocolate peanut butter frosting!)
1-1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Put the butter and chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir and heat again in 15 second increments until totally melted. Add the powdered sugar and then beat in the rest of the ingredients until smooth. If you don’t make the frosting just before you are planning on putting it on the cake you may have to put the frosting back in the microwave for a few seconds and re-beat. This is a very firm frosting.

This cake is incredibly moist and chocolaty. Enjoy!!

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