I have been making this particular chocolate cake for as long as I can remember; at least since I was in middle school.
I am not entirely sure where it came from but I believe it has been around for many many years. If you are looking for a great recipe to teach a child try this one. It mixes easy in one bowl and is pretty forgiving. The frosting is pretty simple as well. The benefit is no box is necessary.
If your house is anything like mine, any given night an impromptu dinner party can happen. I am pretty sure the majority of people out there like a little something sweet to have after dinner. I believe it is always a good idea to have a few recipes in your back pocket for such an event. It also helps if the recipe has everyday ingredients you probably already have on hand. It doesn’t take long to put together or bake. I think the longest part of the process is waiting for it to cool. I know be impatient; I have even served it slightly warm.
You know when you go to someones house for dinner and you are asked to bring the dessert. Even though you are full everyone still wants to at least sample it. The host insists you bring the leftovers home. Well I have not been asked to bring this one home.
This delicious cake meets all of the requirements I listed above; plus it travels well.
Crazy Chocolate Cake
Bake at 350’ for about 25-30 minutes – Cool completely before frosting
You can leave in the pan or remove and plate
1½ cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3 Tbs cocoa
½ cup vegetable oil
1 Tbs vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spray a 9×9 pan or similar. This makes one small cake I tried doubling it but I didn’t care for the way it came out. It is so easy to throw together if you want to make a layer cake just add ingredients to the same bowl.
1 stick of softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
If too thick to spread add a dash or two of milk
In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients turn on the mixer on medium until all combined about 3 minutes. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl.