Saturday, September 22, 2007

chocolate cake

It's fall and that time of the year when we feel like turning on the oven and trying out some recipes...old & new. Here's an old one that happens at least once a year at our place...on or about September 11th for the past 36 years! The basic layer cake is a recipe from 'The Mennonite Treasury of Recipes' which uses Miracle Whip dressing...a nice moist cake.

Emme & Ryder were my helpers when I baked this cake last week, and Emme loves to add all the ingredients. Since she doesn't like 'mayo', she wasn't all that excited about this cake once she knew what was in it. Ryder got to lick the beaters...Emme said she would pass. However, she loved the cake in the end (even had two pieces) and promised not to tell Uncle Kris it had mayo in it! I'm pretty sure it's the frosting that redeems this would make any cake taste good.

Quick Chocolate Cake

1 cup Kraft Miracle Whip
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoon cocoa

Blend miracle whip and sugar. Stir together dry ingredients and add alternately with water. Pour into 2-nine inch round layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

French Silk Frosting

1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 Tablespoons Fry's cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add cocoa and vanilla; beat. Add eggs one at a time, beating for about 5 minutes after each addition. Chill before spreading.

Then let the grandkids lick the bowl and beaters!

Spencer and Emme are coming to help Grammy bake today (no chocolate this time though). We are making cinnamon twists and...who knows what else?


  1. I just can't imagine how much fun it would be to bake with such good little helpers.
    Your chocolate cake looks scrumptious. I think I've made the Miracle whip cake but I've never made that frosting recipe, it looks really good.

    I sure am enjoying your blogging style. It feels like running next door to have coffee. Keep up the good work.

  2. Oh, I can't wait for my first grandchild! And bake with them! Thanks Judy, for your sweet comment! And I'm thinking I want to be called Grammy too, as you are called!
    I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. And we 're going back to the farm for two weeks in Oct.! I can't wait to see the beautiful Fall colors!
    I am sooo enjoying your blog!


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