Thursday, February 11, 2010

Easy Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day (or any day!)

Easy. Simple. Moist. Chocolate. Cake. Yum.

This is such a great recipe for chocolate cake.  It's a sheet cake (13 x 9 inch pan), so it's really easy to make and put together.  This cake is so moist and full of all that chocolate flavor we love.  The frosting is so light and fluffy.  My daughters were so excited when they came home from school and saw that I made this special treat for them.  Everyday, they took a small square in their lunchbox and were the envy of all their friends at the lunch table.  My husband went crazy over this cake too!      

Note:  The frosting recipe calls for 1/3 cup half and half or cream.  I found that I needed to use more than that, probably close to 1/2 cup.  Add the half and half slowly until you get your desired consistency.  Mine was easily spreadable and really fluffy.  Also, bake the cake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until cake is done.

Quick, Easy and Moist Chocolate Sheet Cake
Recipe by Tasty Kitchen member Sheralee (slightly adapted by me)

Cake Ingredients

1-¾ cup Flour
2 cups Sugar
¾ cup Cocoa Powder
1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 whole Eggs
1 cup Milk
½ cup Vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 cup Boiling Water

Frosting Ingredients

6 Tablespoons Butter
¾ cup Cocoa Powder
2-⅔ cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 - 1/2 cup Half-and-Half, Or Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preparation Instructions

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Mix for 2-3 minutes on medium speed. Stir in the boiling water. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool cake. 

To make the frosting, cream butter. Add cocoa powder and powdered sugar alternately with half-and-half. Add the vanilla in last and mix.  Frost cooled cake in pan.

Have a sweet Valentine's Day everyone!  Love to all my family and friends!


Mom's Cooking Club LessonI'll be expressing my love to my family when I bake them this cake for Valentine's Day.  There's no better way to show love and care than through food.


HoneyB said...

Your cake looks moist and yummy!

Aggie said...

I can handle baking that! Looks delicious Jamie! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Patsyk said...

Looks absolutely perfect! What a nice treat for your kids to take in their lunchboxes!

Bellini Valli said...

What's not to love about chocolate Jamie.

Janice said...

Oh that does look good.

Sook said...

For any day is right! I so want those brownies right now. :)

aggie said...

Your new design looks AWESOME!!!!

Laura in Paris said...

The ics are so so real that I feel like helping myslef .. from the screen!

Bridgett said...

Look how moist the cake divine!

thagster said...

I made this tonight for the family as a special treat - the family loved it and I can't believe how easy it was. Thanks!

Mariah said...

i love cake expecailly chocolate!!!!

Shrey Patel said...

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I really love your Ideas.
Thank you.

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