Monday, March 02, 2009



2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.


Let's just call this...

Donna's Favorite Frosting

5 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cook 5 T. flour and 1 cup milk over a low flame-stirring constantly- cool.
Cream 1 cup butter add 1 cup sugar and 1 t. vanilla.

Add cooled flour/milk gradually to the butter and sugar.

Some flour/milk. Beat five minutes.
Some more flour/ milk. Beat five minutes.
Last bit of flour/milk. Beat five minutes.


You see. I love this frosting more than anything else in the world. It is just the best.

So I bought a boxed spice cake mix and was going to have some spice cake with this frosting.

My mom used to make spice cake and I liked it. But I have not had it in ages.

But just as I was about to make the spice cake, I realized that i would be the only one who would eat spice cake.

Patrick and Katie really like chocolate cake so I decided to do that instead.

Now, I am not a fan of chocolate cake. I do make it for my family, tho.

I have Ree's recipe for chocolate sheet cake and I pondered using that one. But I didn't have buttermilk.

This led me to see if the Hershey's cocoa container had a cake recipe on it.

And it did.

I had every ingredient on the recipe so I decided to make it.

It was an easy recipe to follow but I was a bit concerned when I added the boiling water to the batter because it was SO thin.

But I guess that is the magic trick. Wet, wet batter makes a moist, perfect chocolate cake.

This cake is extremely moist.

Top it off with Donna's Favorite Frosting and you now have the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted.

I would not lead you astray!


Katie gave up cookies for Lent.
But she did not give up cake :o)

Funny thing. The relatives told me that little Catholic children do not have to give up something for Lent until they are 12 years old. Well....what do I know?

I told Katie this morning that she could be released from her fast....and she said she wanted to keep it up.



Finale of The Bachelor tonight.


Molly or Melissa.

Who will it be?

I don't think it will be Molly because I saw Jason interviewed and he couldn't think of any of her good qualities.
He thought of a lot of good things to say about Melissa.

Oh the drama!

I take that back.
There is a big switcheroo rumored....
I just read it on the Internet when I was looking up Melissa's name.

Can't wait! Ooooooo.....

Have a great week, everyone!

March is here and the sun is shining and it's a day closer to May :o)

"I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin, sing:
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring."
- Christina Rossetti

Have no doubt, Christina....

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn."
- Hal Borland

Encourage one another,

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