Back before I had two under 4 that kept me hopping around the house, I spent a lot of time baking and even took cake decorating classes. Even though I don't have as much time to bake anymore, I enjoy doing it when I find the time and sharing the fun with Brody! He loves to be "mommy's helper" in the kitchen, but I think he enjoys tasting his creations even better.
My new favorite chocolate cake recipe can be found by clicking here. After all is said in done, there are several things I enjoy about this recipe. The first is that it is egg free, milk free, and butter free. Since everything are dry ingredients that can typically be found in my pantry, I don't have to worry about having what I need on hand. I also liked that when mixing the ingredients, the recipe said to make two smaller inserts in the flour mixture followed by one larger. Of course, I made mine look like a Mickey Mouse! While the cake was baking, I made up a batch of the Wilton icing that I learned when I took my cake decorating classes. You simply mix 1 cup of shortening with 1/2 tsp of vanilla flavoring and 1/2 tsp of butter flavoring. Then add about 4 tbsp of water before gradually mixing in 4 cups of powdered sugar. Once all of the sugar has been mixed in, add water as necessary to thin to a consistency that is ideal for spreading. In this instance, I wanted chocolate icing so I mixed in a few tablespoons of cocoa powder after everything else was done.
So, the verdict? Everyone agrees that it was delicious! The cake is moist and the recipe makes a perfect size 8 x 8 cake. Brody is already asking when we can bake again. Maybe another epic nor'easter will blow through the Mid-Atlantic and give us more snow days at home together??