Monday, March 7, 2011

Mennonite Monday - Fast Fixin' Chocolate Cake

Mennonite Monday started because I wanted to make recipes from the Bethesda Mennonite Church Cookbooks (both the yellow and the white cookbook for those of you who own them). I also wanted to take pictures of each recipe that I made, so I would know for future reference what the recipe should look like. I am by no means a great cook, but I think it will be fun to try new and different recipes each week. Not all of these recipes are for ethnic Mennonite food, but the women from Henderson know how to cook, so I can safely say that these recipes will be good. Check back each Monday for a new recipe and feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite recipe from these cookbooks, or if you have some tips on what I should make and how I should make it.

This week I decided to make two recipes for Mennonite Monday since I have skipped  few weeks.  This week my sweet tooth won and I decided to make Fast Fixin' Chocolate Cake (pg 47W) and Fudge Frosting (pg 58W). This recipe is amazingly easy and is the perfect way to dress up a box cake mix.  

Fast Fixin' Chocolate Cake 
1 pkg Devil's Food Cake Deluxe
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup water
1 sm pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 cup chocolate chips

Pour oil in bottom of 9x13 pan.  Tilt pan until oil covers bottom.  Add remaining ingredients in pan and stir with fork until blended.  Bake 35-45 minutes at 350*. 
Covering the pan with the oil.  There was a lot of extra oil in the pan but it mixed right into the batter. 

 Throw all of the ingredient into thee 9x13 pan.  

 Mix with a fork. 

 The batter was not completely smooth, but that didn't seem to matter. 

The final product.  While it looks good, I decided it would be good to add some frosting. 

Fudge Frosting
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 sq chocolate or 3 Tbl cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix together all ingredients except vanilla.  Bring to a boil, stirring, and start counting 1 minute after mixture comes to a boil.  Let stand a few minutes and eat with spoon until thick and cool.  Add vanilla and spread on cake, enough for a 9x13 pan.  Double the recipe for layer cake and count 2 minutes. 

 I used cocoa instead of a chocolate square. 

 Everything mixed together waiting to boil. 

 Starting to boil.  I started counting my 1 minute at this point, but I could have waited a little longer. 

 This is was when the entire pot was boiling. 

 After the vanilla is mixed in.  I stirred on and off for the net 10-15 minutes while the fudge cooled. 

 This was not overly thick, but it was easy to tell when it began to get thicker. 

 Pouring the fudge sauce on the cake. 

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