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Chocolate Grins

I’m neglecting the blog this week.  You see, we have house guestsFrom Florida.  And we’re very busy.

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Making chocolate cake.

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And eating chocolate cake.

Here’s the recipe.  Enjoy!

Darn Good Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. plain devil’s food or dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) chocolate instant pudding mix
4 large eggs
1 c. sour cream
1/2  c. warm water
1/2  c. vegetable oil (canola, corn, safflower, soybean or sunflower)
1 1/2  c. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly mist a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pan aside.

Place the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, warm water and oil in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2-3 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, making sure they are well distributed throughout the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.

Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and just starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, 45-50 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto the rack to cool completely, 20 minutes more. Or invert it onto a serving platter to slice and serve while still warm.

From The Cake Mix Doctor
Copyright © 1999 by Anne Byrn.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Oh yeah – there’s no better reason to ignore the blog! Have fun with the family. Looks like the granddaughter is already having a great time 🙂

  2. Wow – she’s gotten so big – and grown up looking. Have a wonderful time; enjoy every moment and take tons of pictures!!

  3. She’s definitely grown….Florida can’t be all bad! (I just found another way to “doctor” a mix that is especially good for cupcakes: don’t use the kind with pudding in the mix, sub one cup of buttermilk for the amount of water, add an extra egg. Sooo much better, especially for cupcakes. A few chocolate chips wouldn’t hurt, I’m sure!)

  4. Looks a lot like a recipe I use except mine uses dark rum in place of some of the liquid. Just a word of warning: don’t use for cupcakes as they don’t bake long enough to cook off the alcohol and end up being rather intoxicating.

  5. Look how big she’s is! Great photos- the best part of cake making is the licking of the beater and spatula. 🙂

  6. I can’t believe how big she is!

    Hey, I thought of you all weekend. I started a sock. I know, I know. I don’t exactly hate every second of it, but I think I should have started out with an easier pattern.

    I missed you at Cummington too. Maybe we should plan on meeting up on our own one of these days. Maybe I could drag Gale along too. 🙂

  7. Enjoy your week of bloggy neglect! It looks like you are in for a fabulous time.

    That cake sounds so good, and your little baker looks so sweet!

  8. Oh, that can’t be Ambrynn! My, how she has grown…

    Please enjoy the family and tell us all about it later!!!

  9. There is a chocolate pudding photo of my niece, she was so sweet to share her pudding face with me and gave me a big smack! I remember this with a smile, now she is all grown up and a mother to boot. Thanks for the recipe, I’ve saved it and plan to make it in the near future.

  10. I’m so glad to see Ambryn’s smile is even more wonderful than when she was tiny. Happiness! Bet she’s loving being with you.

  11. What a cutie, and the cake sounds good too. Similar situation here, only 3 grands, their 2 parents + 2 standard poodles – definitely a houseful! Enjoy!

  12. Oh, look at her, all grown up! She looks like she’s having a blast, licking that yummy cake batter. Good times!

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