Know what I did this holiday season?
I. Made. A. CAKE. Like, from scratch!
Best chocolate cake recipe ever I tell you.
Possibly it was the icing (homemade too, baby).
Or, maybe it was just the satisfaction of knowing that I actually baked the heck outta that bad boy without having to use a box. I was all in my kitchen like, Mom is great, I made homemade chocolate cake. From scratch. Like a boss. Step off Martha (or whoever is all that in the baking world). You can’t see my running man. Or my chocolate chip cake baking skills. BOOSH!
Despite my ability get buck with the oven, chances are good that I will continue to rely largely on boxed cakes for the sake of convenience. However, should I choose to wow my friends or impress judgy moms people with my mad kitchen skills, I will totally go all June Cleaver on them with this recipe.
Best Ever Chocolate Cake Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup melted mini chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Try this chocolate frosting recipe. It looks pretty similar to what I do which is throw two sticks of super soft butter in a bowl and use about a half a cup of cocoa along with a lot of powdered sugar, and followed by a little bit of milk until it comes out as creamy and delicious as I want. Not very scientific, but crazy good in your mouth.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare your pan(s). I used a gingerbread shaped pan to be all festive for the season and I just sprayed it with cooking spray to reduce stickage. Put dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Melt chocolate chips and butter together in your microwave. Make sure chocolate is good and melted. The first time I tried this I did not melt the chips. Figured the oven would handle that. For the record, it doesn’t. Don’t pre-melt and you will get a big lump of chocolate on the bottom of your cake. If you ignore me and go that route, make sure you get that piece. #YUM
Mix melted butter and chocolate with sugar; beat until well blended. Beat in eggs, then vanilla followed by the milk. Now it’s time to work in the dry ingredients. Do like a half a cup at a time until all blendy. Carefully add the boiling water so you don’t burn yourself. You won’t be able to enjoy your tasty cake if you’re tending to a nasty scald. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you have a fancy cake tester, I’m not sure why you’re reading my recipe right now. You got this. Wait for cake to cool, then frost. Take breaks to lick the spoon, but like, use a different spoon, because, ew.