Happy Tasty Tuesday! Sorry I’ve been missing the past two weeks. Haven’t had much kitchen time being away for a couple long weekends to whip up anything new. This past Saturday, we had a Halloween/fall themed shoebox swap, and I signed up for a dessert. For those non-stampers who read my blog, a shoebox swap is where 20 of us get together and each create a card. We cut up enough supplies for everyone to make our cards, and then we create wonderful cards all day, have lots of laughs, and eat yummy food. We each go home with 19 cards made and ready to use. This is one of my favorite swaps of the year, since I love Halloween and fall so much.
So, since I signed up for a dessert, I decided to make a chocolate cake. That led me to finding a recipe in one of my Amish cookbooks that had everything I had on hand in the kitchen. This recipe I found came from the “Natural Delights – Cooking with the Amish from Dover, Delaware” cookbook.
If you like chocolate cake, here’s the recipe for you to try. It was really good.
Chocolate Cake, Mrs. Lucy Byler, page 73, “Natural Delights – Cooking with the Amish from Dover, Delaware”
1 c. butter, softened
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided
2 3/4 c. flour
1 c. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. water
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine dry ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with water. Pour into three greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Frost with your favorite icing.
The only thing I found confusing about this recipe is that it said to use 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided. The directions said to stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, but never says what to do with the other teaspoon. Once I realized that, I added in the other teaspoon, and the cake still tasted fine. So, if you have any ideas of what the extra teaspoon is for, I’m all ears.
Since our swap was Halloween/fall themed, I decided to decorate the cake as a graveyard. This cake was moist and delicious.
We have a Ladies Night Out at church on Friday night and are supposed to take a dessert. I might just bake this cake again, since I know it tastes yummy minus the gravestones. Ha!
Hope you have a great week.