A Chocolate Cake That Will Make you Happy

IMG_2556 Apparently early dementia is setting in because as I was putting this post together I was sure I had not written about it before.  So just now I did a search and indeed I did write about it before, but I must have been in a: I can make this more complicated then it us mood.  The first post which you can find here takes all the joy out of making this cake – I line a spring form pan with parchment and butter and made the batter in a bowl and well.. in retrospect I have no idea whatI was thinking!  The joy of this cake is that you can take you oldest 8″ square pan throw everything in it stir it up with a folk and that is it!  The perfect I’m too hot to do anything in the kitchen meal!IMG_2555Regardez: old square pan – no greasing was required.  I put the flour in the pan, mixed up the sugar cocoa, salt and baking soda in a bowl then added it to the flour, made three wells for the oil, vinegar and vanilla then covered the entire thing with water and went at it with my fork.IMG_2551 Took maybe 5 minutes.  I think my oven took longer to get to 350F.IMG_2554The other thing I don’t think I mentioned is without the icing this cake is perfect for your Vegan friends – if you have any – and all you have to is cut it into squares and cover it with some fresh strawberries.  If, like me, you are not vegan, you can slather chocolate butter cream all over the top of it.  Though Whipped Cream and Berries or any fruit compote works almost as well.

This recipe is as old as the hills and I think it must be from the depression when eggs and butter were at a premium – still it never ceases to amaze me how vinegar and baking soda make this cake light and moist and perfect with really almost no fuss.  The only thing I will say against this cake is that it contains cocoa and has a chocolate icing, but it’s the the go to cake if you are looking for a super chocolate fix…though now that I think about it you could skip the icing and serve it with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate sauce and that would be pretty swell.

I’ll stop rambling – but don’t forget to put this in your arsenal and remember that its there!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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