Never a huge fan of chocolate cake, I bake the tastiest recipe for chocolate cake. I have made it for numerous potluck luches. It is a crowd pleaser. The recipe is from the back of the Hershey's can of cocoa, but I use Nestle's. It has a better flavor. I also keep it dairy-free, changing the cow's milk to either almond or coconut.
Rachel's Potluck Chocolate Cake
inspired by Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake
2 Cups sugar
1 3/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa (preferably Nestle's)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C almond or coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 C canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 C boiling water
preheat oven 350
spray two 9-inch pans with canola cooking spray
place 1st 6 dry ingredients into a mixing bowl; mix
add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
mix at medium 2 minutes
gently stir in boiling water (batter will be thin...not to worry!)
pour into prepared pans
bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
As mentioned, I use Nestle's. I have swallowed my pride despite that I have issues with that company since they are a huge lobby group for formula in Washington, and I am a breastfeeding supporter. Still, they are better tasting than Hershey's. For supermarket cocoa, that is. I guess Droste is available some places, and it has a good taste but it is simply too expensive for me. I always loved the Nestle's cocoa tin. It was shaped like a Toll House. Then they switched it to plastic, which I saved. And now they are getting rid of their traditional design and are using a more generic container.
|Old Nestle's cocoa on the right, new container on left.|
The Jewish New year of the trees, Tu B'Shvat, is coming up.
To be festive, we made a tree-shaped Chocolate cake.
Frosting recipe is from the side of the confectioner's sugar box.
I used coconut oil and non-hydrogenated Palm oil as the shortening.
Yes, those are mixed lettuce greens on the bottom.
We later replaced them with sour straws.
The Wolfman wouldn't have it any other way.