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Simple and Yummy Chocolate Cake

I came across this recipe from a cookbook I found at the local library.  As a mom I am often at the library, but this time I actually got to the “big person” section and I walked by a lovely looking book called Organic and Chic by Sarah Magid. Without looking I put it in the “me” pile and took it home.  I am never really sure how many books we have at home and therefore I was just hoping it did not say DECLINED after the tenth dog book (my little girl loves animals.)  I like to read cookbooks? The question mark is meant to be there since I just have no explanation of this problem. I found a recipe titled….Easiest Chocolate Cake!  Best thing is when you are out of eggs, butter and milk, you can use this recipe.   Do you have someone in the family or friends visiting that cannot eat dairy or are vegan? This is the recipe for you to try.


2 1/4 cup organic all-purpose flour

2 cups organic cane sugar

1 cup organic unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract

2/3 cup organic canola oil

2 teaspoons organic white vinegar

2 cups cold water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.  Butter and flour two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans, or place liners in 2 muffin pans for 24 cupcakes.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the vanilla extract, oil, vinegar, and cold water.

Slowly whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix.  The mixture will be wet, but this is all right.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.  For cupcakes, the baking time is 24 to 26 minutes.

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool down.

*In her book she recommends a whipped buttercream. frosting.

Now I am showing our photo which looks nothing like the beautiful pictures in the book.  But, ours had a lot of love.  My daughter and I made the cake and then she decorated it for our father’s day dessert.  She is six years old and loves to bake and decorate cakes.  It was easier for us to fill the frosting into a sandwich bag and then cut a small bit of the corner off so she could squeeze out the frosting. She was hoping for flowers, so next time I will have her use the tips.

There were many other delicious looking recipes to try, looks like I will have to buy the book!

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