Thursday, May 20, 2010

When Just a Bit Will Do

Day 140.

Picky Eater is in a musical today with her gifted class at school. She's worked so hard since January on this and my husband and I are so proud of her. She's been belting out tunes from the production all year, practicing enunciating her line and all of the songs, doing her choreographed moves throughout the house. I can't wait to see it all come together tonight. She plays a Celtic woman. :)

To celebrate, her daddy is picking up flowers and I am making a special dessert: individual trifles. It's just the four of us, and one of us can't eat cake. Not wanting a bunch of leftovers sitting around begging to be eaten, I made this recipe. It makes a small loaf cake (or you could use it to make cupcakes or a single 8" round cake). Perfect for my purposes. Perfect for a small family celebration.

Small Recipe Chocolate Cake

What You Need:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup hot water
How it's Done:
  1. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add all at once to dry ingredients and whisk briskly for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour hot water into batter and stir to combine.
  4. Pour into a greased 9x5" loaf pan and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
I used this recipe to make peanut butter cup trifles. Layers of peanut butter frosting, chocolate cake, and whipped cream. Decadent. :o)


heather said...

those look delightful!

Keli said...

YUM. I have peanut butter frosting in the fridge just begging to be put to good use. I think I found a way to use it up. :)

Andrea said...

Love the small cake for a family celebration idea!! These look really good! Congrats to what I'm sure will be a great performance by Picky Eater!

April said...

This sounds YUMMY! I'll have to try it soon.

Tara V said...

YUM! not much more to say...YUM

Jenn said...

What a great way to celebrate! Hope the Picky Eaters performance goes well! (It should after eating that delicious dessert!)

tunamarie said...

Oh. Dear. I feel like every time I comment I say something along the lines of "I need to make this soon!" But it's true. I NEED to make this soon!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Holy smokes! That looks awesome!

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