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Friday February 25, 2012

This night started with one very large white potato which begged to be baked.  I would have to split it with my hubby but you have to do what is necessary.  You will notice in the photo below, the potato is undressed…. that is because it had to be split, I didn’t want a half potato to spoil the presentation!

I planned on making chicken burgers, brussels sprouts, salad and that potato.   Now because the oven would be on my thoughts wondered rather quickly to dessert and since I was recovering from the ravages of Valentine’s, that is CHOCOLATE , day, I instantly decided to whip up my tried and true COCOA CAKE.  I am not a cold turkey kind a gal, I slowly wean myself off of an indulgence.  Anyway, I digress,  since the oven was on for that one large potato, why be too wasteful with the electric watts surging, let’s do the cake.    As you may have heard COCOA and DARK CHOCOLATE are found to be quite healthy, so this electric usage is a healthy thing.   None the less, I have been known to experiment, usually quite successfully, so to bolster this cake on the healthful scale I used canola oil instead of butter, substituted in 1 cup of white whole wheat flour, cut back a tad on the sugar quantity and used part soy milk with the water.  call me crazy or prudent this cake was in the works, regardless.

I mixed up the burgers, ground chicken, red quinoa, herbal seasoning, tamari, onions and squirt of mustard.   I then cut off the ends of the brussels sprouts, put them in my trusty steamer, always on the cooktop, ever used,  formed up the burgers set it all aside to concentrate on the main focus of the meal…. cake.

UNCOMMON COCOA CAKE

2 cups all purpose flour ( you can use unbleached, or a blend with white whole wheat)

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, not Dutch process which is less flavorful

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 sticks 9 3/4 cup)  butter

1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla, be liberal

1 1/3 cup water ( or water & milk)

Confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter ( I use the wrapper from the butter stick) a 9 x 2 ” round cake pan or spring form.  Dust with flour, knock out excess.

Whisk flour ( s ), cocoa, baking soda and salt.

Beat together butter and brown sugar preferably with an electric mixer, not necessary though arms will tire out quickly otherwise:>), until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time , beating well after each addition, then add vanilla.

Add flour mixture and liquid alternately, in batches, beginning and ending with the flour, mixing till combined.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake in middle of oven until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes to 1 hour.  Cool in pan 1/2 hour, loosen and invert, cool another 15 minutes , dust with confectioners sugar.

Cut and consume!  YUM.

This will be a learning experience, blogging, not so much baking,  so I hope you enjoy my posts.  Please bear with me as I make this journey.  As time progresses I’ll be discussing my life, food, family and baking experiences.

Mangia! As my mother in law would say.  Until we meet again, have a blast in your kitchen with your life, family and food.

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