Thursday, March 1, 2012

aunt zena's famous chocolate cake

In preparation for my boyfriend, Mike's, and my other roommate, Dave's, birthdays, I made cupcakes using my great aunt's famous recipe.

They are so delicious!

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups Hershey's cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

- combine all dry ingredients (sugar-salt in ingredients) and mix by hand
- add eggs, milk, oil, and extract and mix on medium for 2 minutes
- stir in boiling water (the batter will be very thin)

For cake: bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes in 2 9-inch pans (greased and floured)
For cupcakes: bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes in cupcake liners filled 2/3 of the way

October 2014 update: for an even richer taste, try using Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder!


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