Celebrating Chocolate Cake, Two Days Late


I learned from all the food blogs I follow that January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day. All my friends know how much I love chocolate cake; I can’t believe I missed it! When I told Joseph he decided we should make a cake a day late.

So, actually, Joseph made this cake! He tore through my trusty Better Homes and Garden Cookbook and decided on the One-Bowl Chocolate Cake. Very tasty and easy to make!
I wanted to make a chocolate frosting, but we ran out of cocoa powder so settled on the very sweet shortening-based Creamy White Frosting.


I know this cake is pretty ugly–a result of baking at midnight.

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake from Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking soda
1¼ tsp baking powder
1¼ tsp salt
1¾ cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9×1 ½-inch round cake pan or 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on low speed just until combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg; beat 2 minutes more. Spread into prepared pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in a pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool thoroughly before toping with frosting.

Creamy White Frosting from Better Homes and Garden Cookbook

1½ cup shortening
1¾ tsp vanilla
1¼ tsp almond extract
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs milk

In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Slowly add about half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in the milk to reach spreading consistency.

This recipe will frost one 8 or 9-inch round pan or a 13x9x2-inch cake pan. Double recipe for a two-layer cake.


I love these two together–it tastes like a cake I would have had at my grandmother’s house growing up. Better Homes and Gardens is always good for that!

3 comments


  • Your husband was a good catch! Now how do I get mine to make me chocolate cake? :-)

    31 January 2010
  • […] baking.  He’s always been a phenomenal cook, but I usually take over the desserts.  This is the second sweet he’s baked this […]

    3 February 2010
  • […] together so well! The frosting complimented the chocolate absolutely perfectly.  I used my simple One Bowl Chocolate recipe, and this frosting really brought it up a level. This is what chocolate cake has been […]

    17 March 2010

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