However, it was also "starve week," which is what we call the last week before my monthly paycheck. This is the week when we usually have NO CASH to spare. I had already diligently composed my weekend shopping list and budgeted for each and every item on the list. I figured I'd need $49 to buy all our groceries for the week. I checked my wallet and found $50. All of it was from the family grocery fund (meaning none of it was technically mine). Should I blow three bucks of our grocery money on the short-term bliss of an ice cream bar? Or should I somehow contain myself and find chocolate closer to home?
Grammie is my mother-in-law, and a gifted baker. She is known for her French bread, her foccaccia, her scones, and she recently shared this super-simple cake recipe. She calls it "Grandma's Chocolate Cake"... so I think it's from her grandmother. It is so easy and very satisfying. Basically, you just dump everything together and bake. Best of all, it calls for things that I already had on hand.
- 1 stick of butter, cut up (can be soft or cold--I used cold)
- 1 large egg
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 c white sugar
- 1/2 c dry cocoa powder (I used Dutch process)
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups white flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup whole milk combined with 1/2 cup hot water
- Put all ingredients in a food processor. Blend. Scrape the sides and continue blending until everything is combined (for me, this was when the chunks of cold butter disappeared).
- Pour into a buttered, floured tube pan or bundt pan.
- Bake in a 350˚ oven for 25 minutes. Test for doneness. Bake more if needed. (I did need about another 10 minutes.)
- Cool. If desired, top with confectioner's sugar.
- Serve. Excellent with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
What do you do for your chocolate fix? I've heard that the microwave mini-cake in a mug is pretty quick and easy, for example!