My daughter came home from school last week and told me that she had to research an idiom and turn it into a project. Guess what she chose as her idiom? - A piece of cake! (I'm so proud.) She researched the history and the origins of "a piece of cake" and then we got to work - baking a cake of course.
My daughter wanted to make a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. (Again - so proud) We used a recipe from my Cuisine At Home magazine and divided it in half to make a 2 layer 6 inch cake.
Chocolate Cake (Makes a 2 layer 8 inch cake)
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups hot water
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Add to dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
Chocolate cake is not complete without the chocolate frosting so we made a batch of chocolate icing to finish off our cake.
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons vanilla
Cool to room temperature (2-3 hours) and then frost the cake.
I have a new favorite chocolate cake and icing recipe. This cake and was sooooo good.
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