the man's cake

after being so inspired by this cake, i wanted to make it for richie for his birthday, but alas, he requested his most favorite cake ever. and i can't really blame him because it is a fabulous cake. but seriously not for the faint of heart because man, it is rich! it's a recipe that i got from my mother in law and has been a favorite of richie's since he was little. we've been married for three years and i still get requests for recipes his mom makes. all this time i thought i could brain wash him into thinking i am the better cook. oh well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. (and hopefully she won't mind if i share the recipe here.) oh, and why the picture of a frosting mix? this is a 'secret' ingredient. you have to use this exact mix. and good luck finding
it. i have yet to find it in the state of washington. otherwise, you can find it at albertsons. and one more thing. i have this little habit of starting to make recipes without all the ingredients.... i try to make sure i have it all, there's just always something that falls through the cracks. so when i went to make this cake, i was sure we had cocoa in the back of the cupboard, but it was special dark dutch process cocoa. well, it was too late to go to the store and i was too tired, so i used it. lo and behold, it was even better than regular cocoa! just don't try it with cake flour instead of all-purpose. or if you do and your cake falls apart when you take it out of the pan, don't say i didn't warn you. and then you can turn it into a trifle which is also delish and yes, we've done it. yum-o!
Chocolate Cake
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
6 TBSP. cocoa
Mix together, then add:
1 cup oil
2 cups water
2 TBSP. vinegar
Beat, then pour into two well-greased round pans. Bake at 350 until cake lightly springs back when touched, about 30 minutes.
1 quart whipping cream
1 pkg. vanilla frosting mix
Beat until stiff. Frost as pictured.


Richard said...

Reading about it makes me want more! Even though we just finished the last of it today!

Emily said...

Maybe I'll now be inspired to make that. It's like a gigantic, multi layered, Oreo. I love the dutch processed dark cocoa. I use it only on selcet things and it's awesome. I'm going to try it sometime. Hopefully I can find the secret ingredient. It looks so delicious.

Happy House Quilts said...

wiping the drool from my mouth!!! Wow! It looks like a great big Suzy Q...which i love!!!

Ginny said...

That looks good, I saved the recipe!