Sunday, March 30, 2008

Easy One-Layer Chocolate Cake

This cake makes a nice dessert with one-dish meals or with Mexican dishes or other spicy foods. It is very moist and does not require frosting. I usually sprinkle the top with powdered sugar. I used a paper doily on top of the cake to make the design with the powdered sugar.

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for topping)


In a bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add milk, shortening and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg and beat 2 minutes more. Pour into a greased and floured (I use cocoa powder in place of the flour) 9" round cake pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool thoroughly on a rack.

Serves 8.

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