Monday, September 23, 2013

My new favorite chocolate cake

This isn't much different from the chocolate cake recipe I used before, but I do like it even better and so it's my new go-to chocolate cake recipe.  I made it as a bundt cake for a dinner party with friends and also as a round layered birthday cake for Darla, and both times it turned out fabulous.  It's a very versatile, moist, yummy recipe!

  • Chocolate Cake Mix (I prefer devil food cake, but any cake mix will do) 
  • Chocolate Instant Pudding, 3.9 oz size 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • ¾ cup water 
  • ¾ cup oil 
  • 1/2 bag chocolate chips (I prefer mini chips) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients well and pour batter into a well-greased and floured pan. Bake on middle rack for 40-50 minutes. Remove from oven when a toothpick comes out clean.

IF MAKING A BUNDT CAKE: Let cake cool completely in pan. Take a small slender spatula and loosen cake around the outside & inside edges. Tip upside down onto platter.  Whip up the icing for the top of the bundt while it's cooling:

Bundt Chocolate Icing
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Mix together the ingredients. Stir forever, until it’s smooth and thick. If it’s not runny enough, add a bit of warm water or more melted butter until it’s at the consistency you like.  You want it runny, because when the cake is cool you just drizzle this all over the top for some more chocolate deliciousness. 

Maple Drizzled Apple-Cinnamon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oh, these sandwiches are heaven.  I found these on the OurBestBites website this afternoon while trying to think of what to make for dinner.  We made them tonight for a quick and easy dinner, and the blend of different flavors was amazing.  I love when food is easy AND delicious!!

Grilled Cheese with Apples close up
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Measurements are approximate. These are sandwiches- don’t overthink it!

  • 4 slices rustic sandwich bread 
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese (or enough to cover all the slices) 
  • 1-2 sweet, crisp apples 
  • ground cinnamon 
  • kosher or sea salt 
  • 3-4 tablespoons real butter 
  • 100% real maple syrup 

Butter each slice of bread and place slices butter-side down on a cutting board. Place cheese on each slice of bread. Core apples and slice into 1/8 inch slices. Place apple slices on 4 slices of bread and lightly sprinkle them with ground cinnamon and salt. Put sandwich halves together and grill in a hot skillet, or on a Panini grill, or broiled in the oven, flipping sandwiches and cooking until each side is golden brown and cheese is melted. Drizzle with maple syrup, or serve on the side for dipping. Makes 4 sandwiches.

This would also be delicious for breakfast, lunch, snacktime, whatever!   :)