Friday, April 16, 2010

Mix-In-The-Pan Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Friday is back!! Besides, it's still my birthday week so I need more virtual chocolate (I do NOT, I repeat, do NOT need more chocolate in real life this week - LOL)!

You knew there would be chocolate today and since I had a birthday this week, I thought chocolate cake would be appropriate. I was going through old magazines the week before and tearing out recipes and found this one! Chocolate cake all made in 1 pan? Woo Hoo! And it doesn't even need an egg! This could be dangerous...
You whisk all the dry ingredients right in the baking pan!

After adding the wet ingredients, stir really well and then clean up the sides of the pan.

Chocolate chips on a hot cake = Frosting
Mmmmm.........oh...hi there! Oops - I was mesmerized by all that chocolate and thought I was all alone in my chocolate dream! :)

After 5 minutes, you can spread the melted chocolate chips. My 2 cups of chocolate chips actually equal about 2 1/2 cups so I had no problem spreading this evenly!

After 3 days, it's impossible to make this cake look pretty when you cut it. The top has hardened back to chocolate chip state so it's kind of like eating a chocolate candy bar on top of a cake. Yeah - super chocolatey and rich and delicious! The cake is still very moist. You really could just top the cake with powdered sugar and still be in a happy place!

Mix-In-The-Pan Chocolate Cake (from Womans Day 2/06)

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup oil
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups lukewarm water
11.5-oz. bag milk-chocolate chips (1 3/4 cups) or 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Have a ready a 13x9 in. baking pan.

2.  Put flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in ungreased pan.  Stir with a whisk until blended, shaking occasionally to settle ingredients. (Flour should be blended completely, but some lumps of cocoa may remain.)

3.  With a wooden spoon, make 3 "wells" in mixture.  Pour oil into 1 well, vinegar into another,  and vanilla into the 3rd.  Pour 2 cups lukewarm water over all.  Stir until blended, scraping sides, corners and bottom of pan (some lumps may remain).

4.  Use a rubber spatula, then a paper towel to wipe excess batter off sides of pan.

5.  Bake 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

6.  Remove from oven to a wire rack and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over cake.  Let stand 5 minutes until soft, the spread to edge in decorative swirls.  Let cool completely.  (Can be stored, loosely covered, up to 2 days at room temperature.)
YUM - obviously I take Chocolate Friday seriously! :) This cake really was easy to do and oh so rich. It would be fun to experiment with too!

I'm linking this up to Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam 'cause this chocolateyness really should be shared!

If this isn't enough chocolate for you, you can always check out my "Just Chocolate" Recipe Index!

Have a wonderful chocolate-filled day sweet friends!


  1. Cool thumbnail linky, I like it! Also, this cake looks so decadent! I hope you're birthday celebrations have been fantastic :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  2. That cake looks wonderful. I have a similar recipe, but it makes only a single serving (you know, an 8x8 pan). LOL

    My mom used to bake a yellow cake and frost it with a melted Hershey bar. Yum. She made another one with cherry topping, but I'd take the chocolate any day.

  3. Be still my heart! Is this a a a a cake from scratch? Why yes, yes it is! LOL! Don't you love a friend with sarcasm? Hee! Hee!

    Big chocolate chips as frosting gives it a nice "protective" layer and is always good for preservation size hugs to you!

    Love you my "sweet" friend.

  4. Wow. Now that's some chocolate.

    Having a problem with the thumbnail linky. Sent a message to MckLinky about it. Anyways... a non traditional chocolate post today...

    or click on my name.


  5. Oh that looks toooo yummy! I had to laugh at Kim's comment, may I ask does this need preservation when it ain't gonna last more than 10 minutes? : )

  6. That cake looks so good! Plus, what a neat way to mix the ingredients right in the pan!

  7. Oh how miss you choco Fridays. But forget that, See you later. This is one me cake that needs printing... ha! Meanwhile, I so have some fun stuff to post. C U then. Lots going on.


  8. Oh that sounds so yummy!

  9. Glad you all like the chocolate cake! And I hope you're enjoying the thumbnail linky - I really like seeing the yummy pics!

    Forgot to include my hubs' description of the cake when he ate his first piece - "Wow, that's like git-ya-drunk chocolate!" LOL - we're sophisticated like that. :)

  10. I hopped over here from Genny's. What a cute story about the two of you living in the same town! That cake looks yummy. I make that as well, but we call it Wacky Cake up here in my neck of the woods. I'm not quite sure why...

  11. Chocolate favorite!

  12. YuM! This sounds delish! I LOVVEEEEEEE Chocolate!!

    Have a great day!

  13. Girl, you are speaking my language!! So glad I found you. I'm a new follower!

  14. Wow! How good does this look?? I saw you on Beauty and Bedlam...great blog!

  15. That looks absolutely amazing! -

  16. Just wanted you to know that I featured this recipe (and mentioned your blog) on my own recent blog post! -


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