Cake is intensely chocolaty


November 28, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Art Cox of Berlin wrote that he was seeking a cake recipe that "our elderly aunt calls a Midnight Chocolate Cake. She says it is a very chocolaty and delicious cake."

Nancy Feierstein of Baltimore responded with a recipe she says is from "my 1972 Betty Crocker Cookbook. Perhaps it is the recipe Art Cox is seeking. It's great for birthdays!"

Midnight Chocolate Cake

Serves 12

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 cups water

3/4 cup butter or shortening, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 13-inch-by- 9-inch-by-2-inch baking pan or two 9-inch or three 8-inch round cake pans. Measure all ingredients into large mixing bowl. Blend 30 seconds on low speed, scraping bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high speed, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

Pour into pan or pans. Bake rectangular pan 45 minutes, round cake pans for 30-35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool, then frost if desired.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This is a delicious, intensely chocolaty cake. It's fine when served by itself in small wedges, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, or iced with a sinful buttercream frosting. Make sure your shortening is room temperature, or it doesn't combine and leaves little bits of butter floating in the batter (I used unsalted butter as my shortening). It makes a lot of batter, but don't overfill your baking pans or the cake may overflow during cooking."

Recipe requests

George S. Conover of Everett, Pa., wrote: "In the period between 1955 and 1960, the District of Columbia Firehouse, where I was stationed, received a monthly Ford Motor Co. magazine. In one of the copies, there was a recipe for pork or beef barbecue which I used about twice a year. Last year I couldn't find the recipe, and I would appreciate your help."

Gini Ramkomut of Greensburg, Pa., hopes someone can help her find a carrot loaf recipe that she made and then lost. "It had spinach, carrots, cheese and I don't know all the ingredients. It was delicious, baked in a casserole and could be eaten hot or cold."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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