A Three-Parted Post. (Includes a Recipe)

August 28, 2014

Is three-parted even a word? I guess it is now!

Today’s post will feature a recipe, some pictures, and a video. So let’s get started.

On Monday I wrote about Sarah’s birthday and mentioned the chocolate cake I’ve been making for our family for years. Michelle asked if I would share the recipe so here it is!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
An easy-to-make, extra moist, doubly delicious chocolate cake.
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  1. 1 3/4 C all purpose flour
  2. 2 C sugar
  3. 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 C milk
  9. 1/2 C oil
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  11. 1 C boiling water
  1. Combine dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except boiling water.
  3. Beat with mixer at medium speed for two minutes
  4. Stir in boiling water. (Batter will be thin.)
  5. Pour into two 8- or 9-inch layer pans sprayed with baking spray. (Or greased and floured.) Can also use a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes for layers; 35-40 minutes for 13 x 9 inch pan. (Or until cake tester comes out clean.)
  7. Cool for 10 minutes on a rack. For layers, remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.
  1. For a simple frosting, I mix two small boxes of instant vanilla pudding with 2 C milk (instead of the 4 C that the box directions call for) and then stir in 8 oz. of Cool Whip. (You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla or another flavoring like almond.)
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 Okay, now here comes the good part.  (Or maybe I should say it’s the bad part if one is counting calories.)

For Sarah’s birthday, I made the 13 x 9 inch version of this cake.  (The recipe I was using called for a Devil’s Food cake mix which would have been easier and quicker but a homemade cake made it extra good.)

As soon as I took the cake out of the oven I poked holes all over it with the tines of a fork.  Then I mixed 7 ounces (half a can) of sweetened condensed milk with 6 ounces caramel or butterscotch ice cream cake and poured it over the holes.  (Some recipes call for the whole can of milk and an entire jar of sauce but I thought that might be a bit much.)

I let it cool an hour and then topped it with a container of Cool Whip and toffee bits.  (Other recipes say to put the toffee bits on the cake, then add Cool Whip, then add more toffee bits. Either way would be good.) Let the cake sit in the fridge a few hours before serving.  

At this stage in my life, I don’t make many rich desserts but every once in a while, it’s fun to splurge. And this cake is worth every calorie–it is incredibly good!

(This photo is from the browneyedbaker.com)


And that brings us to part two of the post which is pictures!

I especially love these shots because they give me a little glimpse into the future, fun relationship that Grandpa Smith and Noah are going to have. They just make me smile!





And lastly, here is a most darling video that Nathan just posted on Facebook.  It is such a joy to see my son being such a helpful Daddy and not just doing what needs to be done, but doing it with an added element of fun.

I absolutely ADORE this,especially at the beginning when Noah is opening his mouth long before the food gets near it. That child is all about food.  Of course, the flinging of his little hands into the air is downright precious.  Enjoy!

(NOTE:  I’ve had a couple people comment that the video didn’t work for them.  I’ve uploaded it in a different format; let me know if that solved the problem.  I promise, you’ll love it!) 


20 responses to A Three-Parted Post. (Includes a Recipe)

  1. Worked for me! Sooooo cute!!

  2. This is how Batman ate as a toddler.

  3. Success with the video! So cute is he! The cake looks delicious, I MIGHT have to take up baking πŸ™‚

    • Oh brother! It’s me again coming up as anonymous above, gotta fix that

      • Lesley AKA Anonymous, πŸ™‚

        The fact that you put the word “might” in all caps tells me that you “might” not be taking up baking anytime soon? πŸ™‚

  4. Trying the cake today, thanks. Love the video, gives new meaning to “Explosion in your Mouth”, so cute!

  5. Cake sounds great but I am going to resist for now. Trying to keep Jim’s sugar down so to avoid meds. The pictures are super and I viewed the video on Steve’s FB earlier in the week. Such a cute fellow.

  6. I can’t view the video either! But, I also don’t do the Facebook thing! So I’m wondering if that’s the problem????

  7. The cake is evil. Definitely “devil’s food.” Will get plenty of exercise….exercising my will power and NOT baking it!

    Pix of Noah and Steve are so cute! But like LeeAnne, I got the “no way are we letting you watch this video” message. πŸ™

    • Oh my goodness! Thank you for persevering so we could see the video! So cute. I love his routine where he throws his arms in the air after the explosion!

    • Jan,

      Yes, will power is a necessity when coming into contact with this cake! Glad you enjoyed the video after the fix!

  8. Becky,
    Thank you so much for posting the recipe!! I can’t wait to make it πŸ™‚ Hope you all have a great weekend <3


  9. Oh my. That cake looks so, so good!! I never make desserts because I would end up being the one to eat it all. However, maybe I could make it for a big family get-together. πŸ™‚ The pictures of Steve and Noah are so cute. I love Noah’s expressions! I tried to watch the video but got a message that it was either unavailable or I didn’t have permission to watch it. πŸ™ Darn!

    • LeeAnne,

      Actually that cake freezes well if you flash freeze the pieces before putting in a Ziploc bag. That’s what I had to when I made it last week.