Chapter 5 Chocolate Cake

I'm midway into chapter five and beetling along at a decent pace, when I stop to go make chocolate cake. What's up with that? I've got the rest of the chapter ready and chapter six lining up next, and all I can think about is chocolate cake. While I'm sure this has to do with the cold weather and the need for antioxidants from the cocoa, and for fat and carbs for survival, I can't believe I put the pen down at a time when I'm already in the kitchen more often than usual to get ready for the holidays. I didn't make the marmalade yesterday-- I need lemons-- but I did make split pea and ham soup with homemade oatmeal molasses bread for supper.

Today, apparently, I'm making cake. I couldn't just pull out a recipe and make it as it is, no, I had to pull out two recipes and mix up a hybrid:

Chapter 5 Chocolate Cake

Sift together 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together 1/2 pound butter and 1 cup of sugar. Mix in 3 Tablespoons of canola oil and 2 eggs.

Add 1 370mL can of evaporated milk, 1 Tablespoon instant coffee and 2 teaspoons vanilla to cocoa/flour mix. Stir to combine, and then add to egg mixture. Pour into 2 round 8-inch pans and bake at 325 degree F for 35 minutes.

Frost with:
1/2 pound butter creamed together with 1 cup icing sugar. Sift in 1/2 cup cocoa powder, mix well and add 1/2 cup condensed milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Mine's still in the oven. I'll let you know how it turns out.