may the force be with you
Because I have been running around getting ready for the big beach trip - and entertaining small ones who like to rise and shine at 6am - I'm taking a stroll down memory lane today and posting a picture of my son's birthday cake from earlier this year. i'm pretty proud of this: a texas chocolate sheet cake (great, simple chocolate cake & frosting recipie, see end of post) with a hole cut in the corner for a ramekin filled with dry ice & water. From which Darth Vadar emerged. It was a biiiiig hit amongst the kindergarten crowd. (I found the idea on some Star Wars message board -- let me tell you, there's a lot of interesting stuff that comes up when you google "star wars" and "birthday". particularly on you tube).
Texas Chocolate Cake
1 stick margarine, 1/2 c. cooking oil, 4 T. cocoa, 1 c. water
2 c. flour, 2 c. sugar, 1 t. baking soda
Pour the hot butter mixture over the flour mixture.
Beat and add:
2 eggs, 1 t. vanilla, 1/2 c. buttermilk (which I never have on hand, so I substitute 1/2 c. milk + 1 T. vinegar)
Bake in a jellyroll pan at 350 for about 18 minutes - then keep checking for doneness. you don't want to overcook this cake, and it's pretty shallow!
Heat until almost boiling:
1 stick margarine
4 T. cocoa
1/3 c. buttermilk
In mixer, put:
1 lb. powdered sugar, 1/2 t. salt. 1 t. vanilla. Mix with the cocoa mixture.
*tip: pour the frosting on the cake BEFORE the cake cools! Then it kind of seeps into the surface of the cake and makes it really moist and yummy. Enjoy!