Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!

I received an urgent email this morning from my husband informing me that today is National Chocolate Cake Day. He even provided a link, so I knew he wasn't making it up. That would be something he'd do. After dinner on most nights, he's been known to say "Where's the cake?" When I make a grocery list and leave it on the counter, he'll pencil in "cake" on it. One year on his mom's birthday, when we weren't even going to see her on the actual day, he decided we needed to celebrate it anyway and he went out and got a cake and had them put Happy Birthday Grandma on it. Then we had the kiddos sing Happy Birthday to grandma and blow out the candles, all while we video-taped so we could show grandma at a later date just how much we cared.

I think you now know how important cake is in our lives. So after I checked my sources and verified that today is indeed National Chocolate Cake Day, I set out to make a cake. I have a very easy and very delicious chocolate sheet cake recipe (that I'm sure lots of other people have - it's so good!). The only ingredient that might not be on-hand is sour cream, but lucky for us I had some. Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Sheet Cake
cream together:
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. sour cream
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
melt together and add:
2 sticks butter or margarine
1 cup cold water
4 T. cocoa
Mix until smooth and pour into a greased and floured baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees, 25-30 minutes.

1 stick butter or margarine
4 T. cocoa
6 T. milk
1 pound powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
Melt the butter, cocoa and milk together, stirring with a whisk. Add the powdered sugar slowly until there are no lumps. Stir in vanilla. If it's too runny, add more powdered sugar. If it's too thick, add a tiny bit more milk.

Pour the icing over the hot cake and spread to the corners with a spatula. Let cool and eat!


  1. Sounds nummy, Lauren! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The sour cream part is kinda trippy but it looks delicious!