Landon's birthday is coming up soon, and his request is that I bake a chocolate cake for him. We celebrated his birthday early when we were in Gulf Shores last week, and we're planning to celebrate it early again this weekend while his cousins Ginger and Charlie are in town to visit. So today I'm baking a chocolate cake to get ready for the birthday party this weekend.
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan (or two 9 inch round pans).
First, assemble the dry ingredients.
Then assemble the wet ingredients.
Add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.
Set the timer for this. A lot of cakes are ruined by over mixing.
Then we need 1 cup of boiling water.
Pour the boiling water into the batter.
The batter will be thin.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
For the 9 x 13 inch pan, bake about 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. If you are using two 9 inch round pans, they need to bake 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan to a wire rack to finish cooling.