VPD DessertI love to bake, a propensity I seem to have inherited from my mother, so providing dessert for this virtual progressive dinner feels natural. I cook because I must feed my family. I bake because I enjoy it.

I spent a lot of time this summer baking desserts and goodies that are mentioned in my novel Stay With Me, which releases tomorrow. (The main character, Rebecca, has a bit of a baking habit.) After four separate blog posts filled with recipes, I discovered on a final read-through of the manuscript last month that I’d inadvertently missed one recipe – a decadent chocolate cake Rebecca bakes to share with her boyfriend Chris.

IMG_0525That chocolate cake makes for a delicious end to any meal or as the perfect homemade birthday cake for the chocolate lover in your life.

This one-bowl cake is simple to prepare and turns out moist and delicious! I’ve made bigger and fancier chocolate cakes, but this one may well be my favorite.

I found the recipe at allrecipes.com, posted by shirleyo.


One Bowl Chocolate Cake

2 cups white sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch-process because that’s what I had on hand.)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-in. round pans.

In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes until cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

I top the cake with Easy Chocolate Buttercream from The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, but you can use whatever type of frosting you enjoy.

You can find the other recipes for our Progressive Dinner here.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Astfalk.
Photos copyright 2015 Carolyn Astfalk. All rights reserved.

Carolyn author pictureAbout the author: Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She blogs at My Scribbler’s Heart, and her debut novel, Stay With Me , a contemporary Catholic romance, is available on Amazon on October 1.