In my family growing up, chocolate cake was a rare treat. It was a birthdays-only special, and  there were only five of us, so at most we had it five times a year. In my husband's family, on the other hand, chocolate cake is a complete meal. :-) I don't know if there's much he enjoys more than a piece of chocolate cake in a bowl with milk poured over it. Needless to say, I have learned to make chocolate cake a little more often than five times a year. :-)

I have two favorite chocolate cake recipes. They both come from a great cookbook called "The Basics and More Cookbook". (More about cookbooks in a future post!) My husband's favorite is actually an oatmeal cake. It is super-moist and tastes great even without frosting. I made it three or four times before I told him that it has oatmeal in it (he doesn't like oatmeal!). The second is better if you're living in a primitive setting. Although you do need cocoa powder, you don't need butter, eggs, or milk for this yummy cake!

 

And then there's the big question - what about frosting? Powdered sugar can be difficult to find - and if you find it, beware! It could very likely taste more like soap than sugar. Are there alternatives? I have often made chocolate syrup or caramel syrup to drizzle over each slice of cake when serving. Of course fruit is a great topping, especially for other types of cake besides chocolate. :-) I have also made peanut butter "frosting" by heating PB and regular sugar together. What are some alternatives that you've used?

 

 

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

1 c. quick oats

2 c. boiling water

2 c. brown sugar

1 c. butter or oil

4 eggs

2 tsp baking soda

1 T. hot water

2 c. flour

1/3 c. cocoa

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

Pour boiling water over oatmeal. Cover and let cool. Cream sugar and butter. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Dissolve soda in 1 Tbsp hot water and add. Add oatmeal mixture, then sifted dry ingredients. Grease a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes.

Wacky Cake - aka Egg-less, Butter-less, Milk-less Cake

3 c. flour

2 c. sugar

6 T. cocoa powder

3 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 c. water

3/4 c. oil

4 T. vinegar

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a greased 13x9 pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

 

Do you have a favorite chocolate cake recipe? What's your favorite way to serve cake without frosting? Or your favorite frosting recipe that doesn't use powdered sugar? Please share!!

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  • Guest - Anonymous

    You can also use pudding as frosting...granted, it may not be as sweet, (depending how sweet you make it!) and that may a good or bad thing, depending how you see things. =) I enjoy a vanilla pudding with added coconut cream on pineapple carrot cake...you could do a coffee or peanut butter pudding on chocolate cake.

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  • Great idea!! OR you could make a trifle - cut up the cake and layer it with the pudding and anything else that sounds good - whipped cream if available, candy, nuts, fruit . . . YUM!

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  • Guest - Anonymous

    Thank you! We had a craving for chocolate cake overseas and also found it difficult and inconvenient to make. Primarily because homes do not usually have ovens...we walked out a windy, grassy path and down the paved road to a construction trailer with a very cute cafe in it, in a quiet yard in the woods. The cafe had an oven! We knew the owners and could use it almost anytime. But occasionally we would carry our freshly risen bread loaves back there and interrupt
    someone else. Once, we walked in while a couple was having a date over coffee! That was rather awkward since the bread had to be baked...Another time we found a group of staff having a meeting over coffee. Often, there was no one in there but in the summer the construction trailer was unbearably hot. Only Americans with a craving for bread, chocolate cake or chocolate chip cookies would go anyway! :-)

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