I am going to give you the recipe I used for my daughter's 10th birthday. We had a red and white polka dot theme going and made cupcakes instead of a regular cake. This recipe worked really well and they were yummy.
Chocolate Wacky Cake
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
6 Tbsp. cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup oil
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups water
Mix all together and pour into ungreased 9 X 13 pan or muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Note: It always took longer in my oven. More like 30-40 minutes. Just check with a toothpick. For the cupcakes, you will want to bake them for less time. I think I did mine for around 20 minutes. We had 48 cupcakes in at the same time because we did a double batch so you will just have to watch them. Maybe go less and check to see if you need to add more.
This cake is very yummy cold and topped with cool whip. For the cupcakes, I chose a cream cheese frosting that was very yummy. Here is that recipe:
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 Cream Cheese softened
2 tsp. vanilla
Blend these together and then add:
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened
Blend until smooth and then add:
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Blend until smooth.
This is not the sickly sweet cream cheese frosting that comes out of a can. It has a rich cream cheese flavor without being overwhelming. It almost takes like cheesecake on top of these chocolate cupcakes. YUM!
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Now I do have to put in a word about the yucky red decorating icing we used. I would not recommend Betty Crocker Cookie Icing that comes out of a squeeze bag. This does not work well for decorating cakes. We tried to do polka dots but they turned into blobs. Then we tried to do an A and a 10 for my daughter's initial and age and it was a little better but not much. I learned my lesson on this and hope you will not make the same mistake I did after reading this. Here is a picture of our "blobs".
|Where's the cuteness in this? At least they tasted yummy!|
Have a blessed day,