A Chocolate Lover’s Friday


I usually make chiffon, sponge, and devil’s food chocolate cakes, but I decided to go out on a limb and do it simple this time. So, I made a chocolate sheet cake recipe that my mother loves to make, and decided to go cupcake rather than sheet/layer cake. What surprised me was how well they domed!

The frosting I used came from the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa can, and though I’ve used it before, it was like a whole new revelation when I tasted it again. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t make old favorites for a very long time! No piping bag or spatula, so a plain butter knife had to do the job of spreading the joy around. It’s a rustic look, but Salt Lake City, where I am right now, is a bit of a rustic town so these cupcakes fit right in!

1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp coffee
4 TB cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup low fat milk + 3 tsp vinegar to make buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Bring water, oil, butter, and coffee to a boil, then whisk in cocoa till smooth. Set aside.
  3. While water mixture is coming to the boiling point, sift together dry ingredients.
  4. Beat eggs with the buttermilk, then beat in the hot water mixture. Fold in the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour batter into greased and floured 8 x 13 x 2″ pan, or into cupcake cases.
  6. Bake for ~45 minutes for a sheet cake, or 15-20 minutes for cupcakes, or until cake springs back when touched and a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool, then cover with Chocolate Frosting and sprinkle with roasted, chopped nuts.

Yield: 22 cupcakes or 24 squares

Perfectly Chocolate Frosting
1 stick butter or margarine
2/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted


  1. Melt butter, then whisk in cocoa.
  2. Remove mixture to a mixing bowl and beat in milk.
  3. When milk is well blended into the cocoa mixture, gradually add powdered sugar until the desired consistency is achieved.
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3 thoughts on “A Chocolate Lover’s Friday

    • haha thanks! I went to Amazon to see what that cover looked like, and it’s significantly better than this picture…but hey, if you can be tricked into thinking they look even remotely similar, then yay!

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