D turned two and a half just before Christmas.. I took it as an opportunity to introduce him to the world of baking. He has helped me out in the kitchen before but never have I let him be in control of the process from start to finish minus oven duties.. though he did spend a lot of time at the oven door staring in.
He has yet to grasp the concept of licking.. he just stuffed the whole whisk in his mouth.
He was so tired with all the mixing, licking batter and decorating that when the cake was ready and it was time to dig in he ate a bite, laid down and said no. Ah the life of a baker.from
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Unsweetened Cocoa
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
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
blue food coloring
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like. Add in 3 drops of red food coloring and beat until color is distributed.
Note: I used half the recipe and baked two 5in round pans
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