Soup and Cake

Illness and cold, rainy days mean cooking. I made another chicken soup today. The kids enjoy sipping mugs of broth with just chicken in it. It might not help them medically, but they feel like it is a cup of love and what is better than that when you are sick?

I also made a chocolate cake for Cal as a surprise. These past 5 days he hasn’t laid eyes on any of us for more than 10 minutes. The two youngest were just too sick to mingle with him and frankly, the baby was so clingy and fussy that it was pointless to try and have a conversation. I really don’t want Cal to get sick. He seems to hang on to chest colds for what seems like months.

This chocolate cake is straight off of the Hershey’s cocoa tin. I have found no better recipe, ever.

Hershey’s chocolate cake

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder

2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup milk

1 cup boiling water

Weird, I know, but trust me.

Combine dry ingredients
Add all wet ingredients EXCEPT boiling water
Mix for 2 minutes
Add boiling water and stir till combined
Pour into greased cake pans(I like using 2 round ones, but a 13X9 works equally well)
Bake 350, for 35 minutes, or until knife comes out clean when inserted in center of cake.

Cool and frost.

Hopefully, he won’t read this blog before he gets home and ruin the surprise!  Enjoy. 🙂

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