“Julia, here is a one cup measure for the flour, you may put two level cups into this bowl; and Austin, here’s the sugar; you may dump this in.”
“Mom, may I stir it now?” asks my little baker girl.
“When is my turn to stir?” Austin wants to know.
“You can each have a turn; Austin can stir the dry ingredients; then Julia can whisk in the rest,” I instruct.
Next comes 1-year-old Rayni, wanting to be involved with our chocolate cake endeavors.
“Maybe I’ll put you in your high chair then you can watch from there,” I tell her as I scoop her up and pull the high chair close enough for her to watch, crowding my small kitchen even more. By the time every thing has been measured, dumped and blended, the counter top definitely looks like something major has happened.
Bits of dough, flour, and cocoa are the telltale stories of little sweethearts helping Mama in the kitchen. My mind travels back to when I was a young girl and loved helping my mother. In spite of the messes I made, I remember my mother patiently allowing me to “help” her.
Even though I don’t get as much time to work in the kitchen as I used to, I do enjoy the little moments of whipping up our favorites every now and then. Not only to put food on the table, but also for the quality time the children and I share as the food is in the making.
If I suggest to Julia that we bake something and it happens to be over the time of Austin’s nap, she always says, “But Mom, Austin would like to help too!” As you can hear, I’m blessed with eager little helpers. Our motto is, “If you help bake, you’ll also help wash dishes.” Clean-up isn’t the funnest part, but what a delight to have a pan of fresh cookie bars, pie or cinnamon rolls to serve to the family.
Our chocolate cake is the type that never lasts long at our house and is delicious served with yogurt or milk. I’ve made countless batches of this when I was a girl at home. I remember a time when all of us were still living at home and we could easily eat three of these a week. For quite some time, it was our standby baked good. I’ll share both recipes with you below.
Gloria’s moist chocolate cake with double mocha frosting
2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons soda
3/4 cups cocoa
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup hot coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
Double mocha frosting
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cups cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Mix dry ingredients.
Add remaining ingredients.
Pour into a greased 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
When cooled, spread frosting on top.
Yield: 20 pieces
Combine melted butter, cocoa, salt and coffee.
Then add milk, vanilla and powdered sugar.