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Friday, October 16, 2009

Six Minute Chocolate Cake

chocolate cake

i found myself in an awful mood last friday. something about the coming cold weather, early sunset really puts me in a funk. it had been a busy day, needy phone calls, random errands and even tho there was a prospect of happy hour with some friends, the cloud over my head would not dissipate. i remember thinking that i shouldn't be so down, nothing can be that serious that i quite literally want to crawl into bed, pull my comforter over my head and ignore everyone. i also remember feeling bad for being in the dumps. now i know it's ok. i mean, it's been a rough week in general, but i've survived it, with a little help from my friends... and chocolate cake.

later that friday night, after Nuria left for an evening out, i found myself too restless to crochet, too preoccupied to pay attention to anything on tv. so i thought back to the one chocolate cake i remember Shannalee of Food Loves Writing made some time ago. {yes, my elephant memory remembers the most random things, but i think, the most important things...} with just a few ingredients that i always have on hand, the mixing was minimal. even tho i didn't actually dig into it until the next day, for breakfast, the aroma of the cake baking soothed something in me. it took me a few minutes to find the recipe, 6 minutes to mix, and at minute 12 of baking, the smell hit me. the cake came out soft, deliciously tacky, leaving a thin coat on my fingers, giving me cause to lick them, quite enthusiastically i might add. i also threw in a handful of reeses peanut butter chips.

Six Minute Chocolate Cake
from Food Loves Writing, from Carol Cutler’s The Six-Minute Souffle and Other Culinary Delights

1 cup sugar (i used 2/3 cup)
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
handful peanut butter chips (optional, it was handy and it tickled my fancy)

2 Tablespoons vinegar (i used just regular)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Select an 8 X 8 X 2 pan or a 9″ round cake pan. Add all ingredients, except the vinegar, to the pan. Stir with a fork or wire whisk until thoroughly blended.

Add vinegar and stir quickly to thoroughly blend in the vinegar, and immediately place in the hot oven. There must be no delay in baking after the vinegar is added.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the center is slightly puffed and the sides begin to pull away from the pan. Cool. Sprinkle top with confectioner’s sugar or frost with chocolate frosting.

Cooking ahead: Six-minute chocolate cake is better if allowed to mellow for a day.

Today's song: Paolo Nutini, Autumn


  1. looks great and you make this sounds so easy!

  2. I cooked this last night - it was so easy. Thanks!

    However, I must not have been fast enough at the vinegar bit or something ... cake was still tasty, just not very pretty (and a bit crumbly). This is quite normal for me and baking (not my cooking talent).

  3. ravenous couple, oh it's easy. it uses stuff you already have and it really does take just minutes to whip together.

    jackie, i hope you do and please let me know how it goes for you. it really is such an easy recipe to put together. kids could get in on the act, and the adding of the vinegar? they'd enjoy it. :)

    oanh, yay! i LOVE it when readers tell me they've tried something i've made. my first time, i was so intrigued by the vinegar addition, i don't think i was very fast either. just keep in mind, i typically under bake my breads and cakes, keeps the moisture etc.

  4. Hmm what it is about chocolate that cures the pain because I turn to chocolate or cake as well to cheer myself up. I feel your pain thats why I moved away from Chicago, the cold, less sunglight, it just drives me bonkers. THanks for sharing.

  5. HW - chocolate cures all things that ails, it just does!
    i visited chicago once in June and it was so windy, i hated it.

  6. OoOOoooo i also have all of these ingredients just sitting in my pantry. 6 minutes hey? I think I can do it. Will try in the next week or so :)

  7. OoOOoooo i also have all of these ingredients just sitting in my pantry. 6 minutes hey? I think I can do it. Will try in the next week or so :)