Kids here get to pick their birthday meal and birthday cake. 9 times out of 10, they pick this chocolate cake. The recipe originally came from Eric's mom and is called "Salad Dressing Cake" - which means you use either miracle whip or mayonnaise in it. Not gross. Stop gagging.
It makes the most delicious, moist, rich cake ever.
I haven't used a boxed cake mix in many years. I think they're gross, and not any less work than making a cake from scratch. And the idea of "doctoring" a boxed cake mix baffles me. Why start with an inferior product and then add a few good things to it?
Fine, I'm a baking snob.
But try this cake - it's so simple! You can make a 9x13 pan, two 8-inch rounds, or 2 dozen cupcakes. Frost with a regular butter cream frosting, or use half butter and half cream cheese for a yummy change.
Sassy Kids Birthday Cake
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or miracle whip
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
In a large bowl, beat sugar, water, mayo and vanilla. Sift in the dry ingredients and beat til smooth. Pour into a greased and floured pan of your choice and bake at 350 for 35 minutes (less for rounds or cupcakes). The top should be slightly shiny but a toothpick should come out clean. Cool completely, then frost!
13 candles. How is that possible?????