Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sassy Kids Birthday Cake

There's a new 13 year old in my house today.  That makes two teenagers.  Teenagers are awesome.  Never let anyone tell you differently.  Happy Birthday Asher!

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!


Oooooo, shiny!



13 candles.  How is that possible?????

2 comments:

  1. Are you really sifting? Like with an actual sifter? I hate that part so wanting to know if it's necessary. I think I could get over my gag factor on mayonnaise to try this, at least once, since I do so trust your baking.

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  2. I only sift because of the clumps I usually have in the cocoa powder. Plus, if I sift the dry ingredients, then I can mix it with a wire whisk and not have to get out my mixer :) I just dump the cocoa and flour and soda through a mesh strainer over my mixing bowl. Haven't owned a sifter in years!

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