Look grandma, no packets! chocolate cake edition

This series Look Grandma, no packets! Will be easy and dead simple recipes that substitute the boxed equivalent.With each recipe, I will ask myself if this is easier, faster, healthier and cheaper than the packaged alternative.

So I will start series with a simple recipe for chocolate cake! I’ve modified (by accident) Pioneer women’s excellent chocolate sheet cake.Ā 

In a large mixing bowl, mix one cup flour, one cup sugar and a pinch of salt (1/8 of a teaspoon if you want to be exact)

Melt butter and add in two heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder. Add in 1/2 cup of boiling water and let cool.

Mix chocolate liquid with flour.

Take 1/4 cup of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Or use 1/4 cup of buttermilk. I never have buttermilk so I usually do the milk and vinegar shortcut. However I did not have vinegar so I skipped this step. I would not recommend it though! It should make the cake more fluffy.

Add one egg and beat slightly, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Mix the milk egg mixture into the chocolate and pour into a pan. I used an 8×8 pan. I probably should of used a larger pan but I wanted to make a 4×4 cake.

It sort of scared me how liquidly the cake was but it all came out a-okay!

Here’s a close up look at the cake. I admit that the addition of two eggs made this cake sponge like, Sort of like a light brownie.

Not that theres anything wrong with brownies šŸ™‚

My cake decorating and icing skills can be critised in another post. On to the review out of 5! 5 being the best.

Easy 4
Theres a lot of small steps, like melting butter and boiling water. And I had to wash a saucepan and a bowl, the horror! Steps could be simplified.

Cheap 5
There are no additional ingredents that need a degree to understand (im looking at you xanun gum) and this recipe is very pantry friendly.

Healthy3
There is no oil added and you can reduce the sugar. I definately would if you are using icing. However by the scary nutritional factors that I found from here. You are still eating cake!

Time 4

20 prep 20 cooking, it is on par with box

RecipeĀ modifiedĀ from Pinoeer Women

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk or milk with a touch of vingar
  • 1 egg (not two!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix one cup flour, one cup sugar and a pinch of salt (1/8 of a teaspoon if you want to be exact)
  2. Melt butter and add in two heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder. Add in 1/2 cup of boiling water and let cool
  3. Mix chocolate liquid with flour.
  4. Take 1/4 cup of milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Or use 1/4 cup of buttermilk.
  5. Add one egg and beat slightly, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  6. Mix the milk egg mixture into the chocolate and pour into a pan. I used an 8×8 pan. I probably should of used a larger pan but I wanted to make a 4×4 cake.
  7. Bake the cake fro 20 minutes in a 350 oven or until cake is set