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From: Deborah (
Subject:         a birthday cake idea/recipe
Date: December 12, 2011 at 9:29 am PST

In Reply to: Looking for a birthday cake idea/recipe posted by meredyth on December 12, 2011 at 4:25 am:

Here is a tasty chocolate cake with PB frosting!


Rich Double Chocolate Cake

1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 F.
Grease or spray a 8" x 8" x 2" square pan.
In a bowl, mix dry ingredients.
Stir in remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips.
Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
Sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter.
Bake 35 - 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center
of cake comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.

Makes one layer. Multiply amount as needed.



Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Spray liners lightly with pan spray.
Put batter into the lined tins.
Bake in preheated 350 F oven 20 minutes,
or until a toothpick inserted in center
of a cupcake comes out clean.



Vanilla Chip Cake

Omit cocoa.
Add an additional 1/4 cup flour.
Use 2 tsps vanilla.

If desired, use vanilla (white chocolate) chips,
or chopped vegan white chocolate.


Peanut Butter Frosting I

4 cups confectioner's sugar (approximately)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 - 1/2 cup almond milk, rice milk, or soymilk

Beat peanut butter with margarine.
Mix in confectioner's sugar a bit at a time.
Add 'milk as needed to achieve spreading consistency.
Frost cooled cake immediately.


Peanut Butter Frosting II

1/4 lb margarine
1/2 cup peanut butter
6 Tbs almond milk, rice milk, or soymilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb powdered sugar

Bring margarine, peanut butter, and 'milk just
to a boil.
Remove from heat.
Add vanilla.
Mix in powdered sugar.
Beat well.
Frost cooled cake immediately, while frosting
is still warm.

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