September 24th, 2005

forget me nots

"Darn Good Chocolate Cake" [recipe]

Darn Good Chocolate Cake
Cooking oil spray
flour for dusting
1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. plain devil's food or dark chocolate fudge cake mix
1 (3.9 oz.) pkg. chocolate instant pudding mix
4 lg. eggs
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 & 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly mist a 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour and set aside. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, warm water and oil in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer at low speed for 1 minute. Stop blending and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat an additional 2-3 minutes, scraping the sides as needed. The batter should look thick and well-combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, stirring to make sure they are distributed evenly. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan, smoothing it out with the spatula. Bake approximately 45-50 minutes. Cake should spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, and it should start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Place cake pan on a wire rack to cool for 20-30 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake and then invert it onto a rack and cool completely. Serves 16.