Monday, July 6

Good Eating Monday: Quick Black Forest Cake

Did you have a nice July 4th? Go see the public fireworks?
We just had a quiet weekend at home. We don't go to the public fireworks---mostly because it's a mad-house. Parking is terrible. Mobs of people. And trying to leave is a lot like leaving a Disney World Park after the last fireworks show. Plus many people bring their personal fireworks with them to set off while they're waiting for the show--both legal & illegal types. So all that sort of thing is zinging off in front of you or over your head. Not so cool.

Anyway today's Good Eating Recipe is Quick Black Forest Cake!
Black Forest Cake is basically chocolate cake with cherries and whipped topping. This recipe is for a 9 x 13 pan and is good with or without whipped topping! But whipped topping looks pretty if you're taking it to a picnic or pot-luck!
(Photo from Pinterest shows cake with whipped topping!)

Quick Black Forest Cake
Ingredients:
1 Box Chocolate or Devil's Food Cake Mix
1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling
2 Large Eggs
1/4 cup water or milk, if needed.

Directions:
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with oil spray and set oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large bowl combine chocolate cake mix with pie filling & eggs & beat with a mixer 2 minutes. If batter seems thick, add a little water or milk and mix in. 

Pour batter into oiled 9 x 13 pan and bake for the time specified on the cake mix box for a 9 x 13 pan: about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Let cool and top with whipped topping, if desired, though cake is very good plain. Cut into 24 pieces. Serves 24.
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Since I don't eat boxed cake mix daily with every meal, it's probably not going to create a huge health problem---but in reading the ingredients on Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker & Pillsbury cake mixes, all of them use partially-hydrogenated oil, despite the fact this is notoriously well known as being bad for the health. (This process combines hydrogen & oil in such a way the molecules are changed.)  They do this because it gives the product a very long shelf life.

So today I was looking in Pinterest for a basic recipe for
 "home-made cake mix."
Because what is cake mix? It should be no more then flour, baking powder, sugar and a bit of salt. And this can be bagged up in a ziplock bag and kept in the freezer until needed, then you just add the various wet ingredients like milk, vanilla, butter plus whole eggs for yellow cake, egg whites for white cake & cocoa for chocolate cake.
I haven't tried it yet, but it's on my agenda!
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Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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