One of our fabulous Cookbook Chairs shares her sweet experience from this past Valentine’s Day’s….
I don’t know about everyone else, but if you ask me, going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day is never as fun as it sounds. It’s impossible to get a reservation and when you do, you have to eat an expensive prix fixe menu with a dessert you don’t even want, that sometimes has coconut in it. Well, this year, we took a stand for chocolate (the true hero of Valentine’s Day) and stayed home to enjoy a delicious steak, a bottle of wine and the star of the show: the Chocolate Chip Cake from the Life of the Party.
Verdict: this is one of the best cakes I have ever made! It’s easy to make, only has a few ingredients, can be made ahead and really doesn’t need any icing or accompaniment – though we paired it with freshly whipped cream. It was Valentine’s day and it looked so lonely.
The hardest part of the recipe was grating the chocolate bar which was really not a big deal, but a little messy and slow. Next time I might consider just using a knife to slice the bar really thinly instead of using a cheese grater. However you make it, this is a simple, delicious recipe that everyone will love.
Confession: we ate it for breakfast too.
Chocolate Chip Cake, Life of the Party pg 109
The grated chocolate is the key to this light, moist cake. You might find yourself making excuses to bake it.
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (2 layer) package yellow cake mix
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, grated
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chips
Beat the eggs, water and oil in a mixing bowl. Add the cake mix and pudding mix gradually, beating for 2 minutes. Stir in the grated chocolate and chocolate chips. Pour into a greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
Yield 16 servings