Friday, November 19, 2010

Aunt Bessie's Chocolate Cake

Cousin Willie turned 50 last summer and there was a big party for him with all kinds of delicious homemade food brought by various family members. Aunt Bessie brought this cake and it was the hit of the party. It is very easy to make. One of my friends has called it the best chocolate cake ever.

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup cold milk
1 3.9 ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 8 ounce container Cool Whip (thawed)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Beat on low speed for 1 minute and then on medium for 1 minute. Pour into greased pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

For frosting, in a medium mixing bowl beat the milk and pudding for 2 minutes. Beat in the Cool Whip and spread over the cake.