March 05, 2010

All Along

It was there, under my nose. It was the very last place I looked. Isn't that always the way?

A game of hide and seek in the kitchen. Its back was turned to me...and that's when I saw it. Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake.

I pulled the container of Hershey's Cocoa from the shelf and scanned the ingredients once more just to be sure I had everything needed, and that I was indeed not imaging things. No butter?

No butter. Hallelujah!

Back to back snowstorms were testing us and I was determined to pass with flying colors.

This cake aced it.

Dark, moist, chocolate cake greatness.

I imagined a piece of cake sitting in a bowl filled with a shallow pool of ice cold whole milk (how I used to enjoy it as a kid). The milk would turn to chocolate milk, sweet with soggy crumbs. It could only be eaten with a spoon when represented in this way.

Instead of cake rounds, I ended up making two 8x8 square tins. There was no frosting and no powdered sugar to adorn. Just nice plain chocolate cake. The kind of cake that leaves sticky remains in the bottom of the pan and clings to your finger tips when you're slicing a piece or two for after dinner with espresso.

One tin was enjoyed thoroughly that week, the other was frozen for later consumption (later was just one week later, by the way).

Chocolate cake success is Roberto making quick work of the chocolaty remains at the bottom of the tin by scraping away with a butter knife while I'm licking fingerprints of sticky cake goodness from my serving hand. Yes, chocolate cake success.


  1. That looks seriously dark and sticky. Just the way I like my chocolate cake to be.

  2. This cake looks almost brownie like. Was it? I looove brownies, and this may be worth trying if that's the case!

    Love the last picture!

  3. Wow looks delicious!! Hope it tastes as chocolatey as it looks. I'm always disappointed when something (esp chocolate desserts) looks really dark and rich, but the flavor isn't as intense as the color. Yum!

  4. This looks delish! Just up my alley.

  5. Kath - Oh, yes, seriously dark and sticky. Is there Hershey's Cocoa in the UK?

    Beth – I'm a cake-like brownie loving girl, but this was definitely more cake-like than brownie-like.

    Geoffrey - I thought it tasted just as a chocolate cake should, intense—but not overly, living up to the color nicely.

    Michele – I wish I had another one to pull from the freezer. :)

  6. I love the idea of placing a slice of chocolate cake in a bowl of milk. Yum!

  7. Oh goodness, you've made me SO happy with this post! I've been searching and searching for the details you just described: moist, sticky to pan and fingers. YAY!! I can't wait to try it!

  8. no butter?? crazy! glad to see that an off the box recipe turned out great for you tracy.

  9. Perfect, simple and looks absolutely divine. Delicious.

  10. Oh, wish I had a piece of that now! It looks sooo delicious, moist and chocolaty!

  11. Oh my God!!! that looks really good... have a nice sunday!

  12. ahhh i know what i'm dreaming about tonight
    a bientot
    the paris food blague

  13. Denise - It's so good when the milk is ice cold.

    Tart - I hope you make yourself a nice chocolate cake as soon as you're all settled in your new place. :)

    Elizabeth - It is crazy!

    Velva - :)

    Pam - I wish I had a piece now too. :)

    Elie's Papel - Thank you :) You too!

    The Paris Food Blague - I would like to dream about chocolate cake in Paris, myself. :)

  14. I have made this cake many a time....always a winner!


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