Friday, July 7, 2017

World Chocolate Day

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 It's world Chocolate Day, which marks the 467th year that chocolate was introduced to Europe. Chocolate was invented in Central America in about 1900 B.C.  Cocoa was thought of as incredibly precious, and the seeds were even thought of as currency.
  Chocolate was brought to Europe by Don Hernan Cortez when traveling back to Spain. Drinking chocolate spread throughout Europe in 1650. Today chocolate is used in all sorts of recipes and eaten alone.
  To celebrate World Chocolate Day make this delicious chocolate cake recipe from and share it with a friend!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup milk, buttermilk, almond, or coconut milk
  • ½ cup vegetable, canola oil, or melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water                                                                                                                                 Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  • For the chocolate cake:
    1. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
    2. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter until well combined.
    3. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.
    4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

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