Mother’s Day Chocolate Cake

Kids have been out of school since March.  Several states have closed schools for the rest of the school year.  That means no homemade woodshop presents for mum.  No color-me-in flower pot drawing.  No creative cards.

As a dad and husband, that could be a problem.  You have nowhere to hide and you have absolutely no excuse for not looking after your wife on this important day of the year.

We celebrate our mothers, and it is our responsibility to make sure our kids fulfill their duties of creating drawings or cakes, while in lockdown.

Many families celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.  While this might be very traditional, and we now have a more shared approach to household chores, many women around the world are still the main person responsible for the house.

In our little family, I can proudly share that we both help out with keeping a tidy house.  We cook, clean, wash, and dry together.  Both of us are working full time, so we have to pull our weight and share.

Assuming you have instructed your kids to get creative, you (dad) can also contribute.  I would suggest you make her a nice dinner or perhaps a nice chocolate cake.

Many women love chocolate, so why not let her indulge in this amazing recipe?

Like any dish, bread, or cake, you obviously need to make sure you have the ingredients before you embark on a kitchen adventure.

If not, grab your mouth mask and head to the local grocery store to buy the below items.  It serves multiple purposes, but the main thing is to impress your wife, and secondly, you support local businesses.

Assuming you have succeeded and planned ahead, let’s get baking.

  • 3 cups of regular flour
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

You will be pleasantly surprised how easy this cake is, and yet delicious.

  1. You might as well start by turning on the oven, setting it to 325 Fahrenheit
  2. Take a large bowl and add the dry ingredients; flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking soda.
  3. Use a large spatular to mix it, making sure the flour mixture has a nice consistent chocolate color
  4. Now it is time to add the wet stuff; vanilla extract, oil, and vinegar
  5. Mix it slowly so it becomes a chocolaty paste
  6. Start adding the water, and keep mixing until it is a smooth paste, no lumps, please!
  7. Take a large baking tray, 9 x 13 inches
  8. Spray the sides and bottom wide baking spray
  9. Pour in the paste
  10. Bake it for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a wooden or metal pick comes out clean
  11. Let it cool at least 15-20 minutes before cutting and eating

It was served with tea/coffee/hot chocolate, and I have to admit, it disappeared very fast. Everybody asked for a 2nd and 3rd piece.

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no filters – this is what it looked like.  I don’t have time to take fancy pictures of my creations.  I share them as they turn out.  That way you don’t get disappointed 🙂

I’m happy to see when my family eat and appreciate the foods I make, even if they sometimes eat it faster than I would like.  I spend hours cooking, only to see it get devoured in minutes.  But, I guess that is a testament to the fact that they like it!

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