Cooking and Baking

Ever try the recipes on the sides of packages?

You know the recipes you see on the side of the cream cheese package or oatmeal box. I recently saw a recipe on the side of a store brand cream cheese package and on a rainy day I tried it out of boredom. Blech! But many years ago I tried a recipe I found on an insert taped to the top of a Hershey's baking cocoa box. It was wonderful and I still make it often. It makes a small cake perfect for a small family - in my case just hubby and me. The recipe follows if you're interested. Has anyone else had good/bad experiences with these recipes or you don't bother with them?

Small, Quick, Chocolate Cake

Heat oven to 375
Makes one 9x9 square cake

1½ Cups Flour
¾ Cup sugar
¼ Cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 Cup water
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg


Spray a 9x9” pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Keeping vinegar separate, combine other wet ingredients and mix with the dry mixture until well mixed (about 2 minutes at medium speed on your electric mixer.)
Add vinegar last and mix well to blend. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 min or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool, and then top with favorite flavor of frosting.


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