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Aug 6, 2010
12:09 PM

Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake

Need a savory kid-friendly dessert in a pinch? With the school year around the corner, this recipe is a lifesaver – sure to please your whole family

Quick & Easy Chocolate Cake

I'm ready to get baking. How about you?

After a long summer, I'm itching to heat up the oven and start baking cookies and cakes. Seriously, when does the snow start so I can justify cranking up the stove to 375 for an afternoon? I've had to temper my baking fixation with the occasional batch of blueberry muffins and of course a cobbler or two. But it's just not the same as putting together something seriously sweet for a special occasion: my solution, an easy chocolate bundt cake.

I'm usually not the one to reach for a box instead of the flour, but with this cake you really can't tell the difference – so why go to all the work of making a cake from scratch? Plus, I pack on a smooth, gooey chocolate icing.

My mom has been making this chocolate cake since I was little. My copy has her handwritten instructions right from off of the box of a Duncan Hines cake mix. Of course, I've made a few adjustments to the original to put my own spin on the recipe. Around my house, this isn't just cake – it's comfort food. (Make your kids really happy by letting them have it in a bowl with milk for breakfast.)

And make a mental note for once the school year starts: This recipe comes together quickly so I always have the ingredients on hand for those times when one of my kids says, "Oh, yeah, mom I'm supposed to bring something in to class/soccer/girl scouts tomorrow. Can you make something?"

One last note: It also freezes well, minus the icing, so you can even make one ahead if you can stand baking one and not eating it right away!

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