In honor of Fathers Day today, I wanted to share with you a few special photos from a special day in my childhood. It was my birthday, and the first time I was ever given "special jewelry". After the tea party was over (it was always a tea party) and the party-goers were long gone. My daddy surprised me with a special gift. It was a delicate gold necklace, and I will never forget these moments. Being the only girl in my family, I have always been daddy's girl. Its a bond unlike any other and I am so thankful for him in my life.
It was a toss up between cinnamon rolls and chocolate cake for the recipe I wanted to share, both are a favorite of my dad. But in the end chocolate won, doesn't it always?
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9" spring form pan.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Reduce speed to the lowest setting and stir in boiling water. The batter will be very thin at this point. Pour batter into the spring form pan, it will be very full!
Carefully place pan into oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and transfer onto to cooling rack. Cool completely. Prepare frosting by melting 2 cups of chocolate chips in warm milk, with a tablespoon of butter. Whisk until shiny and smooth.
Place the cooled cake onto cake pedestal or serving tray. Pour the melted chocolate onto center of cake and gently push out to the edges of the cake with a spatula until it is delicately covering the sides of the cake.
Serve room temperature (or if you are my dad, refrigerate/freeze until chilled completely!)
Happy Fathers Day, Daddy!