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This is a seriously easy cake. I think it took me almost as long to lick the bowl out afterwards as it did to make the cake. For anyone who thinks they can’t make a cake, give this one a try. Don’t be put off by the vinegar, it really does work in this cake.

From my mom’s cookbook:
Another recipe hurriedly recorded over the phone and made right away to an appreciative group. That Melissa, what a resource!


Melissa’s Easy Chocolate CakeChocolate Cake decorated for Liv

Makes two eight inch rounds or one large rectangular.

Melt 1/2 C butter and/or margarine

Add 1 tsp vanilla and 2 tsp vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease pans.

Sift into a bowl:
3 C flour
2 C sugar
6 TB cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1 small tsp salt

Add 2 C cold water to butter mixture. Pour this into dry ingredients and stir well.

Pour into 2 greased layer pans or 1 greased large pan (10″x14″).

Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Icing #1:
This takes less time to make then going to the store and buying commercial goop.Cream together 4 TB butter and 1/2 C honey. Add 1 tsp vanilla or 1/4 C cocoa and 2-3 TB milk. To thin, add a little milk; to thicken, add powdered milk. Make it any colour you like.


Icing #2:
Cream well 1/2 C brown sugar and 2 TB butter. Add 2 TB warmed milk and beat. Add icing sugar until right consistency (up to 1 1/2 C). Add vanilla or other flavouring.

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This yummy sounding recipe was sent to me by Nathan Eng. I haven’t tried it yet but it looks so good I had to post it. Let me know if you try it.


Uncle Robert’s Easy Baileys Cheesecake

1 (9-inch) chocolate graham cracker crumb crust (or regular graham or shortbread crust)
1 (8-ounce/ ~226g) package of light cream cheese, soften, get all the lumps out
1 can of light sweetened condensed milk (300ml, 397 g)
¼- cup (4tbsp, 50ml) of lemon juice
1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
½ cup (125ml) of Baileys Irish Cream (or your favourite cream liqueur)

1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy and non-lumpy.

2. Add sweetened condensed milk; blend thoroughly.

3. Stir in lemon juice, vanilla and Baileys.

4. Pour into crust.

Chill about 2 hours so it holds its shape. Cut and serve. Enjoy.

Variants: If you don’t have the crumb crust, a thinly baked instant brownie will do. Also, served in wine glasses with crumbled chocolate chip cookies underneath and a square of quality chocolate on top makes it fancy and you don’t need to chill it as much.

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