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Linky Love and A Darn Good Chocolate Cake

Thanks for linking up to my second Home and Family Friday Linky Party! Leanne always has such great organizing tips. I’m going to use her bag idea for my son’s baseball clothes and cub scout items. I always appreciate good organizing tips! (On a side note, I don’t know how to put Leanne’s bag picture into this post. Anyone know how to do that?)

Saturday night my husband and I were invited to a party, where we were in charge of bringing dessert. I really wanted to make a Bailey’s Chocolate Cake, but it was really early on Saturday morning when I started it and I didn’t want to call my neighbor for the recipe at 7am. So, out came my Cake Mix Doctor cook book. If you aren’t familiar with this book, you need to see it. The author takes a regular old cake mix, adds a few other ingredients, and makes miracles happen!

Here’s the recipe:

Darn Good Chocolate Cake
Grease and flour bundt pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add the following ingredients to a large bowl. Mix for 3 minutes.
1 Package chocolate cake mix
1 Package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding
4 Eggs
1 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup warm water
1/2 Cup vegetable oil

Fold in:
1 and 1/2 Cup chocolate chips
Bake for 45-50 minutes.

I didn’t have any chocolate chips in my pantry (can’t believe that’s even possible since I buy them in bulk) so I used semi-sweet chocolate squares instead. I chopped them up and really liked the small little chocolatey bits they added to the cake.

I used my Pampered Chef bundt pan to make the cake. I also took a little bit of cake batter and made a few cupcakes for the kids, since they weren’t coming to the party.

Here’s the cake fresh out of the oven.

And cooling…

While the cake was cooling I got breakfast ready for the kids, got myself ready for the day, and organized a few things that needed to be taken to the Goodwill. While I was there I found this little treasure!!!

It was only $2.50! Such a cute little vintage cake carrier, and so perfect for transporting my cake to the party that night! My daughter was in love with it because it was pink. I’m and NOT a pink person, but how can you resist this adorable cake carrier?

My husband, on the other hand, did not agree that it was $2.50 well spent. I will just ignore the following comments:
“Where are you going to put that?”
“I don’t care if it was free. Why did you need that?”
“It’s all scratched up.”
“And why do we want someone else’s junk?”
He doesn’t see the joy in thrift store shopping.

Once I was home from Goodwill, awesome treasure in hand, it was on to frosting. There is no better frosting than Martha Stewart’s chocolate frosting recipe. It was an old chocolate frosting recipe (pre-jailtime-Martha).

Mix together:
3 and 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 Cup butter, softened
1/2 Cup room temperature milk
2 tsp vanilla

Here’s the finished cake.

It was moist, really yummy, and so cute in the little cake carrier.

Here are a few linky parties I’m joining!

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The Comments

  • kim
    April 26, 2010

    Becca, that chocolate cake looks so good! Love the vintage cake carrier and what a bargain!

  • Elissa
    April 26, 2010

    This looks so yummy! I might have to make one this week! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Petie
    April 26, 2010

    The cake looks delish! I love a good buy at the Goodwill too….cute cake carrier. I also love a great tip shared…want to try to find Leanne's tip for bball clothes (have softball clothes too:)

  • mommyroo
    April 27, 2010

    Ahhh "men", they just don't understand… 😉

  • Leanne
    April 27, 2010

    Becca, thanks so much for mentioning me. You're such a sweetheart. Now, I have to try that cake and the cake carrier is adorable. I'm so hungry right now. Have a beautiful day!

  • Kaysi
    April 29, 2010

    WOW!!! That looks so great and yummy!

  • Stephanie Cameron
    April 30, 2010

    I would have paid 3 times that amount happily for the cake carrier! My husband asks me daily when I am going to stop buying "crap" and I reply "NEVER!!"

  • Happy Nester
    April 30, 2010

    The cake looks delicious! & what a deal you got on the cake carrier. Its darling!

  • TidyMom
    May 1, 2010

    YUM!! Love the cake carrier too!♥

    Thanks for sharing and linking to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend.

  • the country cook
    May 1, 2010

    Such a cute cake…and an even cuter carrier! – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  • Stephanie Lynn
    May 2, 2010

    Wow – that cake looks perfect! Great find on the cake carrier {very cool} Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance. Thanks for sharing the recipe – I may need to try this one!

  • Amanda
    May 2, 2010

    Looks delicious!! Great job with the pictures and post. I know documenting a recipe for a post can be a lot of work.

    Love the cake carrier!!

  • Jessica Hills
    May 3, 2010

    This is a very bad thing for me to be reading about right now…Thanks so much for linking to Favorite THings Friday!

  • Gay Vaughan
    May 4, 2010

    I featured this on my party wrap-up! Thanks for linking up.

  • jayayceeblog
    May 4, 2010

    Bundt cakes are my all-time favorites – they always turn out good. I have the Cake Doctor book, too. Love the peanut butter frosting on devil's food cake. You couldn't pass up that vintage cake carrier … is he nuts? I'll bet you were the hit of the party!!!

  • Deb Martin
    June 18, 2015

    MY grandma had that same carrier…she was born in 1906 and I think she got it when she was fairly young…I'd love to have it…or one like it if I couldn't have the original… $2.50 well spent! Enjoy!