Posted by: patriciamar | March 12, 2009


It seems that my writing has evolved into a faithful and loving devotion towards European sweets and- of course- bread and cheese.  I almost apologize, but not really.

My life revolves around bread and cheese. When I am eating it, it’s like I’m in another world.

When it’s almost gone, I start to worry about when I will get some next, and what kind I will get. Young Gouda? Graskaas? Oud Gouda? Brie? Roombrie? Camembert? Emmentaler? Port Salut? Will I go to the market or the grocery store? What if there is a sale? Will I get two kinds?

When it’s gone, I am in a state of emptiness.  I do love kaas.

Getting back to the point, this blog has somewhat become an ode to delicious food, so I will proceed with this, and give you an amazing recipe for chocolate cake that I found, made, and ate. I will also try to think of non-food things to write about. Try.

I apologize for the rough measurements and times.  This is how I cook.

Black Chocolate Cake

(adjusted for smaller size, and because I can’t find certain ingredients here.  Recipe originally found at: Thanks Jeanie Bean!)


  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2  cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2  tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup boiling water (or hot coffee)
  • 1 eggs, beaten a bit
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together: flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt the shortening in the boiling water, then stir into the flour mixture until blended. Beat the eggs a bit, mix in, and then stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour batter into 9×9 inch pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.  

I strongly suggest adding chocolate frosting.  I make my chocolate frosting from butter (1-3 Tablespoons), cocoa (a good shake of the box-better more than less), milk, and powdered sugar.  If you need more specific measurements, please Google it.  In all honesty, I think everyone should already know how to make chocolate frosting anyway.  Enjoy!

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