Today is my birthday! And I don’t know why but I have not been looking forward to my birthday this year. Normally I embrace my birthdays and the start fresh of a new year and the goals and challenges I set for myself before my next birthday. But for some reason I have not embraced my birthday as much this year.
But, Eric, my awesome boyfriend has totally embraced my birthday and has gone out of his way this entire month to make me feel extra special! And he has BIG plans for us tonight (that he has been concocting all month). So, needless to say he has really turned my birthday frown upside down; and I have been smiling all week now because of my birthday!
I also decided to share cupcakes that my mom ALWAYS made for us on our birthday when my brothers and sisters and I were little. She never made them into cupcakes (always a sheet cake or a round 2-tier cake) but these cupcakes still bring me back to my birthdays as a child (ahhh, the good ole days when you got to have birthday parties and everyone spoiled you rotten)!
This cake is so moist and rich. It is also easy to make and goes perfect with cream cheese or butter cream icing. We also loved this cake as kids (and I still do now) because there are no eggs in the recipe so you know what that means: it is perfectly ok to lick the bowl (and spoon, and spatula, and your fingers...).
Just promise me two things... that you will try this recipe AND you won't laugh when I tell you where we got this recipe. This amazing, simple, extremely chocolaty chocolate cake recipe came from my sister Rachel's, Barbie coloring book that she had when she was little! Can you believe that?!? Every time any of us makes this cake recipe we laugh about the source of this recipe. I guess the lesson here is that you never know, when and where you might stumble upon that amazing recipe!
adapted from 'Some Barbie Coloring Book'
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well mixed. Pour into a 9 x 13 inch pan, 2 8-inch round pans, or cupcake pans lined with cupcake liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
Hi my name is Heather and I am a Texas gal who has been developing family friendly recipes since the tender age of nine in my Mom’s kitchen. Kitchen Concoctions allows me to share my love of cooking with others and express myself in the kitchen and through my other passion, writing! Kitchen Concoctions features fast, fresh, affordable, family friendly recipes as well as cooking tips and tricks, step-by-step how-to’s, party planning and entertaining tips, restaurant reviews, product reviews and giveaways. So kick back, grab a snack and stay awhile! From my kitchen to yours, heres to good eats!