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Wednesday was my sister-in-law’s birthday, and since she was here in Florida with us… we made cake! And I really wanted an excuse to make cake. Especially this recipe from a friend of ours in Michigan who would always make this cake for our birthdays. I was missing this rich, decadent, layers-of-chocolate tradition and needed a fix.

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And it never hurts to have willing helpers. This girl measures and pours on her own now, I hardly did any of the work.

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(Please excuse the Christmas pajama shirt in July, we let him pick out his pajamas.)
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Of course once it was all put together with candles at the ready, the next five minutes while we waited for everyone to gather ’round was torture. I’m not sure who felt more tortured, me or the kids, but Brayden started singing “Happy Birthday” about 3 different times, and one of those was to an empty room. The boy was ready to eat some cake.

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It was thick, rich, moist and delicious. Topped with some confectioners sugar and some sliced strawberries on the side, I don’t think there wasn’t one part of this cake that I don’t want to marry.


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And since I’ve already been asked for the recipe a few times since, I figured I’d share it here with you, because, well… when a girl’s got a killer chocolate recipe, a girl’s gotta share.

Decadent Chocolate Cake:
(Double the recipe to make the pictured two-layer cake)

1C Sugar
3/4 C Cocoa
1 1/2 C Flour
Pinch of Salt
3/4 C Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise (The secret ingredient!)
1 tsp Vanilla

Mix together and set aside.

In second bowl mix 1C Water and 1 rounded tsp Baking Soda. Mix both bowls together, pour into pan and bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Let cool before frosting, either with store bought frosting, your own recipe or something like this.