Monday, June 28, 2010

Chocolate Picnic Cake: The Picnic Game

I'm going on a picnic, and I'm bringing Chocolate Picnic Cake, what else?

Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations loves picnics so much, that once again this year, she's playing the International Picnic Game. Each letter of the alphabet has been taken by a different blogger who will post what they're bringing to the Perfect Picnic A-Z!

Want to find out about the history of the picnic? Be sure and read the story at Months of Edible Celebrations.

The picnic this year is filled with international recipes and posts. We're going to have fun! Check out all the recipes at all these different blogs, so you can have your own Virtual Picnic... or real!


There are many recipes for Chocolate Picnic Cake--some using box mixes, some from scratch, but I'm posting an easy one! The nice thing about this Chocolate Picnic Cake is that it travels so well. It doesn't have to be refrigerated, and you can actually make ahead and freeze.  This is a variation on Mary Kennedy's Chocolate Kahlua Cake and my Double Chocolate Bundt Cake. They would all travel well to a picnic--virtual or real!!

1 (18 ounce) box Devil's Food  or Dark Chocolate Cake mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1  package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup warm water
1- 1/2 cups 70% or higher dark chocolate (chopped) or dark chocolate chips
1 cup (16 oz) sour cream
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Pour into oiled and floured Bundt pan.
3. Bake at 350 for about an  hour or until tooth pick comes out clean.
4. Dust with powdered sugar.

So, I'm going on a Picnic, and I'm bringing ...

A--Almond Joy Pie 
B--Baked Beans
C--Chocolate Picnic Cake
D--Dutch Funnel Cake
E--Easy Blender Chicken Pie
F--Five Bean Salad
G--Granola Bars
H--Herb and Cheese Pasta Salad
I--Incredibly Fruity Raspberry Cakes
J--Jeweled Picnic Bars
K--Kaltschale (cold fruit soup)
L--Long Island Lemonade Cocktail
M--Mushroom Tart
N--Nut Roast
O--Olive Nut Bread
P--Pomegranate Mousse Cake
R--Raspberry Chocolate Macaroons
S--Spicy Glazed Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs
T--Turkey and Pear wraps w/Curried Aioli
U-"Unoriginal Whole Foods Salad Bar"
V-Vegetable Things of Spring Salad+
W-White Caramel Popcorn
X X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad 
Y-Yellow Squash Casserole (soon:)
Z-Zucchini Bread 

(I'll be updating ALL the foods "I'll be bringing..." to the picnic on July 1)

I'm ready for the picnic! Thanks, Louise, for organizing the Picnic!


Mason Canyon said...

This sounds delicious and perfect for a picnic.

Thoughts in Progress

Anonymous said...

Cake recipes that start out with a box of cake mix always seem less intimidating to me. Thanks for sharing! This Chocolate Goddess is going to give it a try.

-Monica Erskine
Chocolate Goddess
Endangered Species Chocolate

Janet Rudolph said...

Monica, be sure and try the kahlua cake, too (there's a link). It's awesome!

Johanna GGG said...

I'm so glad there is a chocolate cake on our picnic - I'll be digging in for a slice - I have been quite interested in chocolate cakes with sour cream lately so this is right up my alley

Janet Rudolph said...

Johanna, I had a comment on Facebook about this recipe (Networked blogs?) One thing that occurred to me is that last time I made it, I was out of sour cream, so I substituted Greek yoghurt. A little tangy, but it actually worked well. Of course, good full fat sour cream is great and makes it so moist. Try making it with the Kahlua...even better!

Karen said...

I'm reading this at breakfast-time and thinking how perfect it would be for this very moment! :)

Janet Rudolph said...

Karen, it would be great for breakfast, and you can toast a slice, too!

Unknown said...

OK I'm your newest follower. Found you through the picnic game. Your blog is about chocolate! How do I NOT follow?!


Janet Rudolph said...

Welcome, Tamara, lots of chocolate!

Zelda Benjamin said...

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate - I love the chocolate picnic cake and will definitely make it.

Barbara said...

Yummy chocolate cake for our picnic, Janet. I bet it's really moist with not only the sour cream but the pudding! Bring it on!

Heather S-G said...

Thanks goodness you're bringing this cake...I'm craving chocolate! It sounds absolutely delicious =)

Janet Rudolph said...

Girlichef, yes we must have cake!!!

Kasha said...

You have this chocolate thing down! Yum! I am so grateful for this picnic so I can not only find new fun recipes, but also great cooks like you! Thanks!

Chats the Comfy Cook said...

Chocolate cake is a must on a picnic especially one with sour cream in it. Delicious.

Be sure, I will be sitting close by.

Recetas al instante said...

wow what a yummy and delicious chocolate bundt cake.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

This looks wonderful, and thank you for the mentioning the chocolate kahlua cake, you wouldn't believe how many requests I've had for that. Can't wait to try this picnic cake!

Janet Rudolph said...

Mary, your Kahlua cake is a knock-out!