Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake: The Picnic Game

I'm going to a picnic, and I have the letter "D". I was going to bring a Devil's Food Cake, but I decided instead to bring my easier to make and easier to eat at a picnic "Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake.  No icing!

I'm not sure how many years I've been playing the Picnic Game organized by that fabulous blogger Louise at Months of Edible Celebrations! Each letter of the alphabet is 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.  I'll be posting all the recipes from the different blogs on June 30, so you can have your own Virtual Picnic... or real! 

So because I'm always Dying for Chocolate, I'm bringing "Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake." This recipe is easy to make, and  Dying for Chocolate Chocolate Cake is perfect for a picnic. You can dress it up or dress it down. It packs easily and holds up well in the weather. I could use a cake tin to transport this cake, but I could also carefully wrap it up in this cute "Chocolate" tea towel. Depending on where your picnic or barbecue may be, you can serve the "D" Cake with whipped cream and berries or with ice cream.


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1-1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp Instant Coffee Granules (or ground espresso)
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (save two ounces of chocolate chunks)
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup sweet butter, softened
1 tsp Madagascar vanilla
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 10-inch Bundt pan.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in small bowl. Bring water and coffee granules to a boil in small saucepan; remove from heat. Add 6 ounces chocolate; stir until smooth.
Beat sugar, butter and vanilla extract in mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs; beat on high for 5 minutes. Beat in flour mixture alternately with chocolate mixture.
Fold in remaining 2 ounces chocolate chunks.
Pour into prepared Bundt pan.
Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until long wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes.
Invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

Have fun at the virtual picnic!

Here are the letters up to D!

A-Aloo Gobi (Mae is out of the country but sent the permalink which will go up on the 28th)

C-Crispy Curry Fried Chicken


Gloria Baker said...

This chocolate cake look really amazing and delicious!!

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Janet!!!

Can you believe we've been "playing" the Picnic Game for so many years.

I'm delighted you're bring Chocolate Cake which I happen to be just dying for! Better with no icing too, no bees or ant, lol...

Just wait til you see all the goodies we have for our basket. Bring a HUGE appetite!

Thank you so much for playing again, Janet. We really do have a GREAT time at our picnic!

P.S. I just checked and you have been playing the Picnic Game since 2009 when you "brought" Chocolate Cherry Pie!

~~louise~~ said...

P.S. Mae's link is UP!

Sokehah cheah said...

This is a rich choco cake and looks yum!

ivy sew said...

This is so tempting! Do reserve a slice for me at the picnic :)

ivy sew said...

Oh, I am sure everyone is queuing up for a slice of your chocolate cake. I am one of them but with especially big empty plate..

Johanna GGG said...

oh I am glad there is chocolate cake on our picnic - Wise to have a cake that is not frosted for transporting - it always ends in mess - I once even had the chocolate buttons on my cake melting in the car on the way to a picnic (it wouldn't have been so bad if something hadn't falled off the windscreen onto the cake - don't ask!

I Wilkerson said...

Such a pretty cake--this will look lovely on the picnic table! I can't wait!

~ Nee ~ said...

I want chocolate ... can't wait to nibble .

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Janet,
Your chocolate cake looks great! I love simple cakes without any frosting, and I would definitely stop by your corner for a slice!

SissySees said...

Oh yum! That's right up my alley. I'm not a fan of frostings anyway...

My Little Space said...

Oh dear, this is absolutely a killer! I got to bring a few home with me as well. do you mind?
Enjoy & have fun at the picnic party.
Cheers, Kristy