Saturday, 14 September 2013

Chocolate Chip Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake

from Betty Crocker`s Cookbook circa 1984
a gift from Eric to his mother
Ruth came to Grandma and Grandpa`s house by herself and what she wanted to do was make chocolate chip cookies.  We talked about making Great Great Aunt Marjorie`s cookie and no Ruth wanted to try a different recipe.  So I took out a cook book that her father Eric gave to me when he was four years old.  For a long time this was only cookbook that I could use when cooking with Eric.

The first picture that caught Ruth`s attention was a Cat cake and she asked if we could make a Cat Cake.  The answer was yes.  Building Assets At age 5 Ruth is learning that she has choice and to support her making good choices sometimes we need to say yes to her.  If we always say no she will quickly assume that we will not let her have personal choice.   Instead she will learn to sneak around behind our backs to get what she wants - Don`t want that!

Next we had to pick a cake and this is when we read of the Chocolate Chip Cake.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups milk (we used Almond Milk)
3 eggs
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla








Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease and line your pan with parchment paper

         As we are making a cat cake we used two circle pans. 
 Chop the chocolate Chips into fine pieces

 Pour all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
 We had measured out all of the ingredients into smaller bowls 
and the recipe allowed Ruth to then just dump 
the ingredients into the bowl in whatever order she wanted.
 I was surprised how much fun she had with this independence, 
considering which ingredient to add when, talking to them
 "not your turn yet milk, Ok eggs here you go".
 Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl on low speed,
 scraping constantly. 
 Pour into pans.
 Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a 
toothpick comes out clean.  
Cool and frost.  
Our cake will be a pink Cat.





The cake was very good and the next time I make it will use banana instead of the lard.

Grandma Snyder

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