I have found that an absolute essential in my home is my bread machine.I use it for everything, from breads to doughs to cakes, especially since we started making everything from scratch.
Now, I don’t mind breaking out my Kitchen Aid mixer to whip up a cake, but there are just some days when I want to just have an easy dessert and I have found a fabulously easy cake to make in my bread machine.
It’s the recipe that came with my bread machine YEARS & YEARS ago. I had made the recipe many moons ago and using tons of different variations and I am going to share with you one of our favorites….
Simply Simple Chocolate Cake
* The key is to add the ingredients in the exact order that I list them.1 1/4 c. milk (2% or whole)
1 stick of butter, melted
2 large eggsAdd all of these ingredients into the bread pan, making sure that the melted butter, if hot, does not touch the raw eggs as it could scramble them.1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBS baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c. cocoa powder
(the cocoa powder is an additional ingredient that I have added. At this time, you could also add a 2 TBS of raisins and omit the cocoa, or an additional 2 TBS chocolate chips. I have made it with blueberries, dried cranberries, changed up the vanilla for banana extract and put bits of banana…the possibilities are ENDLESS)1 c. white sugar
2 c. all purpose flourPlace the pan into the bread machine & set it on Batter Bread.
Press start & close the lid.The machine does all the work for you. It mixes the batter and then bakes it too.
In 1 hour and 40 minutes you will be smelling yummy cake…..Remove the pan from the machine and place on a cooling rack for apx. 10 minutes.
Then, turn upside down and the cake should “pop” right out.Allow the cake to cool completely, or serve warm.
The kids like it served with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or powdered sugar.
*(it can be cooked in a greased loaf pan in the oven too, on 350 for 20 minutes. Then , if it isn’t cooked through, just add additional 5 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)