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Plain Chocolate Cake Recipe

Sometimes, you’ll spend all day dreaming of the most beautiful, rich, decadent chocolate cake. You can’t wait to get to the grocery store to pick out the most amazing decorations, fillings, cherries for the top and everything else you can imagine. You get home, you spend hours making this wonderful cake and you enjoy eating it thoroughly. Sometimes, however, you just want to get down to business with something easy. Time is short and you can’t be bothered with any of the little extras. You just want an easy, fast and plain chocolate cake recipe and you want it now. I know what it’s like, so I’m going to share a plain chocolate cake recipe with you that I find to be one of the easiest and tastiest as well. Guaranteed to satisfy your cravings, whether it’s three in the afternoon or three in the morning.

Here’s a list of the necessary ingredients:

  •  2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 3/4 cup of oil
  • 2 cups of cold water

Here are the preparation instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees giving you time to get all of your ingredients together.

2. Mix the sugar, flour, salt, cocoa and baking powder. It’s not always easy to tell how well they’re blending so use the cocoa as your guide. Once the cocoa is evenly distributed it’s safe so assume that the rest of the dry ingredients are as well.

3. Add all of the wet ingredients to your mixing bowl. Mix in the vanilla, the vinegar, the oil and the cold water. Now use a mixer (Hand or electric) to combine everything together until it’s properly blended.

4. Pour this mixture into a medium sized baking pan.

5. Bake for 40 minutes in your oven at 350 degrees.

6. Prepare yourself to enjoy an absolutely delicious chocolate cake.

Now, it’s 40 minutes later and you just made a classic chocolate cake recipe. The great part about this recipe is that it uses very common items that you’ll find in most kitchens. Why are you still reading this? You have your cake – now it’s business time, get to work!

Yves Casson+

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Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe

Growing up, the month of march meant two things in my home; my father’s birthday and a small carrot cake. It was just enough for two hearty pieces because my mother never cared much for carrot cake, and I have no memory of her ever having any. Fast forward to last year when Mom reached into the oven to pull out a large baking pan and proceeded to cut three pieces.

We looked on, surprised, until she told us she had found a delicious, healthy carrot cake recipe to try. Thanks to this healthy carrot cake recipe I’m going to share with you, she has been converted.

It may have something to do with the delicious berries that you don’t often see in a carrot cake recipe, or perhaps the almonds or the delicious blend of spices. Whatever it is, this carrot cake recipe is an absolute winner. Not to mention it’s a lot better for you than traditional carrot cake recipes. Does healthy mean you reap the benefits of a smarter recipe, or does it mean you can just have much bigger pieces and not feel bad about it? That’s entirely up to you, but I dare you to not go back for seconds.

Here’s what you will need.

  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups dates (chopped finely)
  • 1/3 cup orange juice concentrate (thaw first)
  • 1 cup carrots (shredded)
  • 1 cup almonds (slivered)
  • ½ cup blueberries (dried)
  • ½ cup cranberries (dried)


  1. The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 350°F (180° C).
  2. Next, oil your baking pan and boil the water in a pan.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add your orange juice concentrate and stir in the dates.
  4. Remove from heat and bring the water, juice and date mixture to room temperature.
  5. Whisk together the flour, bakina soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
  6. Mix together the wet ingrediants with the dry ingrediants, and then add all the remaining ingrediants. (Carrots, almonds, blueberries and cranberries)
  7. Pour your batter into your baking pan and bake for approximitely 50 minutes.
  8. .. And the most important step, naturally, is to enjoy this delicious carrot cake recipe with your friends!
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