Dark Chocolate Cake

Okay, look. 
I promised almost a week ago that the chocolate cake recipe to go with this frosting would be up the next day.

Can I just say, I messed with adjusted my ADHD and anxiety medications and I’ve been alternating between lazy and stressed and irritable all week long? I needed to up my ADHD meds (because apparently your body can “adjust” to those type of things and before you know it, you are wading through laundry piles to get into bed at night), and wouldn’t you know it, my ADHD meds increase my anxiety?
So typical of my life.

One upside of this is that even though it’s 12:45 in the morning, I’m still awake bringing you a chocolate cake recipe, not just because there is major highway construction going on directly behind my back fence, but because my ADHD medication tends to cause insomnia.

But hey:
at least the laundry is done.
Sort of.

Okay, the chocolate cupcakes I promised. Have we talked about my chocolate cake failures before? No? Oh, good. Let’s not. Really. 

This bothers me, the fact that I was completely unable to bake a decent batch of chocolate cupcakes from scratch. I mean, seriously. I’m a baker! It’s one of the few hobbies in my life I’ve never lost interest in.

{Because seriously, there’s chocolate involved. Why would I lose interest?}

I’ve lost track of how many “test” cupcakes I’ve made since last year when I posted  this telling Facebook post:
tried a new devils food cake recipe but I’m not a fan. Anyone want to save me from eating a couple dozen muffin-esque cupcakes? I hate to toss them!
August 2, 2010 at 5:33pm via BlackBerry

It’s been a personal challenge. I was looking for cupcake recipes, and came across one at Bake at 350, which is, strangely, a fabulous cookie blog. (Check her out, seriously.) She had adapted her recipe from a Martha Stewart recipe, and I made a half batch about four times, adapting as I went, and seriously testing my mathematical fraction skills. Finally I nailed down a recipe I love–moist, super-dark, tender, and sweet.

Oh, small bonus: totally easy.

Dark Chocolate Cake
adapted from Bake at 350

1 c. Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa (I’m not a brand name snob, but this is a must.)
1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. chocolate pudding mix
1 1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c. warm water
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 T. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the wet ingredients until well incorporated. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, one half at a time, mixing well. Do not overmix.
Scoop into cupcake liners.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, until cake is springy and cake tester (toothpick) comes out crumb free.
Makes about 24-28 cupcakes.

If you want chocolately heaven, frost it with this bad boy.

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One Response to Dark Chocolate Cake

  1. Simon Reon says:

    Academic difficulties are also frequent. The symptoms are especially difficult to define because it is hard to draw a line at where normal levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity end and clinically significant levels requiring intervention begin. To be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must be observed in two different settings for six months or more and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age.

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