...means that school starts tomorrow around here.  What that means also, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, is that the volume of PTA and room parent e-mails will escalate hugely, often with pleas for help or donations toward this or that party or bake sale.  I inherited a chocolate cake recipe from my Mom’s Mom that is NO FAIL, and does not require anything more exotic than baking cocoa and a cold cup of coffee.  Seriously.  This is something I pull out when I remember at about 9:30 (PM, naturally) that I promised to send in cup cakes the next day.  It’s my go to recipe when I need to bring something to a party – in fact I made one this morning to take to a BBQ this afternoon.  It’s simple enough that the kids can even help you make it.  It’s perfect without frosting.  One caveat – if you do frost it – it’s a very “crumby-y” cake, so if you are a frosting perfectionist this cake could drive you nuts.  If you use twice as much icing it covers all the crumbs :-)

Chocolate Cake

2 eggs
1 cup veggie oil
1 cup milk
1 cup cold coffee
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup baking cocoa
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla

Mix well, pour into pan, and bake at 300 degree for one hour.  Sprinkle with sugar to decorate.  Less baking time is required for cupcakes (1 recipe makes about 3 dozen)...if a cake tester/knife comes out clean it is fully baked. Recipe halves and doubles well.

(Here it is in Lego Mini Figure form :-))


  1. school starts here as well...yay....
    we didn't get many notes last year, but we have a new principle and committee this year so who knows what they have in the works for fund raising...

    cute cake and thank you for sharing the recipe...I've printed it, just for that same reason as you.... :)

  2. That cake looks awesome. I may have to give your recipe a try when we are settled in the new house.

  3. Love the lego cake. Where did you get the little lego guys around the sides?


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