Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chocolate Depression Cake with Chocolate Frosting

 I saw this recipe on Facebook.  We enjoyed the cake, it makes a small 8X8". The link to the recipe:

The only thing I would change in this recipe, I will add espresso powder, about 1/2 to 1 tsp.

Chocolate Depression Cake with Chocolate Frosting


Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 to 1 tsp. espresso powder, my addition 

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. white vinegar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water


3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. espresso powder

1 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbsp. milk or cream

Round sprinkles on top


Preheat oven 350F

Chocolate Cake

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.

Add vanilla, vinegar, oil and water to dry ingredients and stir with whisk until ingredients are fully combined.

Pour into prepared (greased or parchment lined) 8 X 8" pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. When a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool while you make frosting.


With mixer combine butter, cocoa, espresso powder, honey, vanilla, and icing sugar.

Turn mixer on low and combine for about 30 seconds.

Slowly add milk 1 tbsp at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. 

Spread over cooled cake.

I added round sprinkles on top.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks

 I found this recipe on Facebook.   Here is the link to the recipe:  It was a great recipe I will make it again.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks


12 chicken drumsticks

1/3 cup raw honey

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. whole grain Dijon mustard

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. smoked paprika

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh parsley leaves, chopped as garnish


Preheat oven to 375F.  Lightly grease or spray baking dish with oil.

Pat chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels.

Place chicken drums into prepared pan and season with salt and pepper. 

In small bowl, whisk mustards, honey, paprika and garlic and onion powder until smooth.

Pour this sauce evenly over chicken and toss gently to coat well.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through (internal temp should read 165F).

Turn on broiler and broil chicken for additional 2 to 3 minutes until they crisp up and get a glazed top.

Remove from oven serve with parsley garnish.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

 This recipe came from  cookbook: Muffin Mania.  I have used this cookbook for many years.  It is held together with twist ties now.

Chocolate Chip Muffins


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup milk

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips, of your choice, I used milk chocolate


Mix dry ingredients and add chocolate chips.

Combine egg, milk and butter and stir into flour mixture. 

Do Not Beat. Just stir until all flour is mixed in.

Using ice cream scoop, place batter in a 12 cup muffin tin.

Bake 375F for 20 minutes

Nuts and Bolts

 I think this recipe came from my step mother.  We all really like it.

Nuts and Bolts


1 box of rice chex

1 box crisp X

1 box cherrios

1 box sheddies

1 bag bugels

1/2 bag pretzels

2 cans cashews, use any nut you wish to use

1 1/2 cups butter, melted

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce


I put all the cereals in a canning pot to mix them.

Melt butter, add all seasonings.

Pour this over cereal mixture.

Mix well.

Place this mixture in a large roasting pan bake in oven at 200F for 2 hours stirring every 20 minutes.

Store in large jars or in large zip lock bags.


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