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Chocolate Cake- My First But How Can That Be?

Updated on March 23, 2014

How can that be? Oh it be and I have no excuse!!

A couple of days ago I watched the movie Julie and Julia, and I thought that it was for the most part a pretty good movie. Meryl Streep was stupendous in this movie, she is great with accents and in this one she is brilliant. Amy Adams plays Julie and she is in modern times who starts a blog about Julia Child’s recipe book and starts out to do a challenge of a recipe a day until all the recipe’s in Julia Child’s book is done, a huge challenge that she is determined to do no matter what.

I never watched Julia Child's or never read any of her cookbooks but the biographical parts to the movie in regards to Julia Child's was very interesting such as, when she got married she didn’t know how to boil an egg, and since at the time she was living in Paris because of her husband’s job, she found herself falling in love with French cuisine, which I am sure isn’t hard to do. The movie pretty much goes from modern times Julie with the challenges of her blog and goes back to Julia’s experiences in cooking school and trying to write a book about French cuisine made for American Women and is trying to get it published. The movie is really more interesting than I am sure I am making it out to be, I know I cannot give justice to it. But the part that inspired me was when at a part in the movie Julie the blogger has a stressful job and she states that no matter what happens at work she can always come home and just mixing chocolate and sugar, and eggs will make everything okay, or something to that effect. This got me thinking that I have never made a cake from scratch. I have always counted on the cake mixes from the supermarkets; I’m such a terrible person and mom, never having made a cake myself.

So I was inspired to make a Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and you know what? It was great. Turned out delicious, I may add. So I am going to share it with you in case you get the urge to make one yourself. It was rather easier than I imagined it would be. Of course the recipe is not my own but I can share it with you anyway. So don’t be too impressed with me but you can be impressed with the recipe because it was easy, and very good. So here is the recipe if you are so inclined to make one yourself. I do know that I will never buy another cake mix again. Turns out everything you need to make a cake is in your cupboard, who’d a thought? And it takes as much energy to make a cake from scratch as one from a cake mix but the taste is so much more delectable.

The Recipe


2 cups sugar

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour


1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil (I only use EEVO and it worked out fine)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. (Cake may be left in rectangular pan, if desired.)

Homemade Frosting

I really didn't know there was such a thing

 6 TBLS butter or margarine, softened
 2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
 1/3 cup milk
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

© 2010 ladyjane1

Let Me Know How Your Cake Turns Out

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    ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

    Im glad that this hub was helpful to you and I hope the cake turns out great!!! Cheers.

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    rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

    My friend Josie was at my house today, and she said she needed a chocolate cake recipe before her trip to Mexico, because her brother wanted chocolate cake. So I stumbled across this. Thanks! Oh, I enjoyed the Julie & Julia too.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Oh yes billy there was definitely more to come since this hub. I am a slave to chocolate. Thanks for reading. Cheers.

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    billyaustindillon 7 years ago

    Lady Jane that does sound wonderful - nothing like home made chocolate cakes, this may be your first but I have feeling there will be many more.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    MFB definitely try it as it came out delicious and live and learn here I have lived for ahum 46 years and never made a cake from scratch until now oh and watch the movie you will like it. Cheers.

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    MFB III 7 years ago from United States

    Now I can have my cake and eat it too. I will have to try this out and then with choco-holic fingers write you a thank you that will most likely obscure in brown many of the letters I will need to tap to express my


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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    De Greek you are most welcome and I hope it turns out well for you. Here I am 46 years old and this was my first cake, but it turned out okay and I think that Julia's inspired me to venture out into more daring recipes. Well I will see how it goes, baby steps right? lol. Thanks for reading.

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    De Greek 7 years ago from UK

    I am in the process of learning how to cook for the first time and I cannot tell you how much I apprecaite this. MANY THANKS! :-)

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Ann hope it wasn't meryl streep cuz she made the movie for me. Anyway, thanks for reading the cake was yummy.

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    Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

    I don't know...maybe it's one of the actors in this film that throws me off but I was never inclined to watch it...However your cake looks great! I looooove chocolate! great hub, ladyjane!!!!

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Yea turned out pretty tasty. lol

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    liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

    looks good for your first!

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    drbj thanks for reading I wish I had a cook lol.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    uliveulearn thanks for reading and Im glad it inspired you to have choc cake as well. I love chocalate. Thanks for visiting.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    breakfastpop thanks for reading my hub glad you liked it and Im glad you liked the movie too. Im sorry about your mother I bet her chocolate cake was amazing. Thanks for visiting.

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    Lovely recipe - I'll give it to the cook. Heh, heh.

    That graphic of the chocolate cake is so luscious looking I swear I can smell chocolate just by looking at it. Nice hub.

    If you feel adventurous take a look at the cake made with beer in my new Tribute to Beer hub. I'm giving that one to the cook, too.

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    uliveulearn 7 years ago from Canada

    This hub made me smile in memory of the movie which I loved. Anyone who likes to cook should watch it. I was also very surprised and intrigued at Julia Child's life.

    My mouth is suddenly watering for homemade chocolate cake. I should take down my mom's old mixing bowl that I keep on on top of my cupboard on display in memory of her. Sadly I don't use it as often at she did but I remember her baking vividly. Enjoyed the hub, thanks.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I love this hub, I love the movie and I love chocolate cake. My mother, who made eating out a specialty, baked one of the most amazing chocolate cakes from scratch. I don't know the recipe and sadly, my Mom passed away a long time ago so the secret is safe with her. Thanks for bringing back a great memory. I swear I can taste the cake. I am going to try your recipe and I thank you.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    msorensson thank you for reading my hub and thanks for your comments I hope you enjoy making the cake I am sure it will be fabulous. The sad part is I'm alot older than 24 shh don't tell anyone. lol

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    msorensson 7 years ago

    I love the way you presented it. Especially the last one "I did not know there was such a thing"

    It resonates with what I was just telling a colleague of mine earlier. That I learned how to do the domestic things at 24..

    Thank you. I will try your recipe.

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    ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Hmrjmr1 I appreciate your feedback. Yes Julia Childs' life was a big surprise to me she seemed like a very interesting lady and so positive all the time. If you havent seen the movie, watch it and let me know what you think. Thanks again for visiting.

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    Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

    A great Hub, something else you may not know is that Julia Childs was in the OSS (forerunner to CIA) in WWII and was an agent in France during the German Occupation. She is a special lady. The cake sounds yummers as well! Great Hub!