Holiday Guest Post, Celebration Cake, & Excerpt from THE ART OF FALLING by Jenny Kaczorowski!
Dec20

Holiday Guest Post, Celebration Cake, & Excerpt from THE ART OF FALLING by Jenny Kaczorowski!

Hi Brenda! Happy holidays and thanks for having me! Today I wanted to share one of my all time favorite recipes. I love this cake so much that I even included it in my debut novel, THE ART OF FALLING. It’s super easy, always comes out perfect, can be scaled up or down, and because there’s no raw eggs, kids (and adults) can eat the batter without worrying about food poisoning. Always a plus for this busy momma!  Chocolate Celebration Cake 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2 tsp. vinegar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups cold water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9” round pans or 24 muffin tins. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine oil, vinegar and vanilla in a small bowl. Add oil mixture and water to dry ingredients and mix by hand until well blended, about one minute. Immediately pour batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly. Bake until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes for round pans or 20 minutes for muffin tins. Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from pans and frosting. Tips: For some extra holiday flavor, try mint or orange extract instead of vanilla. Decorate with chocolate shavings, sprinkles or candy. I used Skittles in honor of Ben from THE ART OF FALLING. For a (slightly) lighter treat, serve with berries and cream instead of frosting. For an extra holiday treat, here is an excerpt from THE ART OF FALLING, where Bria ends up baking this very recipe with Ben’s mom, Adele – right after she has a particularly unsettling encounter with Ben. Enjoy! ~ “Good morning,” Adele said with a bright smile. She wore a ruffled apron sprinkled with cherries tied around her slender waist. “I didn’t wake you, did I?” “No, I’ve been up for a while.” “That’s right. You’re an early riser like Ben.” The comparison cut her, bringing the previous night back full force. “I tried to sleep in.” Adele laughed and continued gathering mixing bowls, measuring cups and baking supplies. “If you’re up, would you like to help?” “What are you making?” “Chocolate cake. I thought I’d whip something together for Ben’s birthday while he’s out running.” “Right. That’s Monday.” She had tried to forget. “Yep. I’ll be on set all day, but I try to have something special for the kids. It’s actually a vegan cake. So moist and easy.” “What can I do?” Adele handed her an apron. “Measure out the dry ingredients?” “Sure.” Bria picked...

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