Saturday, October 10, 2009

Results May Vary!

Really Chocolate Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of Hersey's Cocoa
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of boiling water

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9-inch round baking pans. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water. Pour into pans. Bake 30-35 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean and top springs back to the touch. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks, until completely cooled.

Also included at end of recipe. *Results may vary.

What! I want mine to look just like that picture and taste just as good. What's up with that?

They mean of course, altitudes, oven temps and one which I also figured out, the kind of milk you use. All these things must be adjusted to produce the desired product. But everything you need to make this cake is here. (It also said to: "Enjoy in moderation as part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle." That part I'm just ignoring.)

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." 2 Peter 1:3

Through God I have all the ingredients for a wonderful life. When the "heat of the Spirit" warms my soul, the results may vary. If I sit and delay before acting on His word, my actions or attitudes may become dry and brittle. The taste is there, but not as effective. Or if I act ahead of time my results may be gooey and all over the place. Same taste, but not ready for serving. Only when the ingredients of His knowledge and proper time come together, do I produce a actions/cake ready to eat and serve.

May I be attentive to the working of the Spirit in my life.

Oh, if you want the recipe for the icing let me know.

Recipe and picture from Hershey's Holiday Favorites, naturally.


Clella said...

Hey Karen, Great thoughts and the recipe...This is what I wanted to do with a book called spice of life. Remember that idea. Somebody should work on it...I haven't HA Love this post.

Hilary said...

Oh I just felt my hips grow an inch...

Kathryn Magendie said...

oh, that looks good - must have some NOW *laughing*

We are at 3400 feet and even though they say adjust at 3500 feet, some things I do adjust!

And, yes, I've found that low fat milk doesn't do as well with recipes as milk with fat!

So dee-lish looking! Yum!

Karen said...

Clella, no that spice book is still YOURS to do! Yes, this is a good recipe.

Hilary, mine DO every time I make this one. :0

Kathryn, this one makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Yes, the first time I used low fat milk. Makes it dry, I think because of the higher water content. Hey, thanks for dropping by!

Parsley said...

So nice to meet you! Thanks for entering my chocolate giveaway.

I see from this post you DO love chocolate! LOL

You asked about my dogs. I have 6.
My profile pic is our labradoodle. We also have a Golden Ret, Border Collie mix, and 3 Chihuahuas.

I love dogs more than chocolate!

Jeanette Levellie said...

What a great analogy, Karen! God works His will to get His results, and the final product is always sweeter than I could have made it!

Johnnie said...

I love how you "cook up" spiritual insights no matter what you're doing! And those insights are such a blessing.

Love you*

Julie Gillies said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

That cake looks FABULOUS, Karen. The least you can do is pass out a free piece to all of us! Hee hee.

Love how you tied this in to a devo. May we always be "perfectly baked" in the Lord. :)

Karen said...

Parsley, I love the grinning labradoodle! I have an English Golden Ret. (He's mostly white.) Yep, dogs do beat out chocolate. Thanks for stopping by.

Jeanette, you're so right. His works always turn out great. Saaay, I wonder what chocolate tastes like in heaven?

Johnnie, thanks for the sweet words and continuing the "word play."

Julie, hey, come on down, or up rather, and I bake you one!:)

Amy De Trempe said...

Great post. I was doing good in not wanting dessert tonight and then I saw the cake.

Diane said...

I like that results may vary thought to my life. It's always amazing to me how siblings that grow up in the same surroundings can be affected and turn out so differently. :O)

Karen said...

Amy, sorrrry!...snicker...oops chocolate.

Diane, yep, my brothers are very different from me. Thank goodness.