In Love With Chocolate

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day again. This year I’m celebrating both that and Galentine’s Day, which is a day for us women to have fun together. So, I’m baking up a storm, sharing the love with Gerhardt, my other half, of course, and the neighbors and some of my girlfriends. Galentine’s Day is February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, and I will be hosting a chick flick party. Of course, you can’t party without food, so I’ll be serving Valentine Cookies as well as this fabulous “Best Ever Brownies” recipe that I have turned into a cake of sorts by baking it in a 9X11 inch pan instead of a cookie sheet, which the original recipe called for. Minny in novel The Help, baked a revenge pie that had more than chocolate in it. If you’ve never read the book or seen the movie, I’m not going to give a spoiler here. I am going to say there’s nothing terrible or awful about this cake. It’s terrible awful good! Make it for Valentine’s Day or any day, for that matter, and you will receive nothing but compliments.

Ingredients for cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 3 Tbsp Nestle’s Quick™
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for Frosting:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp Nestle’s Quick™
  • 1 1-pound box powdered sugar
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped nuts

Directions for cake:

Sift flour into a large bowl with sugar and salt. Put butter, Nestle’s Quick™, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, then pour over flour and sugar and mix. In another bowl mix eggs, soda, buttermilk and vanilla, then add to flour and Nestle’s Quick™ mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 9X11 inch pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Directions for frosting:

Put butter, Nestles Quick™, and milk in a saucepan and heat over low flame but don’t boil, until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and add to powdered sugar and mix. Add vanilla and nuts (optional). Mix well and frost your cake. 


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