Bake It: Rose Petal Chocolate Cake

The Confession

I love chocolate. I feel that I need to eat it every day. You know, like an apple a day. Except with chocolate.

And I have to confess, in my latest attempts to eat healthier and choose more real foods, my set-back has been chocolate. I can give up french fries, chicken fingers, and hamburgers. But I just cannot live without chocolate. Recently, I have had no problem substituting a 'traditional' lunch and instead eating chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cake.

Somehow I justify it by thinking if the cookies or cake in question is made with 'real ingredients'-- well then it is okay.

Do you feel the same way? Are you willing to for-go actual nutritious food to eat chocolate? If so, get ready to drool.  I am going to share with you the ultimate chocolate treat, the "Rose Petal Chocolate Cake".

 I first tasted the "Rose Petal Chocolate Cake" last month when my stepmom brought it over for dessert one evening. I had two pieces that night and happily, she left the rest with us to enjoy. (Which I ended up eating almost all by myself over the next few days.)

The girls and I even included it as our 'signature dessert' during an afternoon tea party.

This is the official recipe, that my stepmom shared with me. I am not sure of the original source.

The Recipe
Rose Petal Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 sticks margarine
4 T cocoa
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1. In a bowl mix together sugar and flour.
2. In a saucepan put margarine, cocoa, and water.
3. Bring to a rapid boil.
4. Pour over sugar and flour, stirring well.
5. Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well.
6. Pour into greased 9x13 cake pan.
7. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until done.

Icing Ingredients:
1 stick margarine (4 oz)
4 T. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
6 T. milk
1 pound confectioners sugar (sifted)

Icing Preparation:
1. About 5 minutes before cake is done, melt in the same saucepan margarine, cocoa, and milk.
2. Bring mixture to a boil.
3. Remove from heat and add confectioners sugar and vanilla.
4. Beat well and pour over cake while is still warm.

Free Printable 
If you prefer, I have a printable version of this recipe. Just click here to download and print for free.

Hope you enjoy some small indulgences this weekend. Life is short, eat something yummy!
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