A “Culinary Massage” treat for a great Mom

Veronica Leighton — she is one dearest Mom to her “large” family and deserves all the love this wonderfully sweet Mother’s Day.

No flowers from me … I baked her a moist chocolate cake (recipe follows) and worked on her sooo-tired muscles, after weeks of preparing for the Filipino American Hall of Fame Awards.  And she loved the my brand of pampering….a full body Swedish massage.

Happy Mother’s Day my mommie dear Veronica!

Moist Chocolate Cake for Mommie Dearest Veronica

2 cups water (if there is left over brewed coffee, use it, adding enough water to equal 2 cups)
2 cups sugar
4 squares (4 oz) unsweetened chocolate
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) margarine
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.  Turn off heat.  Add chocolate squares and margarine, stirring until chocolate is melted.  Let cool slightly.   Beat eggs lightly, and temper with few spoons of warm chocolate mixture before mixing well with the chocolate.   Stir in vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease, line with wax paper and grease again a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, aerate the remaining dry ingredients using a wire whisk.  Add the chocolate mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and well-mixed.   Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until done and wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean.    Cool completely.  Spread some chocolate frosting on top .

Chocolate Frosting
(Adapted from The Goldilocks Bakeshop)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter

Combine and cook all ingredients, except vanilla and butter, in a double boiler.    Stir continuously until the consistency thickens.   Turn off heat and stir in vanilla and butter.  Transfer to a bowl to cool prior to use, stirring occasionally.


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