Alice’s Restaurant

October 29, 2006

Let Them Eat Cake

Filed under: Suzy Homemaker — aliceaudrey @ 1:58 am

Cat was wondering if anyone had a good, moist chocolate cake recipe.  So I asked my mother.  She says the recipe on the back of the Hershey’s Cocoa can is her favorite.

She went on to say that where it comes to cake you have do a balancing act between ingredients that tenderize and those that provide structure.  If you add more of something that tenderizes then you have to also increase whatever gives structure.

The tenderizers are oil, shortening, and sugar
The structure providers are eggs and flour

So if you use more oil and/or sugar then you also have to use more egg and/or flour or it’ll fall apart.  Too much Four or egg for the sugar or oil and it gets tough.  If you increase the water or milk instead of the oil or sugar to make it moist, the center will fall.  She says shortening makes the cake finer, but the oil gives more of a feeling of moisture even as it makes the cake heavier.

Apple sauce can be used in place of some of the oil/shortening but don’t try to replace it all our you end up with “an inferior product.”

And that’s bound to be more than you really wanted to know about cake.



  1. I find it fascinating! And I think I do have a box of Hershey’s Cocoa at home. 😀 Thank you, Alice.

    Comment by Cat — October 29, 2006 @ 5:39 am

  2. Oh, I can’t believe I didn’t thank Alice’s mom. Thank you, Alice’s Mom! 🙂 I’ll blog about it when I try it.

    Comment by Cat — October 29, 2006 @ 5:49 am

  3. That’s not the best available recipe.

    This is. 😉

    Comment by miladyinsanity — October 29, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

  4. If Milady offers a recipe, take her seriously Cat. She is deeply into cooking. Maybe even more than my mother, who admits her tastes may not match yours.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 29, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  5. Hi Alice,
    Thanks for leaving the one comment on my blog–that I started because I had to in order to leave a comment on Eve’s blog! Aint life grand?

    Comment by amy — October 30, 2006 @ 2:56 am

  6. You gotta go back and check your blog for my follow up comment. *grin*


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 30, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

  7. Ooh, I read through the pages of that link, and it sounds (and looks) wonderful! Thank you, Milady. I’ll definitely try it out. Can’t wait! Some time this week, hopefully. 😀

    Comment by Cat — October 31, 2006 @ 4:11 am

  8. See. Told yah.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 31, 2006 @ 6:16 am

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