Cocoa Cake

Mix up a homemade chocolate cake with a sugary design on top!

Cocoa Cake
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Cocoa Cake Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 6 TABLESPOONS VEGETABLE OIL
  • 1 TABLESPOON WHITE VINEGAR
  • 1 TEASPOON VANILLA
  • 1 CUP COLD WATER
  • 1/3 CUP POWDERED SUGAR
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheats, measure the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips into a mixing bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Add the oil, vinegar, and water to the dry ingredients. Stir until the wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9-inch round pan. Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into the cake comes out clean.
  4. Let the cake cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Then remove the cake from the pan by turning it upside-down on a plate. (Careful! The pan will still be hot.)
  5. Once the cake has cooled completely, it’s ready to decorate! To create a stencil, place a cookie cutter on parchment paper and trace around it. Then cut out the shape using scissors. You can use any shape you’d like.
  6. Place the stencil on the top of the cake and smooth it out. Pour 1/3 cup powdered sugar in a fine mesh strainer. Gently shake the strainer over the top of the cake, covering the cake and stencil with a thin layer of powdered sugar. Carefully peel off the stencil to reveal the design!

Excerpted from the March/April 2016 issue of American Girl® magazine, available now on newsstands.