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Happy Birthday to Me…...How I Justified Baking a Cake Before My Diet Started

Posted Jan 05 2010 10:54am
Chocolate Birthday Cake Chocolate craving…..I couldn’t believe it. I’ve eaten so many sweets over the Christmas Holiday I can’t possibly be having a chocolate cravingespecially on New Year’s Eve. After allmy diet is starting AGAIN on January 1st. This is not good. My chocolate craving wasn’t just any chocolate. It was chocolate cake with white frosting.

I have this awesome chocolate cake recipe from years ago. I think I got it from a friend of a friendof a friendyou get the ideait’s an old recipe. I can just whip this cake up it’s so easy. But waitI can’t eat a whole cakewellmake I couldbut I didn’t want to eat a whole cake. I just wanted a couple of pieces of cake. How could I justify baking a cake when it was just my husband and I at home and the diet was starting the next day? Hmmm!

Hello! I never got a birthday cake this year. You see my birthday falls after Christmas and with all the other desserts aroundI told my husband and kids that I didn’t need them to make me a birthday cake this year. WellI’ve changed my mind. After allit’s not my fault my birthday falls so close to the New Year.

Justifying it to my husband wasn’t all that hard. He knows I’m entitled to a birthday cake (he gets a birthday cake every year) and I only start diets on a Monday. I had all weekend to get through my birthday cake because New Year’s Day fell on a Friday this year. Yahoo…..Happy Birthday to Me!

Hersey's Chocolate Cake I actually didn’t eat an entire two layer cake. The recipe makes two 8-inch cakes. What I did is frost one and freeze the other. I figuredI could save some calories by only sharing a one layer of cake with my husband and I’d have the other in the freezer (in case another chocolate cake craving comes over me).

Ro’s Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 1 stick buttersoftened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Butter and flour 2 8-inch cake pans
  3. Cream together in a large mixing bowl buttersugar and eggs
  4. Sift in cocoaflourbaking sodabaking powder and salt
  5. Add in hot water and blend together until batter is smooth
  6. Pour into cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  7. When cakes have cooledremove from pans and then frost with your favorite topping

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