Monday, March 15, 2010
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rainy Day Cake
It's been raining since Thursday. Today is Monday. There's a small pool in the basement. We are lucky. We have power and our house has no damage. A nasty storm came through Southwestern Connecticut and Southeastern New York. Hurricane-force winds uprooted trees and dumpsters and tossed them upside down... some landing on houses others landing on cars. Electrical wires are strewn across town like crepe paper streamers. Roads are blocked by electrical poles and trees. Or flooded. We were spared and we are lucky. But we have some restless natives. Christopher had a friend over. Alexander wouldn't leave them alone. I came up with a million and one activities to do with him. He wanted nothing to do with them. Then I mentioned baking and he wanted to use the hand mixer. So we decided to make a chocolate chip cake. Of course it had to be out of a box because for some reason Alexander thinks cooking out of a box is so much fun. So to please him and because I am the Queen of Lazy Cuisine (ooh, can I Trademark that?!!) I brought out the box of yellow cake mix. And some eggs and some milk and of course the chocolate chips. Alexander wanted to add something else and so naturally I thought of peanut butter!
This is a low cal treat! (Bwahahahahaha!)
1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup of oil
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup of milk plus 1 tbs vinegar
1 cup of peanut butter
1 bag of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
If you don't have any buttermilk you will want to make some by adding 1 tbs of white vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Let stand 5 minutes
In a large bowl add cake mix, oil, eggs, buttermilk and mix well. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips. Mix well.
Pour batter into a Bundt or tube pan and bake for 1 hour.
Let cool about 20 minutes.
Despite the milk, eggs and peanut butter this cake is light and airy!