Friday, May 28, 2010

Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe

Triple Chocolate Cake
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday Heidi's Full Plate!
Happy Birthday to me!

One year ago I acted on my wild idea to start a blog. With the encouragement and technical support of my husband and the inspiration of my friends over at LoveFeastTable, I sat down with my laptop and began to write. Writing is actually my favorite part of blogging. I love being inspired by a recipe, searching my thoughts for it's history, and then converting my random experiences into a story. Not only am I sharing recipes for things that we really eat, but I am also recording parts of our life that we really live.
Next to the writing portion of blogging, I also enjoy the actual cooking. I cook to feed my family, I cook to relax, and I cook to have fun. Sometimes I prepare dishes with my kids, occasionally I fix food alongside my husband, and once in a while I venture on a solo cooking excursion in the cover of night.

My least favorite part of blogging, is taking pictures of the food. For me the photography portion of Heidi's Full Plate involves remembering to actually take a picture of the dish before it gets eaten, attempting to utilize any natural light available, fending off hungry family members during the photo taking process, and avoiding the trash can/dog bowl/homework pile/dirty dishes in the shot. Embracing progress and rebuking perfection has allowed me to capture a few photos of food that are surprisingly beautiful while taking lots of others that are quite mediocre. This area of blogging does give me lots of opportunities to embrace my goal of being a life-long learner.

An unexpected benefit of blogging is the connections it provides me. I love reading and commenting on other blogs, receiving comments on my blog, getting emails from cooks in other countries that have tried one of my recipes, and having strangers and acquaintances come up to me and tell me how much they enjoyed one of my posts.

The recipe that I am sharing in honor of my bloggy birthday is for Triple Chocolate Cake. It comes from my grandmother and is what my father always requests on his birthday. It starts with a cake mix so it isn't labor intensive, it is full of chocolate so it is any chocolate lovers dream, and it has been passed down for three generations so it is my favorite type of recipe.

Thank you for reading Heidi's Full Plate this past year. I am grateful for all of the over 8,000 visitors from over 100 countries that have come to my blog. This next year be on the look out for more recipes and more adventures that will continue to fill my already full plate.

Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 chocolate cake mix (without pudding in the mix, if possible)
1 package chocolate instant pudding mix (3.9 ounce)
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans by greasing and flouring or by spraying with Pam for baking. (This cake can also be bake in a bundt pan or three 8-inch round pans.)
  3. In a very large bowl, whisk together cake mix and instant pudding mix.
  4. Add water, oil, and sour cream. Mix slightly. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each.
  5. Mix all ingredients for 2 minutes or until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed in batter.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks for at least one hour.
  10. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.
  11. Serve with a tall glass of ice cold milk or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.


  1. Happy first Birthday! One year! Whoo Hoo! I totally understand about the photographing stresses with blogging. It stresses me out also. I see so many awesome blogs with beautiful photographs and I think "Hey, I can do that too!". But when I try, it doesn't come close. I really try and learn more about food photography but my skill level doesn't improve. sigh.

    But anyway, your chocolate cake looks delightful and you took a perfect photo of it! Good job and keep bloggin.

  2. Congratulations Heidi!! We are so glad to have you with us on this blogging journey!! Congrats on your one year!!! Chris Ann & Kristin

  3. that was so good i feel like i died and went to heaven and i love how you took tat photo it was fantastic