I’m really not a dessert guy, I know it’s hard to believe. You can get up off the ground now and stop laughing, I’m serious.

I like desserts but I don’t go crazy for them. I’ve seen lady friends of mine eat two bites of dinner and woof down a seven layer chocolate eruption that stands twenty to thirty feet in the air! Unbelievable!

With that said, friends insisted that I include lots of desserts in my cookbook. So I have no choice. I have to include lots of desserts because I really don’t want to have to face a woman who’s been denied her chocolate fix.

Thanks to Pam Rivera from Egg Harbor Township who gave this recipe to me for what she says “is by far the moistest chocolate cake” she’s ever tasted. Pam says that she believes the recipe was passed down from her mom‘s sister who had a knack for making food taste more palatable.

Thanks, Pam, for the recipe and thanks for feeding the chocolate desire of my lady friends out there.

You'll need:

2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking power
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup warm coffee (not instant)
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

How to put it together:

Combine ingredients in order listed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Bake and check after 40 minutes in the center. It's done when you can poke a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely on a wire rack. Frost with your favorite frosting or use Melissa Stephens' chocolate icing below. Enjoy

Melissa's Favorite Chocolate Icing:

6 tablespoons butter softened
1/3 cup cocoa
2 2/3 cup unsifted confectioner's sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat softened butter in a small bowl with mixer. Add cocoa and confectioner's sugar in small batches alternating with some milk until everything is incorporated. Add the vanilla at the end and mix until combined. If too thick add a little more milk until perfect.

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