Monday, July 11, 2011

Its Annual Chocolate day Again July 7, 2011

by Susan Berger
Last Thursday was chocolate day. In honor of the event, Here are some more Chocolate titles and two delicious recipes.
The Chocolate Touch 
by Patrick Skene Caitling
Chocolate Fever
by Robert Kimmel Smith
Sorcery and Cecelia, or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot
by Patrica C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Missing Persons Chocolate Lover
by M.E. Rabb
Dying for Chocolate
by Diane Mott Davidson
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
by Joann Fluke 
And here are the recipes. These have been in my family file for over thirty years.

When I want to have a truly decadent cake, I use the Microwave Fudge as frosting for the Wacky Cake.

This is a link to the printable version of the recipes:

Microwave Fudge
1 box confectioner’s sugar (XXX)
1/2 cup cocoa (or 2 squares unsweetened chocolate)
½ c butter
¼ c milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
In glass bowl, combine ingredients. Cut butter into about 8 slices and dot over sugar mixture
Microwave on High 2 minutes
Stir until all the ingredients combine, then beat vigorously for one minute, or until fudge hardens.
Pour it into greased 8x8 square pan.


This next recipe came from Hershey’s Chocolate in the 1930’s. It used to be know as Depression Cake.
(This cake has no Dairy and is a family favorite Great with Microwave Fudge frosting, white mountain or cream cheese Frosting)

Preheat oven to 350
Use 9" x 13" pan
Bake for 40 minutes
  • 3 cups all purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa (Hershey's dark cocoa)
  • 2/3 cup Mazola oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 cups Water

Directions: Sift dry ingredients in bowl. Then make three (3) holes in dry ingredients. Put Oil in one hole, put Vanilla in 2nd hole, put vinegar in 3rd hole. Then pour 2 cups of water over entire mix. Stir until well mixed
 Bake for 40 minutes at 350.

(Original recipe says ungreased pan. I put foil in the pan and spray lightly with cooking oil. Because I turn it out to frost it.)

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It’s Chocolate Day July 7. 2010


  1. Chocolate! Books! What a great combination. I just discovered the chocoholic mystery series by JoAnna Carl. The one I read didn't have recipes but it had lots of chocolate trivia.

  2. Who wouldn't love books with chocolate in the title. And your recipes are making me hungry.

  3. Yum, gotta try those recipes. We already love Chocolate Fever, The Chocolate Touch, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  4. I wonder if Vanilla is jealous of Chocolate?

  5. What about Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War? A bit sinister but a great book!

  6. Mmmmmm. Everything about this post is delicious. Someday I most certainly will write an MG novel with chocolate in the title.

  7. Karolina, I blogged that on last year on Chocolate day
    Along with The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of The Apololypse.

  8. Yum! Why has this become my favorite post? Thank you for sharing, Susan!

  9. How did I miss it? Chocolate is my LIFE!! Thanks for the recipes though. That will help ease the pain...

  10. Ooooo! Even the books look delicious. Thanks, Susan.

  11. You're welcome all. Maybe I should make fudge for our critique groups meeting tonight.

  12. Delightful! Chocolate recipes and books - great combination for your blog post! Thanks for sharing.


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