Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cocoa Ripple Ring - Hurricane Food

The outer bands of Isaac are blowing outside- mostly wind and lots of rain. Not a very good time to be outdoors. Since I'm stuck inside, I've already cooked up the chicken, ravoili, and crabmeat in my freeze.  
The worst part any storm is the possibility of a blackout which can last for days. Better safe than sorry.  If everything is fine, I've got delicious food for the week. What kind of food do you eat when you're stuck inside waiting for a snowstorm or hurricane to pass?

After cleaning out the frig I moved on to the kitchen closets where I found an abundance of hot cocoa packets. I remembered an old Better Homes and Gardens bundt cake recipe that used powdered cocoa. I don't bake from scratch, it's too precise. I prefer to bake semi-homemade and used a box of yellow cake mix.
Here's the recipe. 
Cocoa Ripple Ring

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
4 eggs
3 cups flour 
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 cups milk
1/3 cup cocoa, or more, 
(mix with a tbs of sugar if you like)
Cream the sugar and butter. Add the eggs 
and beat well. Sift together the flour, baking 
powder and salt. Add flour mixture and milk,
mixing alternately, until smooth. Layer batter
in thirds, alternating with cocoa mixture, into 
a well greased 12 cup bundt pan. Bake at 350 
35-45 minutes, till toothpick comes out clean. 
Cool for 5 minutes in pan then turn out onto a plate,

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