So I made this cake for our bake sale planning meeting this evening.  Now it’s not a bakesale, but a Fall Harvest Market, but that’s even better.  We’re planning to raise as much money as we can to feed the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry, our parish OWLs mentoring ministry, and Catholic Relief Services Food Safety programs.  So I made the cake to get things off to a good start.  We had a ton of great food (and wine!) at the meeting and were inspired to come up with some great ideas.  I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes out.

So back to the cake.  The back story is that the recipe first appeared in print in our neighborhood newspaper, which I edited when I was like ten or something.  Every issue had some great recipes from the local moms, and this was one of them.  So credit to Ann Corrigan, who doesn’t even remember this cake at all now.  So I’m stealing the recipe!  The great thing is that it begins with a boxed cake mix, which you doctor up real nice.  It comes out rich and moist, and it takes like five minutes to put together and get into the oven.  This is a great go-to cake for last-minute company or even a gift for a sick friend.  Or just because you’re craving chocolate – I hear that happens once in a while.

Often this cake has been frosted with a jar frosting, but tonight I fancy-shmancied it up a bit, and made two drizzles – way easy, and the recipe for those follows.  Here’s how it came out – presentation is everything!

Yeah, and it tastes even better than it looks.  Try it!

Recipe: Neighborhood Chocolate Cake

Summary: Rich and chocolatey – a real crowd pleaser!


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding mix, (small package)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Mix everything together except chocolate chips.
  2. Fold chocolate chips in last.
  3. Pour in a greased and floured bundt cake pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees 45-55 minutes.
  5. This cake must be mixed by hand, not with a mixer!

Quick Notes

Easily serves twelve or more.


Check out the drizzle recipe to follow. Equally easy!

Cooking time (duration): 5-10

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: dessert

My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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There’s a funny story about my cousin Dominic making this the first time, with regard to the last instruction.  But I’m not telling on him!  Instead, here’s my drizzle icing recipe:

Recipe: Easy Drizzle Icing

Summary: Just enough!


  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla (hat tip to Ina Garten!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon good cocoa (I know Ina would agree!)


  1. 1. Mix the the sugar and vanilla, and a little of the milk together in a bowl. Continue to whisk in milk, a little at a time, until you have a thick, but BARELY pourable consistency.
  2. Drizzle half the icing over the cake, and refrigerate the cake for ten minutes to let the icing set up.
  3. Meanwhile, mix the cocoa in with the rest of the icing, along with a few drops of milk, until you once again reach the correct consistency.
  4. Drizzle the chocolate icing over the vanilla icing and make it look real nice.
  5. Serve!

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You will totally be making this recipe over and over again for company.  You want to make it now, I know it.

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