Saturday night and Sunday, I spent with my grand children--a welcome break. I am almost finished with putting together the Advent calendars I make for them. I collect stickers, trinkets, coins, activity books, treats, ornaments and such so they have 24 little surprises while counting down the days til Christmas. My kids had the kind of Advent calendar that showed a picture for each day, but I started this little gift tradition and now it IS a tradition. It is fun to be a grandma!
I have to deliver my pumpkin pie and a cake for the Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by a Bulrington, VT restaurant. This cake is eggless, dairyless (if you don't plop whipped cream on top), and quite low in fat. It is also incredibly easy to put together. The recipe was given to me by a friend about seven or eight years ago and I have made it often since then.
Chocolate Ginger Cake
Sift into a large bowl:
2 cups flourWhisk in a small bowl:
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple juiceAdd the wet ingredients to the dry and stir til all is moistened. Spoon batter into 8" pan and smooth top with a knife. (Batter is thick, but pourable.)
1 teaspoon apple cider
3 Tablespoons of canola oil
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.