Cake/ Chocolate/ Dessert

Run Like the Wind or a Quick Chocolate Cake

This satisfying moist chocolate cake is made in less than 20 minutes and only takes 25 minutes to bake. Topped with a rich chocolate ganache this cake will fit any occasion!
Chocolate Cake

Race Day is now behind us and surely the next race is yet to come. It appears recovering from tendonitis needs to happen before she can think about San Francisco. My daughter, the runner. Who ever would have thought? Not me. But competitive she is. Not only did she surpass the goal of raising $2500 per runner, she had her PBR or personal best record as those in the know call it. Good thing she told me because that just makes me think Pabst Blue Ribbon and I couldn’t figure out what beer had to do with running.


She began the race in the dark. See the Capitol in the back? Purple was Team in Training’s color.

15,000 women half marathoners raced around D. C.. 2500 of them ran for Team in Training. They raised $6 million dollars for the cause of helping cure leukemia. I am again, so proud of her. And I thank all of you for listening to me through this journey. She received so many contributions. Some big, some small. But all counted. All mattered.All were so important. And to all of you I say thank you. Maybe her journey will inspire others. Maybe her contribution will help find a cure. I hope so. But more important to me is what it did for her.


Zoe and the goodie bag!

She had no clue how she was going to do this. At first I thought she bit off more than she could chew. (Well, this is a food blog.) But she plugged away at raising money and increasing her time and finished in the top 10%. In her age group, just the top 15%. Just. And that stupid tendon bit her around the 8th mile. She said her coaches were great. They lined the racecourse and jumped in to run if encouragement was needed. She pushed through the pain but dropped from about an 08:10 mile through the first 10 miles to an 08:50 mile because of the pain. She said she even walked some of it. But she didn’t care. Quitting isn’t her style. She finished with the respectable time of 1:56.


Before she knew it the race was over. After all that adrenalin I think she felt a bit of a let down. Now she has to figure out what’s next.  In the meantime though, she will be able to gaze down at the Tiffany necklace with a dog tag that includes the date of the race, hanging around her neck. (I’m told this is one reason why Nike races are so popular. Apparently everyone wants the little blue bag at the finish of the race!).


The jersey and the necklace.
I really wanted you to notice the nails.

She also bought a cute jersey and these shoes.


After the race wearing THE SHOES!

Many people have stopped her on the street and asked where they can get them but unless you had a race entry you couldn’t purchase them and even then you could only buy one pair. Somewhere, they have a date, too. She had fun. She got to run and shop. She even could have had her hair done by Paul Mitchell but that line was long. It made her feel part of something and I am happy. I didn’t take the pictures. I think an Iphone did. Mine wouldn’t have been much better but hopefully you will get the idea.


chocolate cake

I decided to bake this chocolate cake in her honor. Actually it was a double duty cake. Since my daughter wasn’t here to eat it as she lives in Philly, I really made it for a friend having a 60th birthday. That’s a big one, just like running a half marathon, if you ask me. I chose this cake not only because it was chocolate but because you can make it without a mixer. It is easy and quick. It has a great soft crumb interior with a rich, decadent chocolate ganache frosting on top. The recipe claims it is an Alice Medrich cake but since I can’t confirm this I will just assume it is. ( I cut this from somewhere and didn’t save the source.)


It is perfect for small gatherings if you don’t want many leftovers. My husband was a bit disappointed by that thought because when it comes to cake, he likes leftovers. You could double this and split it into two cake pans but if I’m making a real celebratory cake I usually bake my triple layer fudge cake. This weekend her boyfriend is running a marathon. My daughter tells me she plans to do that at least once in her lifetime. That’s celebration worthy. But I’ll stick with this cake and bake the triple when she runs the marathon! After all only 1% of the population has ever completed a marathon and she thinks it would be cool to be in the 1%. Anyway, go bake this cake. And celebrate!


Quick Chocolate Cake (Serves about 6-8)
Time to Prep: About 20 minutes 
Time to bake: 25 Minutes
1 c all purpose flour
1/4 c plus 2T cocoa (Not Dutch processed)
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t table salt
1 1/4 c light brown sugar
1/2 c warm melted butter (In microwave put in glass measuring cup or bowl and heat on power level 7 for about 1 minute to melt)
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c hot water or coffee
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9″ cake pan or line with parchment.

Combine flour, cocoa, soda, and salt in small bowl. Mix well with fork to evenly distribute ingredients.

In larger bowl combine melted butter and sugar. Blend well with wooden spoon and add eggs and vanilla. Stir well again. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Now stir in hot water or coffee and beat well one more time. Using a spatula spread the somewhat thick batter into your cake pan.

Bake for about 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Cake should be just starting to pull away from sides of pan. Let cool on wire rack. Then turn out onto serving plate. Frost.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
6 oz bitter or semisweet chocolate chopped fine
3/4 c heavy cream
A drop of vanilla

Pour cream into glass measuring cup and heat in microwave until just boiling. This took me about 1 minute 10 seconds. (I let me cream come to room temperature while I was preparing the cake.) Add chocolate and whisk well until chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cake and spread well. This is the fun part!

Other fun things to try:
St. Germain Lemon Aid
Brown Sugar Spice Cake
Cupcakes for a Cure
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Martha Mervis’s Coffee Cake
Hot Fudge Cake
Passover Mocha Nut Cake
Sugar Cake

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Great job, Zoe!


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  • Karen Rodwill Solomon
    February 11, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Wow! Good for her! I love this recipe and my kids love cake! I know they will want to try this soon.

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    May 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Kudos for finishing the race and running for a cause! And a stunning cake to top it off. Congrats you proud mother.

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks so much Tricia. PBR-now we won't forget, right? It was a very good, very chocolatey, cake!

  • Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Really great job — wooohoo for Zoe! Wonderful photos of a great event. I wish I could run and PBR would make me think of Pabst Blue Ribbon too. And the cake – oh that cake – chocolate and chocolate – two of my favorite flavors!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 3, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    John, that's the beauty of this cake. Really 6 good sized slices and it is gone. And the ganache makes it a showstopper!

    Thanks Paula. Maybe she'll make it for the boyfriend this weekend. It is so quick to make. And it is definitely a cake and not a brownie. I am proud!

  • ChgoJohn
    May 3, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Yay for your daughter! Congrats! This cake, Abbe, is one I might actually make. It's easy enough and, most importantly, small enough. I can serve it after dinner to friends and there will not be a massive hulk of cake left over for me to eat. 🙂 Thanks, Abbe.

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you Mr. TC. I believe you had a hand in it, too.

  • technology capitalists
    May 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    What a beautiful daughter you have! 🙂

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    It's a good cake for spur of the moment and not! Yeah, she had the wear the Tiffany color! Truthfully, that's very typical of her!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Angie. She's a keeper!

  • Laura Dembowski
    May 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This cake looks incredible! It sounds like your daughter did great at the race! Love the turquoise nail polish!

  • Angie Schneider
    May 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Congrats to your daughter! The chocolate cake with ganacha looks super!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I'll pass it on Biz. She loved the bling. I don't know much about pacing but it sounded great to me. Biz, baby, your health is more important than my cake!

  • Biz
    May 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Congrats to Zoe!! Wow, even her "slow" pace is amazing! What a cool event and to get bling like that too is icing on the cake. And talking about cake, um, yours looks insulin worthy!!

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    This is perfect than Medeja! And chocolate is good for you, too!

  • Medeja
    May 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I love such quick and easy cakes 🙂 And since my husband doesn't like leftovers ( I actually do.. :)) it would really perfect for us

  • Abbe Odenwalder
    May 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Well, Mr. KR. She is a fan of yours and she will be happy to see your comment. I am not kidding. And leftovers are always a bonus in our house!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    May 2, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Congrats to your daughter! Very cool stuff. And this cake looks terrific. I'd be happy with one piece – leftovers would be an unexpected bonus!