We're off to go camping at the coast for a few days. And possibly visit the aquarium, if I can stomach the admission fee. We went to the zoo last week and I about keeled over at the ticket booth when I realized how much it was going to cost.
Moving on! I may be wrong, but I believe there is a rule that all personal blog writers must at some point post a recipe. Or maybe it's just an inevitability, like responding to the lure of a lazy meme. In any case, here is the recipe for Camping Cake.
Camping Cake is a family tradition from my childhood. We ate it almost every time we went camping and only when we went camping, so it maintained a certain mystique. There is almost nothing natural or healthy about it, which is part of its chocolaty awesomeness. It throws together quickly when you're trying to pack. It's dense and unfrosted, so you don't need a fork or plate to eat it. And it comes in handy as a bribe/privilege to remove at the campground, not that you would ever resort to such tactics with your lovely children. Ahem.
Camping Cake (aka Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake)
1 package instant chocolate pudding (buy the 6 serving size, but only dump in 3/4 of it)
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 package chocolate chips
1 3/4 cup milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix by hand until well blended--about 2 minutes. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 50-55 min. or until cake springs back when lightly pressed. (Don't overbake--it starts to taste burned pretty easily.) Cool 25 min. in the pan; remove from pan and continue cooling. Dust with powdered sugar.
So good it's worth turning on the oven in the middle of summer.