Shaw Hill Valentine Velvet Chocolate Cake

Combine 1 1/2teaspoons Baking Soda with 1/3 cup cold water and set aside.

Cream: 1 cup sugar

½ cup butter

Blend in: 1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together: ½ cup cocoa

1/3 cup cold water and add to above mixture.

Add 2 ½ cups sifted flour alternately with

1 cup cold water.

Beat 3 egg whites until stiff and add

¾ cup sugar to them before stirring them into the cake mixture.

Add the combined baking soda and water to the cake mixture. Stir all until gently mixed.

Pour into 2 greased 9” cake pans or a greased 9 x 13” pan. Bake 350o for 30 minutes.

Cocoa Frosting Chocolate Icing

Combine and beat: Melt 2 squares chocolate with

¼ cup butter 1 stick butter

3 ½ cup confectioner’s sugar Add 1 box confectioner’s sugar

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup cocoa Cool.

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup milk

Spread either frosting or icing evenly over cooled cake. Top with sliced strawberries.

Shaw Hill Valentine Velvet Chocolate Cake got its name from being first made with the Parkers in their new cabin up on Shaw Hill in Moscow,Vt. It was Valentine’s Day 1998. After enjoying a beautiful pink sky with the sunrise outlining Mt. Mansfiled, we were planning the food for the weekend and looking for that extra special dessert to enjoy together. Laurie and I made a trip in to nearby Stowe and were tempted by an elegant heart shaped cake at the Health Food Store. Thinking the kids really wanted to cook, we combed the bookstore for just the right recipe. We found this and adapted it to the available ingredients. Everyone loved the light, fluffy texture of this delicious chocolate cake.