Lynn Seibel has lived in the Beaver Dam area since 1993 and got involved with CARE (Community Awareness and Recovery Environment) about five years ago. CARE is a nonprofit group working to help those affected by and struggling with addiction. CARE was one of the agencies that benefited from the 2019 Children’s Radiothon. I asked CARE volunteers for their favorite recipes and Lynn sent in this one.

Lynn’s mom loved peanut butter frosting and perfected the recipe. Lynn has developed a delicious chocolate cake to go with this wonderful frosting and this a recipe I’m definitely going to try.

Lynn’s Deep Chocolate Cake

1 ¾ c. flour

¾ c. cocoa

Use your stand mixer or a large bowl; place a metal sieve over the bowl and push flour and cocoa through the sieve to remove any lumps in the cocoa.:

Remove sieve and add:

2 c. sugar

1 ½ tsp. baking soda

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Use a whisk or your stand mixer attachment to combine the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine:

2 eggs, well beaten

1 c. half and half

½ c. canola or vegetable oil

2 tsp. vanilla

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix on MEDIUM until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add:

1 c. very hot coffee (you can also substitute with boiling water)

You will not taste the coffee, but it will deepen the flavor of the chocolate. NOTE: your batter will be very thin.

Pour batter into a well-greased and floured 9×13” pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

(This is a moist delicious cake that tastes even better the next day, so make the cake the day before you want to serve, if you can).

Loretta” s Peanut Butter Frosting:

Cream ¼ c. softened butter and ¾ c. creamy peanut butter, using a whisk attachment and your stand mixer. Measure 4 c. powdered sugar; sift and add all at once to creamed butters. Mix very slowly, adding a tablespoon of half and half at a time until frosting is of desired consistency, usually 4-6 tablespoons. If your frosting gets a little too thick; add just a bit more half and half, if it gets a bit too thin-add a little bit more powdered sugar. NOTE: any leftover frosting tastes great on graham cracker squares!