February 2008: Lisa’s Dream Chocolate Cake

This recipe was submitted by a woman with a dream of creating cohousing, and I would like to dedicate it to all those out there working to make that happen. Here are a few maxims about creating cohousing that you can think about. How the maxims apply to making the cake appears in parentheses.

Lisa’s Dream Chocolate Cake

    You need to think big. (This recipe serves 100.)

    You have to break a few eggs to make a cake. (This one calls for 20.)

    Take it in steps. (Mix half a batch at a time.)

    It's expensive. (No need for comment.)

    Celebrate! (Once cooled, top with whipped cream and enjoy!)

Make this cake and celebrate the dream that it took to make your community. Have a party. Make a community collage of your dream of community.

Lisa’s Dream Chocolate Cake

Servings: 100

3 pounds all-purpose flour
4 pounds granulated sugar
2-1/4 tablespoons salt
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 pound unsweetened cocoa powder
6 ounces nonfat dry milk
4-1/4 cups shortening
6-2/3 cups water
20 eggs
4 tablespoons vanilla

Blend flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cocoa and dry milk together in a large mixing bowl. Add shortening and 4-2/3 cups water (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) to dry ingredients. Beat until well blended. Scrape down the bowl and beat again at a faster pace for 2 minutes. Combine eggs, remaining 2 cups of water and the vanilla. Add this slowly to the creamed mixture while continuing to beat. Once it has been incorporated, beat for another 3 minutes.

Divide the batter into two greased and floured 18x26” sheet pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees. Once cooled, top with icing or whipped cream.

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