By Chef Diane
In the small town where I live, there was once a restaurant called the Annex Tea Room. It was a wonderful little place where you could go for lunch with the girls, have parties, or even pick up something to go. When I got married, some friends hosted a wedding shower there for me. One of their specialties was Chicken Salad. The owner of the restaurant passed away, and since that time, many different businesses have passed though that building, but the memories of that wonderful place with the delicious food and friendly people will last forever. One of the most famous recipes from her restaurant was the Chocolate Chip Cake. She was gracious enough to share the recipe with my church. We were selling chicken dinners to raise money for our Youth's summer trip, and that cake was included in the dinner. I don’t know if more dinners were sold because of the youth, or because of the cake.
Today is Chocolate Chip Day. There are many ways to celebrate. You can make chocolate chip cookies, have some chocolate chip ice cream, and even make pancakes with chocolate chips, which happen to be one of my grandson's favorite. Chocolate chips are great when you just want a taste of something chocolate. You can add them to peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies or just make regular chocolate chip cookies. You can add them to brownies or as a topping on pies. So...you have no excuse not to try some chocolate chips today. As a special treat, I am including the special Chocolate Chip Cake recipe from the Annex Tea Room, I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!
Chocolate Chip Cake
1 box Duncan Hines Yellow Butter Cake Mix
1 small box milk chocolate instant pudding
1 8 ounce carton sour cream
1/4 cup water
1 cup Wesson oil
Beat all together, at 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped pecans. Grease and flour large sheet cake pan or a 3 quart Pyrex dish. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Spread icing over cake and cut into squares
1 stick butter
2 TBSP cocoa
5 to 6 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp vanilla
Bring to a rolling boil. Add 1 box powdered sugar and beat until ready to spread.