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THE BEST Chocolate Cake + NIA Dance Class with Tots!

July 19, 2013

Lots to cover!

First up: the dance class.  Yesterday, we attended a NIA Mom and Tot dance class at a local yoga studio.  As I said on Facebook, I was hoping that our instructor would tell us, “Forget the steps! Just dance the shit out of it!!!!”


Alas, she did not.  But we had a really great time anyway.  Winking smile 

The class was super fun, and actually worked well for lots of ages…kids and adults alike.  We pretended to be animals, we played with scarves and ribbons, we shrunk down small and blew up BIG…it was an all around good time (as long as you were willing to look a *little* foolish).  Smile


A good time really was had by all.  Smile 

Shifting gears to…cake!

A few of you asked for the recipe for the birthday chocolate sheet cake.  Or, as the recipe card calls it, “Chocolate Sheath Cake”:


As I said in my previous post, this cake really was the cake we had at EVERY birthday celebration when we were growing up.  Some years, we’d get the urge to have something different— German chocolate cake, red velvet—but those cakes just NEVER were as good as this one.



Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Sheet Cake:


2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 stick butter

4 tbsp. cocoa

1 cup water

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla


Sift together the sugar, flour, soda, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In a saucepan, place the water, butter, oil and cocoa.  Bring to a boil and pour over dry ingredients, mixing well.  Set aside.

Mix together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla.  Add to chocolate batter.  Pour batter into greased and floured 8×12 cake pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until cake is set in the middle.  Start icing about 4 minutes before cake is done.


1 stick butter

4 tbsp. cocoa

6 tbsp. milk

1 box powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Bring butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil in a saucepan, being careful not to scorch.  Add over other ingredients and spread on cake.


Have a great day!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2013 3:38 pm

    I love parent/kid classes! Kay and I are taking parent tot gymnastics. That cake…still drooling!

  2. July 21, 2013 4:28 pm

    yay!!! thanks for sharing 🙂

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