Devils Food Cake (Microwave)
Makes one layer cake.
Place all ingredients except eggs in mixing bowl.
Blend at low speed, then beat at medium speed 1 minute.
Add eggs and beat 1 minute.
If cake is to be removed before icing, place a few dabs of shortening in bottom of 9 inch glass baking dish , then fit a circle of wax paper over the shortening.
If cake is to be iced in the baking dish, simply pour batter in evenly.
Microwave 1 layer at 50 percent power for 5 to 6 minutes, rotating ¼ turn every 3 minutes.
Increase power to High, microwave 2 to 5 minutes or until done.
Let stand directly on counter top 5 to 10 minutes.
If solid chocolate is used, melt in glass measuring cup at 50 percent power for 2 to 4 minutes per square.
To soften pre-melted chocolate in the packets, microwave in envelope 10 seconds on High.
VARIATIONS: Chocolate Mint Cakes: Substitute Peppermint flavoring for vanilla.
Chocolate Peanut Cake: Add 2 tablespoon (¼ cup) peanut butter and one more tablespoon milk before mixing.
Chocolate Cherry Cake: Add 2 tablespoon (¼ cup) maraschino cherry juice for milk and ¼ cup of maraschino cherries before mixing.