Friends, with Spring's arrival and all the ensuing spring cleaning and garden preparations, you are going to need sustenance for the long days ahead. And so, you really must have some...
Chocolate. Marshmallow. Cake.
Need I say more?
Almost Oma's Marshmallow Cake
note: If anyone in your household needs, say, some incentive for helping you with the cleaning and weeding, I've found this cake works remarkably well as a bribe for hard labor.
1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour, organic unbleached
1/3 Cup cocoa powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup vegetable shortening (alternatively, lard or butter)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
8 ounces (or 1 small bag) mini marshmallows
For the frosting:
1 Cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
2 Cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 Cup evaporated milk
1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt together.
2. In a separate bowl, cream the sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat together until well-combined.
3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.
4. Spread the mixture onto a greased 9"x13" pan.
5. Bake at 300 degrees F for 35 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle the marshmallows evenly over the top.
7. Return cake to the oven and cook for 5 more minutes. Meanwhile, mix all the frosting ingredients together.
8. Remove cake and let cool for at least 5 minutes before applying the frosting.
9. Chill the completed cake in a cool room or the refrigerator for a couple hours before enjoying. I cut ours into squares, and keep them in the refrigerator. If they last that long, they're even better the next day, thoroughly chilled!