Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake-Barbarian Version

First, round up the prisoners and have them make a good fire. Pile shields around it to hold in heat.

Assemble Ingredients

Butter the size of a good spear head

A good big fistful of brown sugar

A big fistful of white sugar

A couple of eggs

A good splash of vanilla

Secret Magic Ingredient

Milk from a chocolate cow

A small fistful of cocoa

Two or three fistfuls of flour

Pinch of salt

Two pinches soda

Hunk of chocolate, hacked to bits with second-best sword

Pick a small shield and clean it, then grease it up good. Sprinkle a little flour and save it for later.

In somebody else's helmet, beat butter and brown sugar and white sugar together-make sure helmet is clean before using! Add eggs and beat some more. Add vanilla and Secret Magic Ingredient and beat it all again.

Stir flour, cocoa, salt, and soda together in whatever is handy. Add to batter, alternating with milk. Beat real good. Stir in chocolate pieces.

Dump batter into greased shield. Bake next to fire while gathering loot. Give helmet back to sucker who let you mix cake in it; promise him first piece if he gets too mad. Eat warm while counting loot. Serves two.

Quick After-Battle Triple Chocolate Cake - Normal Folks Version

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees


1 stick butter or margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup white sugar

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons blackstrap molasses

2/3 cup chocolate milk

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 6-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips

Grease and flour a 13" x 9" pan

In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine until fluffy. Add brown sugar and white sugar and mix thoroughly. Add eggs, vanilla, and blackstrap molasses, beating well after each addition

In a separate container stir flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together. Beat into butter mixture, alternating with the chocolate milk. Beat for 1-2 minutes, and then fold in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into greased and floured 13" x 9" pan. Bake 35-45 minutes. Cake should be sort of flat and solid, not light and puffy. Let cool before cutting, or the pieces will fall apart and the gooey chocolate chips will get all over everything. Sprinkle powdered sugar or top with whipped cream. Serves a lot more than two, even if everybody really likes chocolate.

* * * * * From Patricia C. Wrede’s "Book of Enchantments" * * * * *