Chocolate Birthday Cake

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Preparation: 20 min

Cook Time: 30 min 

Serving: 12-14

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 

                      1 1/4 cups sugar

                      3/4 cup canola oil 

                      1 1/2 cups water 

                      2 1/4 tsp baking powder

                      1 tsp salt 

                      1 tsp vanilla 

                      2 large eggs 

                     1/4 cup cacao powder

                     3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chip         

Preparation:             

Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare one 9-inch cake pan by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.

Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine all dry ingredients using your paddle attachment. 

Add water, canola oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.

Pour the cake batter onto to the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the chocolate cake comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.

Decorate the cake with some of your favorite healthy ingredients. I used sliced fresh strawberries on top and kellogg's cracklin' oat bran cereal around the cake. 

A big happy Birthday to the person you are baking this healthy cake for and enjoy!                  

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