Bake me a cake as fast as you can

One-pan cake is a quick fix for cake craving

One-pan cake is a quick fix for cake craving


Laura Kefauver turns to grandma's one-pan chocolate cake recipe when she needs cake in a hurry.

To make the pan cake, you dump all the ingredients in the cake pan and mix. Bake it for 30 to 40 minutes. Top with your favorite frosting - Kefauver likes butter cream - and serve.

No fuss, no messy clean-up afterward.

"It's an easy recipe for kids to make," said Kefauver, who teaches preschool at Hagerstown Children's School. "It teaches them basic math skills."

However, she doesn't recommend this for her preschoolers.

"It's a little messy for my preschoolers. I have five boys and one girl," she said. "Things can get a little wild."


Kefauver and her husband, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, moved to Hagerstown from the Baltimore region nearly five years ago.

Kefauver said she grew up in the 4-H Club and had farm animals.

"My sheep lived there with me," Kefauver said.

As an only child, Kefauver was the designated kitchen helper by default. She remembers making cakes with her mother and a recipe she called "surprise muffin."

"It was a muffin with jelly in the center," Kefauver said.

She said her grandma's one-pan cake recipe was one her grandmother made when Kefauver was a child. She found the recipe on an old recipe card at her parents' house.

Talking with Laura Kefauver

Kefauver talks a little more about her love for cooking:

Q: So what is your favorite thing to cook?
A: Cakes and cookies are my favorite. Usually chocolate chip, because those are my husband's favorite. Really any kind of cake. I really don't have a favorite.

Q: So, which is the better cookie: chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin?
A: Oatmeal. I'd have to pick oatmeal, but without raisins.

Q: What's wrong with raisins?
A: Nothing. I think I ate too many of them growing up.

Q: So what are some other things you like to cook?
A: Simple dishes. Pasta dishes, chicken casseroles. Grilling; we do steaks in marinades. We grill lamb.

Butter cream frosting

1 1-pound pack of 10x confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, on low speed, mix the sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until creamy. If desired, add more milk to thicken the frosting.

- Courtesy of Laura Kefauver

One-pan chocolate cake

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canola oil
2 cups water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda together in a 9-inch-by-13-inch cake pan. Form three wells in the dry ingredients. Pour vinegar into one hole, vanilla extract into another and oil into the third. Pour the water over the whole thing, and mix with a spoon.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serves 8.

- Courtesy of Laura Kefauver

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