• cake
  • 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper or ground mexican chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. cold water
  • 1/4 C. canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • glaze
  • 1 C. confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 C. cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp. water
  • 10 small, fresh strawberries


Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray.

Combine all the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Pour into the pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.

When the cake has cooled, whisk together the first three glaze ingredients. Dip each strawberry into the glaze and set aside. Pour the remaining glaze over the cake and arrange the strawberries on top. Set aside to dry, about 30 minutes.

8 Servings

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Submitted 7/3/05.
Submitted By: Bobi Randazoni

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