Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe

If you are looking for the very best chocolate cake recipe, look no further than this tried and true Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe with One Bowl Chocolate Frosting!

The Very Best Chocolate Cake Recipe with One Bowl Frosting from dineanddish.net

I first realized I had a problem a couple of months ago. Leah, my new baby, was 3 months old. I was still in new baby bliss, totally loving every moment with her. One part of me felt extremely happy… life was about as good as it can get. What began creeping up on me though was something I couldn’t explain. I started to become very anxious, almost like I was over-caffeinated (and I rarely drink coffee). My heart would race and I would feel shaky. I was extremely edgy. Every little thing my other kids would do would drive me crazy. I was yelling at them more than I ever had before, about even the tiniest of things…(not getting in their carseats fast enough, leaving their shoes out on the floor, hollering my name after they went to bed). When Ella would fall and hurt herself or cry, I would turn and walk the other direction because the tone of her cry was more than I could handle…like fingernails on a chalkboard. Simple chores, like unloading the dishwasher, were too overwhelming for me. It would take me all day long to do what should have taken me 5 minutes. Finally, one day, I snapped… Kelly, my 5 year old was doing her homework, sitting in a chair right next to me. She was writing and very innocently kept knocking her elbow into me as she wrote. I felt, at that moment, like I was going to crawl out of my skin and absolutely lose it with her. It took that moment for me to realize that something was not right. I needed help.

The next morning I was having breakfast with a good friend of mine when I decided to actually verbalize what I had been going through. I hadn’t mentioned it to anyone, even my own husband, because I honestly felt like I was losing my mind and was just a horrible mom. When I expressed to my friend, who happened to have had a baby just 2 months before me, what I was going through she nodded in understanding. Come to find out, she had just been to the doctor a couple months before for the same thing and she was now being treated for post-partum depression.

Depression? But I’m happy! I’m not weepy and unable to get out of bed. I love my baby and have never had any ill feelings towards her. How could I have postpartum depression? But my friend described what she was going through and it mirrored my symptoms exactly.

As soon as I got home that morning I called my OBGYN’s office and they had me come in right away. I remember sitting in that office when I was there for my 6 week postpartum checkup and being asked “How are you feeling? Do you have any of the baby blues?” Proudly, in fact extra proud of myself because I’ve been able to answer the same way with all four kids “Nope – I am very happy and things are going great!”

What I found out the day of my appointment was that I did in fact have postpartum depression symptoms. What came to a surprise to me is, as the doctor explained, many people believe postpartum shows up within the first several weeks after having a baby. It does happen that way, but postpartum depression usually presents itself anywhere between when the baby is actually 4 months old to a year. Also, postpartum depression doesn’t always mean that you can’t stop crying and that you hate your baby. Anxiety, nervousness and overall edginess are other very common postpartum depression symptoms.

I am now being treated with Zoloft, an anti-depressant medication. As a normally pretty happy and well balanced person, I can tell you that I never thought that I would need to be on an anti-depressant medication. I can also tell you that starting Zoloft one month ago was one of the best decisions I have made in a very long time. The patient, loving mom I once was is back. I am no longer running away when one of them cries, instead running to them with open arms. Our home is peaceful once again… the screaming and yelling has totally ceased. My to-do list is getting accomplished and I am not nearly as overwhelmed by the little tasks of my day as I was.

I am not writing this post today for sympathy. I am writing it because I know that there are others out there most likely feeling the same way. I want you to know that you aren’t crazy… just because you don’t feel depressed and aren’t crying all the time does not mean that you are okay. Postpartum depression rears its ugly head in many forms. Please, if you feel even the slightest bit off kilter, talk to your doctor. Getting help can make your life manageable again. It did mine.The Very Best Chocolate Cake Recipe with One Bowl Chocolate Frosting from dineanddish.net

Now, when life is a little less serious and you just need a chocolate pick me up, try this Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe found over at Inn Cuisine. This delicious chocolate cake recipe can’t fix postpartum depression, but it certainly can help to perk up your mood!

Deep Dark Chocolate Cake with One Bowl Frosting
 
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If you are looking for the very best chocolate cake recipe, look no further than this tried and true Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe with One Bowl Chocolate Frosting!
Ingredients
For the Cake:
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
For the One Bowl Chocolate Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 & ⅔ cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
For the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13×9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the first six ingredients (sugar through salt); add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin); pour into prepared pan(s) and bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes our clean. If baking cake rounds, allow rounds to cool slightly before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. If using rectangular baking pan, allow cake to cool completely before icing.
For the frosting
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix and beat all ingredients using an electric mixer. If icing seems too thick, add a touch more heavy cream until desired consistency is reached, taking care not to over-thin the icing. I have found these amounts enough to frost the top and center layer of two, stacked, 9-inch cake rounds (but not the sides) or the top of a 13×9x2-inch rectangular cake. If you are looking to frost the sides of the stacked cake rounds as well, consider doubling these amounts.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for this post. I found it just in time. I was trying to write something about my own sad feelings today, different reasons, and was a bit scared to blog about it.
    Yes, it definitely helps to know there are other people out there that are having hard times and sharing and talking about it openly is helping others. Sometimes i wonder do some people are truly only happy or do they only blog about their happy times?
    Glad to hear you are feeling better.
    .-= Nurit – 1 family. friendly. food.´s last blog ..Steamy sweet and sour pork meatballs =-.

  2. says

    I am SO PROUD of you for being so vulnerable in your post. Although I haven’t had children yet, I have several friends who have suffered postpartum depression. I live a life of transparency, willing to share my pain and struggle in the hope it will help others. I think that’s why in each case I was the first person these friends told about their struggles, fortunately I knew the symptoms and recommended they see their doctor immediately. It’s so important to be real, and I think your post will make a difference in a lot of lives.
    .-= DianasaurDishes´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe for Two =-.

  3. Crystal says

    I want to thank you for this post, it made me realize that I am also struggling with Postpartum Depression. Since then I have been able to understand why I have been short with people and unable to handle stressful situations in the same way I did before. It really has made a difference in my life! Thanks.

  4. says

    Wow, Kristen, thanks so much for sharing information that will help countless others suffering from various types of depression. I’m so glad you found the way to overcome your challenges. I never had postpartum depression, thank God, but I’ve always suffered from mild depression. About a year and a half ago I began having anxiety/panic attacks. There were some stressful things going on then, but really not anything more than usual, so I’m not sure what triggered this. Anyway, the anxiety attacks began happening more and more often, until one week I had anxiety attacks on both Thursday and Friday when I was trying to work and I had anxiety attacks so badly on Saturday that I was unable to leave the house, although I had appointments for a haircut and color (fun stuff, you know?). Sunday I drove just down the street to do an errand and was in a total panic. I was dangerously close to becoming agoraphobic.

    Fortunately, my beloved husband stayed home from work Monday and took me to his internist and stayed with me throughout the whole visit. His fabulous doctor, now my doctor also, listened to my description of symptoms and prescribed Zoloft to me. He also prescribed something called Ativan to be used in case of an acute anxiety attack.

    Now, all these months later, I take the Zoloft daily and have the Ativan for “just in case.” When I describe my emotional state to my doctor now, i.e., feeling positive and hopeful regardless of my circumstances, he says, yes, that’s what people are supposed to feel like normally.

    I can’t recommend highly enough that if you’re suffering from depression or anxiety you should talk to your doctor about medications that can help. There’s no reason for anyone to suffer unnecessarily.
    .-= Kearby´s last blog ..Tips and Tricks and Helpful Hints =-.

  5. REbecca says

    I was doing a little 3am food porn while feeding my baby and came across this post. First off, I want some cake. Second, I didn’t realize irritability and all around crankiness was a sign of PPD. I mean, I thought the midnight cries were a little concerning but my baby is only 2 weeks old so its gotta be baby blues. I guess I should be more concerned with how I feel like screaming at my toddler 90% of the time than with if I like or dislike my baby. The babies are the easy part.

  6. says

    What an excellent post. Many new moms might not intially put 2 and 2 together. Some might not want to admit that depression is at play. Positive posts like this do wonders. Thank you for opening your heart.

  7. says

    Thank you, Kristen. Thank you for sharing this, even though I am reading it 2.5 years later. Because you know a bit about where I am right now, and you are describing so much what I feel. The innocent behaviour of my kids driving me up the wall, making me yell when I don’t want to, making me feel like I just can’t handle it anymore.
    Can post-partum be 2+ years after the kid is born? Maybe. Whatever my problem is, I know I feel better for sharing it and seeking help. I am on my way back, I think, and that’s immensely comforting.

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