Do you have a soldier in your family? Would you just like to do something nice for those wonderful people who serve in our armed forces? Whether yours is a soldier, an airman, or an ensign, this post may help. A Christmas cake would be at least two things:
- Encouragement for serving our country
- A tasty reminder of our appreciation
Since my bride is a wonderful cook she definitely knows how to bake a cake. But the issue with cake for a soldier is making it with shipping in mind. In this case, all recipes are probably not equal! The one below is time-tested and should arrive ready for eating and celebration! More suggestions at the end.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Easy Chocolate Cake For A Soldier
Or other loved ones who live far away!
A Stick Of Butter
16 oz. Hershey Chocolate Syrup
1 Cup Flour
One Cup Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Vanilla
Disposable aluminum pan for shipping
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and chocolate syrup and vanilla. Blend in flour and baking powder. Pour into a well greased 8″ pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 min. or until toothpick shows done. Cool cake completely.
Bake in a heavy 8″ pan (not in the disposable aluminum pan) and put on top of a cookie sheet in case it spills over. After it is cool, run knife around edges of cake to loosen and dump whole cake on top of a large sheet of saran wrap. Wrap well and place in the aluminum cake pan and wrap well again. You may want to use some bubble wrap, too.
We suggest you ship this in the UPS flat rate box (11 x 8½ x 5½) for a set price of $7.70 regardless of weight. Be sure to include standard customs forms, and you should be able to add a few goodies for no extra postage charge.
First, this ‘soldier cake’ recipe has been an oft visited page on ROW’s website. The shipping cost may be a little out of date. And you might just want to use it for someone who lives a long way from you, military or not.
As one of the pics suggests, this could also be made as cupcakes. Those are easy to share and easy to pack for ‘mobile’ eating.
You won’t need any help sending additional items to a military person you know. But don’t forget the opportunity we all have to extend kindness to those we don’t know. If that is something you’d like to explore, the following links should prove helpful:
Heroes Waiting for Adoption
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Brooke Army Hospital