I took a break today to have a quick slice of Marcus' birthday cake. Sweet mother of Gumby, how I love this cake. I found this recipe when I was searching for a good chocolate cake to make for Alex's first birthday, and it has now become tradition for me to make this cake for each of our birthdays. I posted the recipe on my old site almost 4 years ago, but the recipe is so ridiculously easy, and the cake just so damned delicious, I thought I'd repost it here for those who may have missed it the first time.

**CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE**

*1 18.25-oz package chocolate cake mix (I tend to find cake mixes with the words "triple" and "fudge" and "supermoist" on the box work best) 1 3.9-oz package instant chocolate pudding mix 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1/2 cup hot water 1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like the Ghirardelli ones)*

**1.** Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celcius). Grease and flour a bundt pan.

**2.** Combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, hot water, sour cream and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into bundt pan.

**3.** Bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then invert cake onto wire rack and let cool completely.

And then, for the glaze, I do this:

**DARK CHOCOLATE GLAZE**

4 oz semi-sweet dark chocolate (again, I like Ghirardelli's)

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp milk

1 tbsp light corn syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla

*In small, heavy saucepan or microwave oven on medium, melt broken chocolate with butter. Stir frequently until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in milk, syrup and vanilla. When glaze is cool, pour onto cake. Let glaze run down sides. Chill about 10 minutes to set glaze.*Dude,

**you are welcome**. Once you make and taste this, you will want to die from ecstasy. I am so not kidding.