Mystic Chocolate Cake

God’s grace is rich, extravagant and luscious. What better metaphor for God’s grace than chocolate! Lucia Ferrara, host of Cooking & Spirituality and director of hospitality at the Renewal Center, is offering a chocolate-themed study series for women in the month of September.

The aim is to learn more about God’s abundant grace while building relationships with other women. To kick off the series, here’s a recipe to try:

Mystic Chocolate Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Divide batter among three 8-inch round cake pans. Bake at 375 degrees, check at 25 minutes by sticking a tooth pick in the center. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Might need to cook an additional 5-10 minutes.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 7-8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks)
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese
  • ¼ cup milk, add as much as needed

Make sure the cake is cooled thoroughly before frosting the cake.

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Mystic Chocolate for Body and Soul is a five-week study series for women that aims to help you develop relationships with other women as you grow in your relationship with God.

It’s not too late to register for this unique event.  Sign up here for Mystic Chocolate for Body and Soul.

Each week, we will learn about a different aspect of God’s grace and how it applies to our lives. We will explore how surprising God’s grace is, how rich and extravagant it is dished out, how grace can transform us, how grace affects the way we live day to day, how we can overflow with grace to those around us, and how we ought to be celebrating God’s grace every day!

And we’ll give you little doses of chocolate activities to deepen and enrich your learning in a way you can really understand. The last week of the series, we’ll prepare and share a meal together. Women at any place in their faith journeys can feel right at home with this series.

[Lucia Ferrara, the Director of Hospitality at Precious Blood Renewal Center. Share your thoughts with Lucia or ask her questions using the form below or by sending an email to]

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