This is my go-to chocolate cake mix. It's very much like a boxed mix but tastes so much better!
2 cups flour (I often use any of the following in combination whole wheat/white wheat/all purpose)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. instant coffee or espresso powder
1/2 cup oil
2 cups hot water
2 tsp. vanilla
Basically mix it all together and bake! 350 degrees for 20 minutes (cupcakes), 30 minutes (layers), 35 minutes (sheet cake). Makes 24 cupcakes, 2 - 9" layers, 1 - 9"x13" sheet cake.
7-minute frosting - King Arthur Flour's recipe, but I cook the sugur/water until it caramelizes.
Candied bacon - did it really simple by taking cooked bacon, dusting with sugar and baking at 400 degrees until crisp. Watch it because it burns quick!