The very first thing I ever remember making was a chocolate cake. I think I was about seven, and my twin sister and I did everything, with my mom directing the whole production. I can remember being nervous--not wanting to spill, to mis-measure, to under- or over-mix. It turned out great, and although mom was making sure we didn't fail at it, I still remember the sense of accomplishment--my twin and I made this, and I think that's why to this day I love to cook. What about you? Was it something simple you decided to do yourself? Did you have help? Or was it later in life, when you realized that you had to create something or starve? Can you put the recipe here? Chocolate Cake (yes I still have the original recipe) 1/2 cup cocoa (dutch cocoa is the best) 3/4 cup boiling water 1/2 cup butter 2 cups sugar 2 cups sifted cake flour (non-rising) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten --Mix cocoa in boiling water and stir till smooth. Cool. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add Cocoa mixture to creamed mixture. Sift flour, soda, and salt together. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream to first mixture, blending well between each addition. Add vanilla, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into cake pans lined with wax paper and bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Makes two layers. Fill and frost with Chocolate Frosting: 3 cups icing sugar, 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, and add a little milk while beating if consistency is too stiff.