CMT Awareness Month and Magic Chocolate Cake


Sometimes, life gives you opportunities to try to make a difference. In this case, it’s also giving me an opportunity to move outside my comfort zone. And, according to this graphic:

My new mantra!

This is where the magic happens! So, here goes…

September is CMT Awareness Month and I have CMT (that wasn’t so bad). The thing is, I’ve never wanted it to define me and there is nothing I can do about it, so I just don’t talk about it. But, therein lies the problem. If nobody talks about it, then it remains the most common disease that no one knows about. My hope is that by talking about it I can make a difference and raise awareness of this frustrating and life-changing disease. Not only will people understand when I explain that I walk funny because I have CMT, but with greater awareness comes more funding to find a cure.

Here’s what I’m doing to help raise awareness of CMT:

  • I’ve created this page to explain CMT and how it has affected me. It would mean a lot to me if you would take the time to read it and help me increase awareness of this disease.
  • I will also be sharing recipes and cooking tips with the CMT community via the National CMT Resource Center.

If you have any questions for me, or ideas to spread the word and raise funds for CMT research, please let me know! I’m ready to watch the magic happen 😉

Speaking of “magic”, check out this delicious chocolate cake that only uses one pan and is ready in just 45 minutes. I made it for Toby’s birthday last night and he loved it!

Serve with ice cream and chocolate sauce – yum!

Magic Chocolate Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: A Passionate Plate
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 9
This recipe has been around forever. It’s quick, easy and delicious. The magic is there are no eggs or dairy!
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
  • Powdered sugar and ice cream for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spray an 8×8″ baking dish with pan coating.
  3. Sift dry ingredients directly into the baking dish.
  4. Make three craters – 1 large and two small.
  5. Pour the oil into the large crater.
  6. Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the smaller craters.
  7. Stir to blend well.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Slice and enJOY!


  1. Lenka says:

    Oops, I meant shout-out 🙂

  2. Lenka says:

    Yay! I am so happy to hear the CMT shutout. And, lucky me, I get to discover awesome new recipes here! I am off to visit your CMT site.

    Your cake looks delicious! Best wishes!

  3. Jeannie says:

    You definitely raised my awareness about CMT. I had never heard of it and I’m so grateful you shared your story. I especially like your mantra and image of “where the magic happens” and in my case cooking with your recipes is definitely out of my comfort zone,but so magical. I actually, sometimes think of myself as a good cook now! That’s magic:)
    I can see how it would be hard to share, but it does not define you and sharing it just ensures that it does not secretly lurk over you or own you.

    • JoyAldrich says:

      Jeannie~ I love that you took the time to read,and learn,and comment about my CMT story! I like what you said about making sure it doesn’t secretly lurk over me, too. That’s what it’s done – it’s been a bit of a black cloud. But now,by shedding light on it,I’m feeling lighter. That mantra is just perfect for life, in general, don’t you think? What an honor that I’ve been part of your adventures in cooking 😉 Keep it up and enJOY the magic.

  4. Jeanne says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. You are a true inspiration and this disease does NOT define you! For those of us that are fortunate enough to know you, you are the most giving, non-complaining, upbeat person and I appreciate you educating me (and others) about CMT.
    Now onto food… dessert looks amazing. Will try it soon and give you feedback!

    • JoyAldrich says:

      Awww…Jeanne, thank you so much for your sweet words! I truly hope I can make a difference. EnJOY the cake – it’s fudge-y and delicious 😉

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