2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 vanilla bean
2/3 cup of high quality cocoa powder
Now if you are making a mix in a jar as a gift, just put a label on it that says add
1 cup of oil
Put all the dry ingredients in to a bowl and mix them up. This includes the seeds from your vanilla bean.
If you haven't used a vanilla bean before, you can purchase them in the spice aisle of your grocery store. With a sharp knife, slice the bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds out of the bean. They are moist, so they will stick to the knife, just knock them in to the bowl
Once the mix is well blended you can either add your oil and eggs or put it in a mason jar with instructions as a gift.
Bake in a greased 9x14 pan at 350 for 30-35 minutes (or until tooth pick comes out clean)