Welcome to the Rowe Center's cozy kitchen, where every recipe carries a story and each dish is a celebration of our shared traditions. Today, we are pleased to share our recipe for Annie’s Cake, a beloved treat from our “Cooking with Rowe Spirit Cookbook”, and one of Chef Dan Ross’s favorite recipes from his time at Rowe. This bundt cake, lovingly prepared in our from-scratch kitchen, nourishes both body and spirit, embodying the warmth and care we pour into everything we do at Rowe.

Crafting Annie’s Cake: Rich in Flavor and Tradition


¾ cup white flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup white sugar
1/3 cup sifted cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
1/3 cup canola or corn oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

10 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 ¼ cups chocolate chips

(Chocolate Sauce)
½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup chocolate chips
Yield: l ¼ cups of ganache


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You will need a large mixing bowl, a small saucepan, a small mixing bowl and a bundt pan or muffin tins. Grease the baking pan.

Chocolate Bundt Cake:

Sift flours, then measure.
Sift again into a large mixing bowl with sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
In a small bowl, beat wet ingredients with a whisk.
Add to dry ingredients.
Pour into a well-greased bundt pan or muffin tins.

Chocolate Ganache:

In a small saucepan, heat cream to almost boiling.
Turn off heat.
Add chocolate chips and whisk until smooth.
Add more chips or cream for desired consistency.
Pour onto Annie's Cake after it has cooled a bit.

This ganache is also good as frosting for other cakes as well, poured on as glaze or served as dipping sauce.

Cream Cheese Filling:

Cream sugar and cream cheese.
Add egg, and mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop into the center of the cake or cupcakes.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
Top with ganache and serve.

Annie’s Cake: A Recipe Enjoyed By Generations

Annie’s Cake holds a special place at Rowe, representing our commitment to traditions that bring us together. This recipe isn’t just a favorite among our guests; it’s a symbol of the Rowe community’s spirit, shared during meals where stories and laughter flow as freely as the coffee.

Join Us at Rowe

We invite you to visit The Rowe Center, where you can enjoy not only the tranquil beauty of our retreat but also the warmth of community and shared meals. Whether you find yourself here for reflection, connection, or simply a pause from the everyday hustle, Rowe provides a welcoming space.

Enjoying a piece of Annie’s Cake by the fireside or under a canopy of stars, you’ll feel the genuine, heartfelt hospitality that Rowe is known for. Here, every bite is a reminder of the simple joys of life and the sweet comfort of feeling at home with others who share your journey.
In our kitchen and across our campus, the spirit of welcome is always alive. Come home to Rowe, where every visit is a return to what matters most.