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Chocolate Cake

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It’s okay to look away if you need to. I know, that recipe card is tough to look at. lol It’s one of the ones, copied in my mom’s hand­writ­ing, that went off to col­lege with me in a lit­tle wood­en recipe box.

recipe card

I’m not real­ly a “stuff” per­son. I despise clut­ter and don’t even keep knick-knacks around, for the most part. So, I under­stand that it is 100% irra­tional to not copy that onto a fresh, clean card.

The prob­lem is that like cook­ing and bak­ing, this recipe card brings back some of my favorite mem­o­ries of peo­ple and places and cel­e­bra­tions. It’s splat­tered with rem­nants of anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and our kids’ favorite birth­day cakes. It’s the first cake I learned to make on my own, as a child. 

Plus, let’s be real. A recipe card that looks like this has a lot of miles on it. It’s been USED. ‘Cause this cake is GOOD.

homemade chocolate cake with fudge frosting on a white plate.  Plate is sitting on a wooden table and there is a blue and white gingham napkin on the right.

So, while I under­stand if you’re peek­ing at it through your fin­gers, with your hands over your face, my heart isn’t quite ready to let this one go, yet.

The Ingredients

If you squint and look at that recipe card, you’ll prob­a­bly notice the first ingre­di­ent is lard. We did use lard when I was grow­ing up. How­ev­er, since I’ve been on my own, I’ve only used but­ter. If you have a good source for organ­ic lard, it will def­i­nite­ly work well in this recipe, but but­ter is scrumptious.

While it’s not a 5‑ingredient recipe, it IS sim­ple and uses com­mon pantry ingre­di­ents. I nev­er buy choco­late cake mix and after eat­ing this lus­cious cake, I’m bet­ting you won’t ever, either. It’s the one and only cake I would devour, even with­out frost­ing. But, yeah…you have to try it with this awe­some Favorite Fudge Frost­ing.

How to Make Chocolate Cake 

Cream togeth­er but­ter and sug­ar.  I do this in my *stand mix­er, but the recipe can be made by hand.  I have suc­cess­ful­ly done it that way, many times.

Add the eggs and milk to the but­ter mix­ture and beat hard.  (Don’t fret if it looks a lit­tle “cur­dled” after this step.  There will be tiny flecks of but­ter through­out the mixture.)

adding eggs to chocolate cake batter

Next, add the flour, cocoa pow­der, bak­ing soda and salt. Beat to incor­po­rate all the ingre­di­ents and to cre­ate a very thick bat­ter. (Be sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl, so that every­thing is well mixed.)

adding dry ingredients to chocolate cake batter
chocolate cake batter before boiling water

Pour in the boil­ing water and vanil­la.  (This is the step that bakes in all that love­ly mois­ture and keeps the cake tender.) 

Mix just until the water has been incor­po­rat­ed into the bat­ter. It will thin the bat­ter, substantially. 

Pour the bat­ter into a greased 9x13 pan (or two greased *9x9 squares or rounds) and bake at 350°.  The 9x13 will take 35–45 min­utes depend­ing on your oven.  The small pans will take 25–30 min­utes.  The cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a tooth­pick in the cen­ter will come out clean, when the cake is done.

Cool the cakes com­plete­ly and then frost with Favorite Fudge Frost­ing.

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Homemade Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting on a white plate

Chocolate Cake


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 12 -15 pieces 1x

Description

Hands down, the best choco­late cake I’ve ever eat­en!  I’ve been mak­ing this cake for more than 50 years and it is still the fam­i­ly favorite choco­late cake.  Moist, dense and deli­cious.  Cake the way Grand­ma used to make them!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tea­spoons bak­ing soda
  • 1/2 tea­spoon salt
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla
  • 1 cup boil­ing water

 


Instructions

  1. Cream togeth­er but­ter and sug­ar.  I do this in my stand mix­er, but the recipe can be made by hand.  I have done it that way, before.
  2. Add the eggs and milk and beat hard.  (Don’t fret if it looks a lit­tle “cur­dled” after this step.  There will be tiny flecks of but­ter through­out the mixture.)
  3. Add the flour, cocoa pow­der, bak­ing soda and salt.
  4. Beat hard to incor­po­rate all the ingre­di­ents and to cre­ate a very thick bat­ter. (Be sure to scrape down the sides of your bowl and be sure every­thing is well mixed.
  5. Add the boil­ing water and vanil­la.  (This is the step that bakes in all that love­ly mois­ture and keeps the cake tender.) 
  6. Mix just until the water has been incor­po­rat­ed into the batter.
  7. Pour the bat­ter into a greased 9x13 pan (or two *9x9 squares or rounds) and bake at 350°.  The 9x13 will take 35–45 min­utes depend­ing on your oven.  The small pans will take 25–30 min­utes.  The cake will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a tooth­pick in the cen­ter will come out clean, when the cake is done.

 

Notes

This cake will raise rather round and high in the cen­ter as it bakes, but when you pull it out of the oven to cool it will set­tle to a flat-topped cake, because of the high mois­ture con­tent.  Don’t pan­ic.  That’s exact­ly as it should be.  The cake is dense and moist and the way cakes tast­ed before the advent of mix­es.  It will remind you of Sun­day din­ner at your grandma’s.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 25 — 35 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Cakes, Desserts
  • Method: Bak­ing
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Ok, go make your fam­i­ly a won­der­ful choco­late cake! You can def­i­nite­ly do it! 

And, if you’re look­ing for more fan­tas­tic dessert recipes to add to your col­lec­tion, check out this DELISH recipe for Fresh Straw­ber­ry Pound Cake from Call Me PMc or this scrump­tious Ital­ian Tiramisu from Merien­da de Pasión. And, here’s anoth­er deli­cious choco­late recipe from Shel­by, at Fit as a Mama Bear. Try her Dairy Free Gluten Free Brown­ies!

24 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake”

  1. Oh. So. Yum­my! There is noth­ing like a vin­tage fam­i­ly recipe… unless it’s a vin­tage choco­late cake recipe. Thank you for shar­ing this. 🙂

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