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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.
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.
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.
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
or just do what I do when I’m in a pinch for time. Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge frosting in the can is heavenly on this cake. And if you want a showstopping stunner for Fall, it’s both beautiful AND delicious with this luscious Favorite Fudge Frosting ! Pumpkin Whipped Cream
All Purpose Unbleached Flour
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Boiling Water How to Make Chocolate Cake
Cream together butter and sugar. I do this in my
, but the recipe can be made by hand. I have successfully done it that way, many times. * stand mixer
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.)
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.)
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 9×13 pan (or two greased
or rounds) and bake at 350°. The 9×13 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. * 9×9 squares
Cool the cakes completely and then frost with
. Favorite Fudge Frosting
Ok, go make your family a wonderful chocolate cake! You can definitely do it!
If what you’re looking for is more of a single serving chocolate fix, give this yummy
Hot Chocolate Mug Cake a try.
And if you need a non-chocolate option for a gorgeous celebration cake, check out Jolina’s
over at the Unlikely Baker. Ube Cake The Recipe
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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!
1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
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.
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 if you forgot to bring your milk and eggs to room temperature. I promise it will be okay.)
Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
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.
Add 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.
Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 pan (or two * or rounds) and bake at 350°. The 9×13 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. 9×9 squares
This cake will raise rather domed 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
26 thoughts on “Chocolate Cake”
Love this cake. I’ve made it so many times! Making it now just for fun 🙂
The very best time to make a delicious chocolate cake!!!
Oh. So. Yummy! There is nothing like a vintage family recipe… unless it’s a vintage chocolate cake recipe. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂
Thank you, Sandra! I agree. The time-tested recipes handed down in families are the best. I hope you enjoy the cake. It’s fabulous!
This chocolate cake looks delicious love chocolate any day.
I’m with you, Swathi! Chocolate is a great treat any day!
This chocolate cake turned out amazing. So good and moist! I love that you had your mom’s original recipe card for it:)
Thank you Scarlet! The recipe card is a treasure, for sure. And I’m so glad you enjoyed the cake!
Love the recipe!
Will try soon..
I hope you enjoy it, Deeba!
Glenda, thank you so much for sharing this treasure! I made this chocolate cake and everybody said this is the most decadent, luscious chocolate cake ever!
Yay! Enriqueta, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
I love when people share their most loved recipe cards! I have several of these from my mom and I know what a splattered and torn recipe card means – it means that this one is a keeper! I look forward to trying your chocolate cake recipe!
Stephanie, I hope you love it as much as we do. Have a wonderfully blessed week!
Oh yeah, you know that recipe is going to be good with a card like that!
You understand! Thanks, Allison, for taking the time to stop by. And thanks so much for all your hard work in organizing #Choctoberfest. It’s been a blast!
Haven’t tried it yet but am certainly going to ….have you thought of getting your family recipes laminated?
Allison, I hope you love the cake. And laminating the cards is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!
I have old cookbooks with taped pages and recipe cards that look near the same and I won’t re-write them either. Those recipes and what they are printed on are the only way to travel back in time 🙂 Your ultimate chocolate cake looks amazing!!
Marcelle, you’re a kindred spirit, for sure. Each and every one is it’s own treasure! Thanks for your kind words and taking the time to stop and visit today!
Oh how I love those little homemade, beat up, recipe cards – stained with love, butter, and so many memories!
Me, too, Rebekah! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and visit!
I have never heard of adding boiling water to cake, but this looks so delicious I’m going to have to try! Recipe cards like that are the best. So much love in your kitchen!
Thank you, Stephanie! Yes, I agree that the kitchen is where love is shared and memories are made. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop and visit!
Thanks for sharing your Mom’s recipe. Food memories are the best.
Absolute truth, Wendy! Some of my happiest memories were cooked up in the kitchen with people I love.