Chocolate Cake like Grandma used to make.

I really like chocolate cake and over the years I have made my share. I have one recipe that is frequently requested for parties. No one ever asks me for the recipe, they just ask me to bring it. Probably because it takes three days to make…. However, I’ve never found that perfect, chocolate cake that took me back to the kind of cake Grandma would make when I was growing up.

Until I found a recipe that was created during WWII. I made it once & it was close. After a couple of adjustments and it was perfect. One of the things I found fascinating was that because this cake was invented during WWII when eggs were precious it uses no eggs at all and relies entirely on the reaction between baking soda & vinegar for it’s rise. And boy does it rise! I made a sheet cake out of it in a pan that was just an inch smaller than recommended and it rose right out of the pan! I’ve made a couple of variations on the icing, depending what type of cake you are baking I found that different icings worked better.

This is fast becoming my most requested chocolate cake, which is fine by me. With two, almost three little ones to take care of I don’t have time to spend three days making a cake!

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Chocolate Cake

3 cups AP flour

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 cups hot coffee (or water)

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. almond extract

 

Preheat oven to 350

spray 2 8-inch round cake pans; a 9×13 rectangle or a cupcake pan (makes 24) with nonstick spray.

Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Combine your liquid ingredients in a 4 cup glass measuring cup and slowly whisk into the dry ingredients.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

8-inch pan = 35-40 minutes

9×13 pan = 35-40 minutes

cupcakes = 20-25 minutes

Allow to cool completely before frosting.

 

Frosting Variations.

Best for sheet cake:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cups cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tsp vanilla.

melt butter in saucepan.

stir in sugar, cocoa & salt

combine cream, sour cream & vanilla until smooth & gradually mix into cocoa whisking until smooth. Cook until the sugar is dissolved but do not allow to boil. Cool completely before icing cake.

 

Best for cupcakes:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cups cocoa powder

1 cup chopped chocolate

Pinch of salt

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup sour cream

2 tsp vanilla

melt butter in saucepan. Add chocolate & allow to melt.

stir in sugar & salt

combine cream, sour cream & vanilla until smooth & gradually mix into chocolate whisking until smooth. Cook until the sugar is dissolved but do not allow to boil. Cool completely before icing cake.

 

Best for icing layer cakes:

1 stick unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/4 cup chopped chocolate

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups sour cream

2 tsp vanilla

melt butter in saucepan.

stir in sugar, salt and chocolate & allow to melt

combine, sour cream & vanilla until smooth & gradually mix into chocolate whisking until smooth. Cook until the sugar is dissolved but do not allow to boil. Cool completely before icing cake.

 

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I hope you enjoy this cake as much as he did.

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Oh, yeah. Good stuff, got anymore?

 

 

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