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An Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake for Two Old Fashioned Birthday Girls!

November 7, 2011


October is such a special month in our family, and we have several family birthdays to celebrate. My Granny Emma and I were born fifty years and two days apart. We are definitely cut from the same cloth. We love food, family, and friends. And oh yeah…chocolate! I recently celebrated my 35th birthday and Granny celebrated her 85th. We decided that a good chocolate cake would be perfect for our family celebration. The recipe I chose was a simple, delicious cake that has become my standby when chocolate is the craving!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake


Unsalted butter and flour for pans
2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup canola oil
1 cup whole milk
1 cup hot, strong coffee

First, butter and flour the round baking pans.


Just pour a little flour in each buttered pan and tilt it until it is entirely coated.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda, mixing on low speed.

Mix in the eggs, oil, and milk.
Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the hot coffee.

Mmmmm…hot coffee. And chocolate. No wonder I like this recipe!
Warning! This batter is extremely soupy! It’s normal…everything will be ok!
Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then turn the layers out onto the rack and cool completely.


Now for the fudgy frosting!
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate chips
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and cream and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes. Add the chocolate and butter and stir until melted. Pour into a bowl and stir in the vanilla.

It will be really thin while it’s hot. If you make it ahead of time, it will cool and thicken. If you are like me and rush everything, you can put it in the fridge and cool it, whipping it occasionally until it’s a spreadable consistency. Just don’t forget about it, or it will turn into chocolate concrete!



As though there wasn’t already enough chocolate, I also put chocolate chips between the layers. I really do have a problem, don’t I?





Granny and Fonzo both loved the cake! Like they would tell me otherwise! They were excited to see what they called “a good old fashioned round birthday cake.” I had never really thought about it, but store-bought rectangular cakes have become the norm. What a shame…
But not in Sugarmamma’s house!

Another great birthday with my favorite old-fashioned girl!

Happy birthday Granny! I love you more!

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