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The crowning glory on a chocolate cake

The crowning glory on a chocolate cake

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mmmmmm, Doesn’t That Look Luscious??

Cake, cake, delicious cake! But especially  old fashioned chocolate cake. There are many chocoholics among us, myself included. I remember how cakes tasted before cake mix became so widely used. There was a particular “down-home” flavor that no cake mix has yet duplicated. Give me a homemade chocolate cake;  moist and delicious for dessert and I’m in heaven. I’ve provided the recipe I’ve always used for mine and I guarantee you won’t regret making it.

Chocolate is also something we often use in humor, which reflects how highly it’s thought of, such as this plaque below, available at this link from Amazon.

 


Dear lord, so far today I am doing alright. I have not whined, bitched, been grumpy, nasty or selfish I haven’t eaten any chocolate….But I am going to get out of bed in a minute and I might need a lot more help. Mountain Meadows Pottery ceramic plaques and wall art signs with sayings and quotes for friends and chocolate lovers who can be a little bitchy and a lot of fun. Made by Mountain Meadows Pottery in the USA.

The Deep Dark Flavor of Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

This old-fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe will totally satisfy a chocoholic’s taste. This is a “made-from-scratch” cake, nothing from a mix. But it isn’t hard to do, and the flavor is exquisite, just like back in Grandma’s time. Take a few minutes to go through the recipe and see if this cake is for you!

 

Old-fashioned chocolate cake, what a treat!!

Old-fashioned chocolate cake, what a treat!!

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What a treat!!

 

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all purpose flour or self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (omit if using self-rising flour)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda (omit if using self-rising flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45-50 minutes

Serves: Depends on how big you slice it, but usually 8 to 12 slices!

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round pans or one 13X9X2-inch pan.
  3. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients; add alternately with water to the butter/egg mixture, beating until blended.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. Place on a heat safe cake plate before using the Chocolate Ganache below.

NOTE: Be sure if you are using self-rising flour to leave out the baking power and baking soda.

Need frosting recipes? How about one of these?

Chocolate Ganache or Frosting

9 oz. chopped semi-sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces

1 cup of heavy cream

1 Tablespoon pure Vanilla Extract (or you can substitute Orange or Almond extract, depending on your taste buds)

Place cake on a heat proof cake plate. Put the broken chocolate into a bowl you can use for whipping. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over. Once it comes to a boil, quickly turn off heat and pour over broken chocolate. Immediately whisk until smooth, then add your choice of flavoring. Turn off heat and allow to cool slightly, then pour over the cake. This Ganache recipe may also be used as a filling or frosting by continuing to beat the mixture until it becomes thickened enough to spread on the cake.

Buttercream Frosting

This is a simple frosting but very popular among bakers.

1 cup salted butter, softened

1 Box Confectioner’s Sugar (Powdered Sugar)

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1-2 teaspoons of pure Vanilla Extract, or Orange or Almond Extract

1-2 Tablespoons of milk (do not add all at once, but a little at a time so that the frosting isn’t too liquid)

Beat the softened butter until creamy (only takes a couple minutes.) Add the sugar a little at a time and beat it in, add the cocoa and flavoring. Then add the milk a little at a time as described above. Once everything is well combined, it should be just right for frosting using a spatula and a frosting bag.

Our Favorite Flavor

When you’re making a dessert for any occasion, chocolate cake will always be a hit. No matter what frosting you put on it,  chocolate cake is loved by just about every one in the whole world as it was in ancient times.

Chocolate was originally consumed as a drink and much revered, as the ode to chocolate reveals below:

“Oh, Divine chocolate!
They grind thee kneeling,
Beat thee with hands praying,
And drink thee with eyes to heaven.”
~ Marco Antonio Orellana, 18th century

A Little Chocolate Humor

A mark of the world-wide love of chocolate is the humorous sayings about it such as these:

  • Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your to-do list today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done!
  • The three best pleasures in life are sneezing, scratching and eating chocolate.
  • Money talks, but chocolate sings!
  • Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays.
  • Simply put, everyone has a price. Mine is chocolate!

And then there’s this:

Mom: Son, there were two chocolate cakes in the pantry yesterday and now there’s only one. Why?

Son: I don’t know Mom, unless it was so dark in there I didn’t see the other one!

And there’s this from humorist Dave Barry:

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.

 

Need more recipes for chocolate or chocolate cakes? Try any or all of these from Amazon.