Recipe: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake


Our birthdays were a few days apart so we celebrated together…she even wore our homemade birthday hats! I adored her and she remains one of my favorite people of all time.

Grandma was a wonderful baker and I was glad to have been able to spend time with her when I was younger.  I got my love of cooking and baking from her.  While I don’t have the frosting recipe she used, I do have her cake recipe.

Grandma’s Chocolate Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Chocolate Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter and flour two 8″ x 1 1/2″ round cake pans.  Line the bottoms with wax paper.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 2 cups of water.  Bring to boil over high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves; then pour into a large bowl.  Add the chocolate and butter and let sit, stirring occasionally, until melted and slightly cooled.  Stir in vanilla.  Beat eggs into chocolate mixture at medium speed until combined.  Add dry ingredients all at once and beat at medium speed until smooth.  Divide batter evenly between the pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until top springs back when pressed lightly and toothpick comes out clean.  Cool the cakes in pans for 25 minutes then invert onto rack to cool completely.  Set one cake right side up on a plate.  Spread 1/3 of frosting evenly over cake.  Top with second layer and frost the top and sides with the remaining frosting.


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