Sunday, August 8, 2010

Chocolate Cake

The other night I was in the mood for chocolate, but did not have any cake mix on hand. However, I had flour, eggs, milk, cocoa, butter, and powdered sugar--so I was able to make this dee-licious chocolate cake, completely from scratch!

The cake recipe came from my favorite website, The Hillbilly Housewife. Her recipes are inexpensive to make and usually use what is already in your cabinets. I have made many of her recipes and there has not been one that I have not fallen in love with.

Hope you enjoy!
(recipes reprinted with permission)
Chocolate Cake
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon each vanilla and salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
Get out a big bowl. Put the softened margarine (you can soften it in the microwave if you like)and the sugar into a large mixing bowl. Using electric beaters, cream them together until they are light and fluffy. Then add the eggs. Beat the eggs in, all at once. Continue beating the mixture until it is satiny smooth and emulsified. Next add the salt, vanilla, baking soda and cocoa. Beat again, until the cocoa is well mixed into the batter, making it chocolaty and fragrant. Then put the flour and the buttermilk or sour milk into the bowl. If you only have fresh milk, you can sour it with a little vinegar. Probably a tablespoon would be enough. Do it like this, put a tablespoon of vinegar into a two cup measure. Add enough milk to reach the two cup line. Allow the milk to set for a few moments, until you see it curdle. Now the milk is ready to use.

Anyway, beat the flour and milk into the batter with your electric beaters. Beat it really good, for about two full minutes, getting out all of the lumps. Turn the batter into a well oiled 9 by 13-inch rectangular pan, or two 9-inch round pans, or three 8-inch round pans. Bake the cake at 350F for 50 minutes in the large pan, and 35 to 40 minutes in the smaller pans. When the edges pull away from the sides of the pan, and the center springs back when you touch it gently, it is done. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a long time. When the cake is all the way cool, you can frost it. This recipe makes a very large cake. The batter just barely fits in my 9″ cake pans, so if aren’t sure if your pans will hold it or not, then place them on a cookie sheet the first time you bake this recipe. That way, if any spills over, it will be easier to clean off of the cookie sheet than the bottom of the oven. Good cake for birthdays and fancy layer cake creations.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Good dash salt
Soften or melt the margarine first. I usually melt it in the microwave, because that is easiest for me. Add the cocoa, vanilla, and 4 tablespoons milk. Using electric beaters or a whisk, beat these ingredients together until they are good and smooth. Add the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, and continue beating the frosting. After you have added all four cups of powdered sugar, you may need a little more milk to give the frosting spreading consistency. If you think you need more milk, add it a teaspoon at a time. If too much milk is added, you will end up with runny frosting. Fix this by adding more unsweetened cocoa, or more powdered sugar, or both. If desired you may replace the milk with strong coffee and end up with a very tasty grown up mocha flavor. I don’t give this to the kids because they are wired up on the chocolate and sugar already, they don’t need caffeine on top of it. This recipe is supposed to make enough for a layer cake. Depending on one’s skill in frosting layer cakes, this may or may not be true. If you have a child who wants a chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting for their birthday, this is the one to choose.


PACountryMouse said...

I LOVE HILLBILLY HOUSEWIFE! Can't wait to try this recipe too!

Michelle said...

This cake looks delicious! Thanks :)

KBraden said...

THis cake looks yummy can't wait to try it myself and I am following you back! Thanks for the follow!