Mom didn't make a lot of sweets
We mostly bought cookies at the bakery
But on Saturday, she would bake a dessert for Sunday
The rest of the week,
dessert would be jello, fruit or applesauce
We looked forward to Sundays!
One that she made often was this chocolate cake
A simple cake
And always made as a layer cake
(although I would assume that it could be made in a 9 x 13 --
she just never did)
A layer cake was worthy of Sunday dinner
I think she got the recipe from the back of a Hershey's cocoa can
But when I looked on-line, it showed a different recipe.
Perhaps this cake was from the back of an early 50s cocoa can
(and there's a new recipe now!)
It's an easy recipe, goes together quickly but produces a company worthy cake
Which is what we had today -- company
Which is why we had Mom's cake
But it was a birthday cake
for Niece Stacy who turned 36 yesterday.
And if it is Hershey's Cake,
in my recipe book, it's called "Mom's Chocolate Cake"!
MOM'S CHOCOLATE CAKE
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa
1 baking powder
2 baking soda
1 t. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 c. oil
2 t. vanilla
1 cup hot coffee
Heat oven to 350.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in hot coffee. Pour into 2 greased and floured 8 inch round pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
1/2 c. butter
2/3 c. cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
Melt butter, stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency. Add more milk, if needed