Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mom's Chocolate Cake

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
My family
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"!


2 cups sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. cocoa
1  baking powder
2 baking soda
1 t. salt
2 eggs
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


Southerncook said...

Oh YUM, that cake looks simply DIVINE!!!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Oh yes, dessert only on Sunday after the roast beef and yorkshire pudding. Chocolate cake was often the dessert but I honestly can't remember if my mother made hers from scratch.
Your recipe looks simple enough and I always have buttermilk on hand from the scones I bake.
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Pondside said...

Cookies were always baked on Friday and a pie or cake on Saturday for Sunday dinner. Like you, we often had applesauce or jello for week-night dessert, unless there was a birthday - what a treat that was! It's funny, while we always had dessert with dinner, no one was overweight.