Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grandma's Chocolate Cake

This is my grandma's all-time favorite cake. It's one of the first cakes I ever baked and it comes from my favorite tattered, photo-less, cookbook, Favorite Recipes For Our Friends. It's the same cookbook that my Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake and the Strawberry Cake come from. So you know it's good.

I made this for her birthday last year as I do every year she's in town. She lives 9 hours away so I don't see her as often as I'd like to. But when she's in town she says "are you going to make me my chocolate cake?". She's already claimed it her own and rightfully so because she's the only one I make it for :-)

Well her birthday is tomorrow and though I won't be seeing her on her birthday this year I will be thinking of her and wishing her a slice of cake. Grandma I love you!

Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients well except water and vanilla. Then add them and mix. Batter will be thin.

Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 or 9-inch cake pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

My mom, grandma and yours truly!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 0z. cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3- 1 oz. squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Mix cream cheese and milk together. Gradually blend in sifted powdered sugar. Add melted chocolate, stir well then add vanilla and salt.

Happy 67th Birthday Grandma!


A & W said...

Such a beautiful cake! Great job, and Happy Birthday to your Grandmother! What a lucky lady to have you to make her such a delectable looking cake!

Coleens Recipes said...

What a precious picture of the three generations and what a delicious looking cake!!! You grandma is only 67? I didn't know you were such a youngster.

Denise said...

Well, this is a cake my husband would die for. He is a huge chocolate cake fan and this will do him just fine. Bookmarked, for his birthday next week. Awesome picture of you girls.

Heidi said...

This sounds out of this world! I can't wait to try this out. I am sch a choco-holic :)

Kristen said...


cookies and cups said...

wow! that does look good! i always love a good chocolate cake recipe!

Unknown said...

have you ever turned this into cupcakes? cakes are harder to give away around here, and there is no way i wouldn't devour this in one sitting!

happy birthday to your grandma!

Smitten Sugar said...

How sweet you made her a cake anyways! And it looks great, chocolate cream cheese frosting...cant go wrong with that! Yum!

Mermaid Sews said...

Gorgeous cake, and good genes seem to run in your family, you find the fountain of youth in Texas?

Shauna said...

wow....... your grandma and your mom are so young!!! you are lucky to have such a future with them to look forward to!

vanillasugarblog said...

that was so sweet of you.
I have to ask you how do you get your cake top smoothed so perfectly? I am the worst frosting spreader, I need to take lessons so badly

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Happy birthday, Grandma! So, she's where you get your gorgeous eyes from!

Where's the cinnamon? Oh, yeah, its grandma's cake. Okay you get a pass.

Love the photo of the recipe page!

Selba said...

What a lovely picture of 3 generations :)

Happy Birthday to your Grandma, Monica!

Btw, my mom is even older than your grandma, hehehe... my mom is already 73 years old ;)

I'm going to try your chocolate cake recipe, 2 weeks ago, I tried to make a chocolate cake that I read from a baking book, guess what? my chocolate cake was sinking! LOL

Lissaloo said...

What a great looking cake, and a beautiful story :)

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday to your grandma! What a great picture! I love chocolate favorite! I am saving this recipe and will try it soon!

Valerie Gamine said...

This looks amazing! Anything with buttermilk and cream cheese Has to be good. :) Thank you for sharing your recipe and making us all want to bake a cake...right now!!

Julie said...

Wow...your grandma looks very young! Maybe her secret is that cake :)

Leslie Harris (de Limon) said...

I hope your grandmother has a very happy birthday. I love reading the stories behind family recipes. This cake looks sinfully delicious and I for one will be making it this weekend. I've made cream cheese frosting for years and never thought to add chocolate!

Donna-FFW said...

Happy Birthday, Grandma!!!!

Beautiful cake Monica..

Dontcha love those community type cookbooks?? They are my favorite!!

Amber said...

What a lovely pic! Happy Birthday to Monica's grandma! After the tres leches (which I keep looking for any excuse to make again) I will def have to try this recipe!

Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice chocolate cake, looks so moist...yummie! The picture of you, your mom and grandma is so precious.

Heather S-G said...

This cake is simply gorgeous! My favorites are just like this...simple, swirled frosting...seriously beautiful :D Happy Birthday to grandma!

Unknown said...

oh that looks so good!


Ohh, very nice blog! Beautiful cake!

Foodiewife said...

I have so missed you, Monica! How I wish I could solo the entire cake you've made here. Chocolate is my go-to when I'm stressed out, and this would help me to feel better. Instead, I will just close my eyes and visualize how yummy this is. So nice to see your family in one shot!

unconfidentialcook said...

Anything chocolate works for me....Love that chocolate cream cheese frosting! Yummo!

Maria said...

Happy Birthday to your grandma! Love the cake!

Bunny said...

This is fantastic! I love the cream cheese frosting too! Oh now you've gone and put me in a chocolate mood!

Monica H said...


Yes, I have made these into cupcakes. Email me and I'll send you a picture!

Kerstin said...

Aww, what a sweet post. Happy bday to your grandma, her chocolate cake looks perfect!

Sophie said...

Aww, what a great photo and I'm loving this classic recipe! Now I see where you got your eyes from, so pretty! My grandpa's eyes are the same color, but I got boring brown :P.

You've been baking up so much good stuff, Monica!! By the time I move back to TX, you better have a bakery girl! Seriously! :D

Maris said...

What a sweet photo, so touching! 3 beautiful generations! said...

I used this recipe for my niece's birthday cake and wrote about it. Thank you!! It turned out great and I am very appreciative!! :-)

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