Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Chocolate Cake

Last night the craving for a warm, homemade chocolate cake struck me and I knew I couldn't get through the rest of the night without it so away I went in the kitchen and let me tell you...it hits the spot!  This is that homey kind of sheet cake that Grandmas always seem to have on hand.

1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups cake flour
1 cup buttermilk
2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. white vinegar

Cream butter and sugar; add eggs.  Alternately, add flour and buttermilk; chocolate and vanilla.  Mix until blended, then add soda dissolved in vinegar.  Pour into two layer pans or one sheet pan.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  Cool somewhat before icing.

1/2 stick butter
4 tbsp. buttermilk
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cocoa
pinch of salt

Combine butter and buttermilk in a saucepan, bring to a boil.  Add to sugar, cocoa, and salt that you've sifted together.  Beat, spread on cooled cake.  The recipes came from this cook book...

I couldn't find a publishing date, but can tell from the images that it's old.  Ms. Helen Jaffe of Birmingham, Alabama provided the cake recipe and Mrs. Ronny Stephens of Athens, GA supplied the icing recipe.  I hope you have a chance to kick back and indulge in this sweet retreat for it's the little things that make life grand, bonne amie~


GardenofDaisies said...

Looks scrumptious! Buttermilk makes everything taste better!

A Kitchen Witch said...

It is heavenly!

Marguerite said...

Looks sinfully good! I love that cookbook and have gotten it out of the library before. Thanks for sharing!