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Grandmama's Chocolate Cake

  My sweet grandmama was 106 years old in August of 2014.  Her chocolate cake is our family favorite for birthdays! It is very moist and fudgy, topped with a fudge icing that soaks down into the four layers making it a very rich chocolate cake.

 When she was a young girl, my grandmama had to work in the field along with her brothers and sisters. They lived in East Texas where the summers can be hot and humid, so picking cotton, hoeing weeds, and all those other jobs, were miserable work. She learned early on that if she offered to bake everyone a cake, they would take up the slack very eagerly. This is the recipe she used. She has had a LONG time to perfect it. I remember watching her make it when I was a very little girl. She never used a recipe. My sister was able to get the recipe down by measuring everything before it went into the batter!

Grandmama's Chocolate Cake

Prepare four 8" cake pans by greasing, cutting parchment or waxed paper circles to put on the bottoms of the pans, grease bottom again. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cups boiling water 
Mix the cocoa and water and set aside to cool.
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add:
2 eggs
Mix well, then add cooled cocoa/water mixture.  
Sift together:
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Add alternately to first mixture with 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Pour into the four pans. 
Bake about 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Don't over bake! 
Halfway through baking, start the icing. It will be used on the hot layers.
In a deep iron skillet (or a heavy saucepan), mix: NOTE: We almost always double this!)

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
Cook, stirring constantly, until a full rolling boil. Boil just a couple of minutes, then remove from heat and spoon on hot layers. 
Spooning the fudge on the cake is the hardest part. Place one layer on the cake plate, poked holes with a knife all over the layer, then pour some icing on and spread it over the layer. Repeat with all layers. After the last layer, spread the fudge over the sides. It will be hot and will run down until it starts to set up. Just keep spreading it until it stays in place on the cake.
This is not usually a pretty cake! It will probably be lopsided, but in our family we always say that the uglier it is, the better it tastes!  


  1. mmmm! Sounds like the chocolate cake brownies I make. Getting the hot frosting to stay on a layer cake would be interesting! Thanks for the recipe. K- Cute quilt too! :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Chocolate is my favorite so I would probably have to have some chocolate ice cream along with the cake. LoL Judy C

  3. Great cake. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. This is so funny. My families favorite is vanilla cake with this same icing. We call the icing mama's failure. Everytime she makes it she says "this is not suppose to get hard and sugar" which in response we say "it wouldn't be good if it didn't sugar". The only difference is she lets her icing cool some and puts it on a cool cake, we will have to try it your way!

  5. Happy birthday! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe - it looks absolutely delicious!!! I have to try it even though I'm supposed to be on a diet :*)

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! That is the same recipe that we use in our family.

  8. uhm... -sounds and looks yummi, thanks for sharing and please send by best regards to the beautiful lady.
    Liebe Grüße

  9. Oh, I can't wait to try this. I'm visiting my son's home right now, but I have it bookmarked for when I get home. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  10. sounds delicious, it was my sons birthday today, but I just might make this for him this weekend, can you tell me have you ever substituted butter for the shortening, we don't have that in Greece.

  11. This has been a very popular recipe on my recipe blog - thanks again! Read more about the story here:

  12. I am 83 years old and I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed these cakes all my life. Mother was a great cook!

  13. Hmmm. Chocolate cake i really like it. Happy Birthday Day sorry for late..

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  14. OMG! 1 year later and I finally made your grandmamas cake, it is to delicious! I hope she is still alive and you can tell her she has a fan in Greece!


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