Have you ever come across a recipe and thought you would give it a try and FELL IN LOVE with it, only to NOT write it down and NOT remember where you first discovered it?????
Well, I did just that. Eeeeck!
It was last October. It just so happened to also be my birthday week. I had found an AMAZINGLY simple chocolate cake recipe and decided to give it a try. I don’t recall why we didn’t eat it warm but Oh Boy was it tasty cold!!! It was the PERFECT cake to accompany a TALL, COLD glass of milk.
I still remember Paul coming home and wanting a piece of cake after work (he NEVER eats sweets after work, nor leftover desserts – this cake was THAT good!) but there wasn’t a slice to be found. He was quite disappointed. My only consolation was that it was MY birthday and so I deserved to eat the last of the cake without considering him.
Ironically, we haven’t even thought to make the cake since last October, until this last Sunday. We invited our teen’s Seminary teacher, David, over for FHE (family home evening) and dinner. We asked him what sounded good to eat and he said he heard our pizza was quite tasty. He also said he loved chocolate.
Well, that sparked the memories of “that one chocolate cake” and immediately all of our taste buds started to salivate for a tasty slice. We couldn’t wait for Monday night to come . . . but we had one BIG problem, I couldn’t remember where I had found the recipe!!! 😱😱😱😱
I searched all over my favorite daily blog, vaguely remembering WHY I had actually made the chocolate cake in the first place. Ironically it wasn’t for my birthday but because I had read on this daily blog how her friend had found “THE cake” from the movie “Matilda” and that blog post sparked a desire in me to actually want to watch “Matilda” but Joy Boy happens to HATE that movie. So I thought that if I also made a “Brucey cake,” I thought that he might watch the movie with me?
Sadly, their cake looked good enough to eat but the recipe they posted was FAR TOO decadent for my tastes. So I jumped on over to another blog I was just starting to search for recipes and found her recipe for a classic chocolate cake. I was surprised how simple the recipe was, so I thought I would give it a try, simply to get Joy Boy to watch the movie with us.
Now I remember how we ended up eating that cake cold!!!
We started watching the movie “Matilda” but the cake scene made the kids too sick to actually want to eat the cake that night. So we wrapped up their slices of cake and stored it in the fridge. The next day, only when remembering we had something sweet to eat after lunch, did we actually taste this AMAZING cake and slowly devoured it over 3 days. It IS that good to eat that slowly!!!
But, I must share a couple tips with this cake.
First tip, the batter overflows in my cake pans. Maybe they aren’t 9 inches and instead they are 8 inches, so either make yourself a smaller mini cake or prepare for a mushroom cap on the top of your pans, which leaves a crusty layer that you end up cutting off. What a waste of good cake. 🤦🏻♀️
Second tip, grease the pans well! I have a favorite slurry I like to make for bundt cakes that I think I am going to use next time for this cake because my cakes REALLY struggled to release from the pans, (even after cooling for almost 2 hours in the pan). So maybe remove the cakes while they are still slightly warm, like she says, or try this slurry recipe, or both. I also used a parchment lining for the top of each cake pan, it still didn’t help the cakes to come out easily but they did leave a nice, flat top!
1 part oil
1 part Crisco
1 part flour
Mix together until creamy and brush onto pans.
Third tip, chill the cakes in the freezer first. Then top with frosting and then return the cake to the fridge. This cake is BEST eaten COLD!!!! So make it early in the morning, to eat it that night, or make it the day before. It is SO MUCH BETTER COLD!!!
Fourth tip, store your cake in an airtight container (it will help keep it moist).
And last but not least, tip number five, cut the cake into thin slices. You can always go back for seconds but it is best not to waste cake. It isn’t that this cake is decadent, it is actually a perfect balance of chocolate sweetness and richness you would find in a great upper-class bakery cake. This cake just leaves you feeling like you don’t need to eat a huge slice to feel satisfied. Again, another perfect reason to try out this cake. So be kind and serve it responsibly. You’ll thank me.
Now, without further ado, THE CAKE!!!
Classic Chocolate Cake
by Ruby Franke, of 8 Passengers and Goodlookinhomecookin.blogspot.com
This is a yummy from scratch recipe. Don’t laugh, but I love to put a big piece of cake in a bowl and pour milk all over it and eat it up with a spoon. Mmmm. I like to make this in two 9 in round pans. I have also made this in a 9×13 pan. I like the round pans better because there is less crusty over-cooked edges that you get with the big pan.
In your mixer mix for 2 minutes:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
Add one at a time:
Add and blend until creamy:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk (I used 1/2 cup water and 3 T powder milk)
2 tsp vanilla
In a medium bowl sift:
2, 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Dump the flour mixture into your wet mixture. Blend until creamy. Grease and flour your round 9 inch pans. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes
Let the cakes sit in the pans for about 20 minutes, then remove and let cool on the counter. Frost when cooled.
1 stick butter
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
about 3 cups powdered sugar
about 4 T milk (more or less)
P.S. : You’re welcome kids! 😘