Thursday, October 21, 2010

Aunt Betty's Chocolate Cake

Yesterday was my aunt Betty's birthday. She is famous for making her chocolate cake. For all family functions, she is required to bring three things--macaroni & cheese, rice consumme, and her chocolate cake. I had been thinking of her and decided to make the cake myself. You make it in a 13x9 pan and it cuts well for lunch boxes. The cake is very dense and rich, almost like a brownie or fudge. I thought you might all enjoy giving it a try. Maybe it will become one of your family traditions as well.


Aunt Betty's Chocolate Cake

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. butter
1 c. water
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 c. sugar

Add baking soda to buttermilk; set aside. Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. In a saucepan, beat butter, cocoa powder, water, and oil until it boils. Pour mixture over flour; mix well with a spoon, not mixer. Add buttermilk and eggs. Add vanilla. Pour in a 13x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Frosting:

1/2 c. butter
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
6 Tbsp. buttermilk
4 c. powdered sugar, sifted
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix butter, cocoa powder, and buttermilk until boiling. Pour over powdered sugar; stir until blended. Add nuts and vanilla. Pour over warm cake.


So today for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my aunt Betty, for her sweet and giving ways, for traditions passed down on dinner plates, and for a life blessed with lots of love.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

happy bday to aunt betty! she is a very sweet lady (and they are a sweet couple!)

(good gracious, what are you doing blogging at 5:10 a.m.? don't you have better things to do at that hour, like sleep?! just kidding, i know you are up and at 'em early! :) )

deb

Anonymous said...

How sweet! Wish we were there so Jordan could give her some sugar

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