Straw's Kitchen Recipe

My Mom, "Duwanna's Cocoa Cake" Cin

By Straw's Kitchen CinCooks

our family
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I've decided to repost my Mom's "Duwanna's Cocoa Cake"
There is not room here anymore, (they don't let us use as many words as we used to be able to use in the NOTES: section), to post the Story that was published in "Extreme Woman's Magazine" where I won first place for my story and her if I add it I'll have to put it down in the directions.

photo belongs to CinStraw

(look through all the pix, others have submitted some of their pix from making My Mom's recipe)


1 c
1/3 c
bacon drippings
1 or 2
eggs (depending on our laying hens)
1/2 c
powdered cocoa
1 tsp
pinch salt
1 c
milk (dissolved 1-tsp baking soda in milk)
1 1/2 c
a.p. flour
preheat oven to 350°f
1 box
(16oz) powdered sugar
3/4 c
butter (softened, room temp)
1/2 tsp
4 Tbsp
powdered cocoa
6 Tbsp

Directions Step-By-Step

Her Cake: preheat oven to 350°F
Mix together well, pour into greased and floured 9x13" baking pan.
Bake about 20 minutes, or so.
When baked remove from oven and poke holes in the cake with a wooden spoon, (so hot frosting will sink into cake).
Her Frosting: Bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil; add powdered sugar and vanilla then beat until smooth.
Spread warm frosting over hot cake right out of the oven, serve warm (best served with Chocolate Ice Cream when you have it).
Story of Mom's Cake by: Cindy (Poling) Strawser written in 2007:

I won 1st place for both my story and Mom's Recipe in a contest "Love You Mom".
It was published in the...'EXTREME WOMAN MAGAZINE'; Mothers Day 2007
"Duwanna's Cocoa Cake"
This is a recipe of a cake and frosting that was my Fathers favorite.
When we were living on the the early 50's.
I can remember my Mother baking this cake every night for supper.
My Fathers favorites were ''Breakfast, and Dessert after Supper".
When we moved to the Farm at Hickory Creek we moved into a house that was built to be a Church house.
It had no running water inside, but had a well outside the back door.
Therefore it had no indoor bathroom either, just a ''3-hole'' outhouse.
It did have electricity though.
Our bedrooms were the 3-Sunday School rooms, the Sanctuary was our living and dining room, the only room with heat), the kitchen was put in the Choir room.
I was about 9 by the time Daddy fixed a pump in the kitchen, hooked to the well out back, and put a bathroom in the room that used to be the Preachers office.
The house was full of love...and people. There was Dad, Mom, my Brother, Dads Mother, Moms Father and Mother and me.
My Mother got up early and made us bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy every morning.
Saving the bacon drippings to bake her cake every evening.
Every night when Mom put supper on the table she'd put her ''CoCoa'' cake in the oven, so it would be done when we finished eating.
She'd frost it right out of the oven and we'd have that wonderful moist warm cake every night.
My Dad loved all things chocolate...he'd say, "I want my chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and I prefer it in a brown bowl".
My Moms smile would go from ear to ear as she beamed.
If you make this humble cake, I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Non-Edible or Other
Regional Style: American
Collection: Mom Made It Best
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
May 10, 2015
aawww, thank you so much Cynthia......and thank you for stopping by to view my post♥
I loved living and growing up on a humble farm with the whole family.
And yes, I still use bacon drippings in a lot of my cooking and baking too (like flavoring green beans as well as other veggies, when baking biscuits, seasoning my cookware... etc.).
Cynthia Connors Cynthia_Connors
May 10, 2015
I love your story about growing up in a church! The recipe looks amazing as well! I also use bacon drippings for various things in the kichen such as stir fry veggies, fresh cut red bliss French fries, and for scrambled eggs and best to cook pancakes with bananas or blueberries. Some of my few sinful treats.
Happy mother's day to you and yours. So glad you posted this down home recipe. The simple old time scratch recipes are truly the very best! I too grew up fairly humbly with the old adages such as "less is more". Less fuss, more flavor.
Regards to you, Cynthia Connors
Straw's Kitchen CinCooks
Jan 15, 2015
Try it, I think you will like it. I use bacon grease in soooooooooooooo many recipes♥
Thanks for dropping by Pam ;o)
Pam Mallory mallory
Jan 15, 2015
Pork fat rules, never used it in sweets but sounds good to me
May 13, 2014 - Straw's Kitchen shared this recipe with discussion group: Mom Made it Best!