Mom’s Chocolate Decadent Cake

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 104 Ratings
Serves: 14-20
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method: Bake


2 stick unsalted butter
6 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 c water
2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 stick unsalted butter
6 Tbsp powdered cocoa
6 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb confectioners sugar, sifted

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Shelia Senghas Recipe
Well Seasoned
Concan, TX (pop. 330)
Member Since Oct 2011
Shelia's notes for this recipe:
Monday was a beautiful fall day and I was sitting in the back yard perusing the pages of an old cook book when mom came to the screen door and said she wanted to sit outside. As she went to get her sweater, I went into the kitchen and I cut a piece of her favorite chocolate cake, poured a glass of milk, grabbed a fork, and carried them out to the table under the pecan tree beside the garden where I had been sitting. I dressed the table with a quilted place mat mom had made and a vase of silk flours. It looked so pretty with the sun filtering light through the leaves of the tree and so I took a photo before I helped her out to the yard. “Oh my,” she exclaimed, as she walked towards the table, “it is absolutely beautiful.” “Yes,” I answered, “the birds are singing and the sky is so blue.” She looked at me quizzically and as she sat down and picked up the fork she replied giggling, “No, silly girl, the cake.” In a flash her fork was in her mouth and in between chewing, I could barely understand her garbled words as she said, “this is the best chocolate cake I ever had.”

This cake carves and stacks well for simple or elegant specialty cakes. Two years ago I made and donated a heart shaped candy box cake for the Concan Cancer Relay for Life Valentine’s dance and auction and I used the recipe for my 'Mom's Favorite Chocolate 3-d Cake.' I torted the top layer of the cake and, after adding cherry flavoring and finely minced maraschino cherries to half of the frosting, I put a thin coat between the cake layers. I stacked the cake and after putting on a layer of chocolate butter cream frosting I covered it with my homemade mm fondant. I made fondant roses and a fondant bow to decorate the cake and packed the inside with homemade chocolate cordials. I couldn't believe the amount of the high bid. Almost made me want to go into business selling cakes. Of course I realize it went for a good cause and that always helps to get high bids.

I have added other flavors to the frosting in the past such as cherry, orange, and almond, etc., depending on the outcome I wanted. I have also paired the cake with Ganache and other Frostings. This is the most requested chocolate cake that I make and is the favorite chocolate cake choice for family potlucks, parties, birthdays and weddings.
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For Cake: Melt butter in 2 quart or larger saucepan; add cocoa and water and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir in sugar
Add salt, soda and flour, and stir well.
Blend in eggs, milk, and vanilla.
Bake in a 9x13, greased cake pan in 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes
For Frosting:
Melt butter in a medium saucepan; add cocoa and milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add water, vanilla, and sifted confectioner sugar, and mix well. This frosting is not stiff. Frost cake while cake is hot and frosting is still warm. Let cool before cutting.

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user Shelia Senghas earthbaker - Nov 4, 2011
I hope you all will try this cake sometime, it sure is chocolatey and scrumptulicious! And Remember...

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, totally worn out and screaming 'WOOO HOOOOO what a ride!'
user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Nov 4, 2011
This looks so much like my Dad's favorite coco cake that my Mom made for him every night for our dessert to have after supper. It was a dark rich coco cake too.
I have a story on the post too like you do on this one...I love your stories.
Here is my post if you'd like to read my story..
My Mom, "Duwanna's Cocoa Cake" Cin?
user Shelia Senghas earthbaker - Nov 4, 2011
Cindy, Thank you. I viewed the recipe link for "Duwanna's Cocoa Cake" and posted a comment for you on that page.
user Cin Straw's Kitchen NanatomyGrandsismyPassion - Nov 4, 2011
Thank you...I commented back to you.

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