Cat Ireland Recipe

Jan's Grandmothers Puerto Rican Chocolate Cake

By Cat Ireland GyrlSmylee

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Cat's Story

This is an heirloom recipe passed from Jans Grandmother to her Mom, to Jan, then lovingly given to me. This is a delicious, decadent cake that will make you not want to give away the recipe. But please do. Everybody who has eaten this cake, loves it, raves about it, & they always try to guess the secret ingredient: Cinnamon! But it isn't a secret anymore. Making the cake for them is only part of the pleasure of making it at all. Step 5:Yummy Frosting recipe. From my kitchen to your tummy, I hope you think this cake is yummy!! Please make the cake share your comments & pictures. God bless you!!


2 c
all purpose flour
1 Tbsp
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
1 stick
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4 Tbsp
baking cocoa
2/3 c
1 tsp
eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c
buttermilk, or regular milk + 3 tsp vinegar
add 1.5 - 2 cups sugar!! with the dry ingredients

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9x13 pan with parchment at the bottom or spray it with Baking Pam. OR divide the batter and pour it into prepared 8 inch round cake pans. Use the bottom of the pan to trace circles from the parchment.
In a large bowl sift together flour, cornstarch, 1 1/2 to 2 C sugar, baking soda, and salt. DO NOT ADD THE COCOA!! But don't worry if you do, I have it still tastes great!! I promise. I have also made this cake and forgot the sugar!! It was good but wasn't sweet! Thankfully the frosting was sweet though...
In a medium saucepan over medium heat bring the water, butter and cocoa to a slow simmer, stirring with a flat bottomed wooden spatula across the bottom and around the sides of the pan to avoid scorching the mixture. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat & add the vanilla, fold into the sifted dry ingredients. This will cool the cooked mixture. Incorporate until it is barely mixed. Mix the slightly beaten eggs and buttermilk in a bowl and add it to the batter. Don't over mix it. No buttermilk? Use regular milk + 3 tsp of vinegar. Tastes great! I promise!
Pour the batter into prepared pans. Spread the batter evenly, tap the pan on the counter to allow bubbles to come up. Bake the cake for 30 minutes or until the cake springs back when touched. If using round tins, place pans side by side in the oven, then switch positions of pans at the halfway time of baking. Once baked cool on a cooling rack.
FROSTING: 1/2 Stick of Butter, 3TB Baking Cocoa, 2TB Milk, 1 1/4 C Powdered Sugar, 1/2 tsp Vanilla. In a medium size saucepan stir together butter, cocoa, & milk bring to a slow boil avoid scorching. Remove from heat gradually add the powdered sugar & vanilla, stir until smooth. While the frosting is warm, pour it over the cooled cake the frosting will make its way down the sides, use a knife to smooth it to your liking or leave it alone.
Let it cool, cut yourself a piece of cake and enjoy it with your favorite beverage.

--This recipe can be doubled, just use bigger pans, adjust the baking time as necessary and watch closely for under or over baking. Enjoy.

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    Andrea Cox AndreaCox - Nov 17, 2012
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    Barbara Pendley Barbee - Nov 17, 2012
    Hi Cat, Your post notes were so nice. I felt like you were talking personally to me. Thank you, you are a very nice person to share this unique recipe. I have a special neighbor lady who is 73 and not in very good health. She is so lonely since loosing her husband a couple of years ago. I try to cook for her every couple of days and I think this would be a nice cake to make for her. I will in a couple of days. Your picture was so pretty also. What about the beautiful icing. Please tell me how to ice this cake also. Thank you so much! Barbara
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    Barbara Pendley Barbee - Nov 17, 2012
    Hello Again! Silly me I just re-read the directions and saw step 5 with wth icing included. I read so fast somtimes I miss the most important parts. Hugs....Barbara
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    Bea L. BeachChic - Nov 17, 2012
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    Cat Ireland GyrlSmylee - Nov 18, 2012
    Barbara that is so sweet. Yes, when you can, do make it for your neighbor. I am glad you were able to make heads and tails out of my instructions. One year I was eating very healthy and lost the equivalency of two 25# turkeys. (yessiree!) I made this cake for a work party. A co-worker emailed me that she cut a big piece because it couldn't be that bad if I made it and I was doing healthy cooking at the time. I emailed her back and said the only thing healthy about the cake was the size she took, but to look at the bright side, chocolate is good for us, it makes us happy, and it sure makes me dance!! It will definitely bring a smile to your neighbors face, and everybody who eats it with you. Try not to over bake the cake itself. But practice makes perfect. Enjoy!!