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blue ribbon chocolate cake

★★★★★ 14
a recipe by
Mary Louise
Marshfield, WI

Years ago, 1978 to be exact a girl I worked with brought this in as a treat. We loved it! She shared her aunt's recipe and over the years this is the recipe I'd grab when I bake a cake. I entered the cake in the County Fair and got a Blue Ribbon. My kids then called it Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake. I have taken this cake to many picnics, church suppers, potlucks, etc. I always go home with an empty pan! I use this cake recipe in my cast iron lamb cake molds at Easter. I frosted this cake with Yummy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting by Sherry Symmonds and it complements it nicely.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The buttermilk makes this cake so, so moist. And the coffee brings out the chocolaty goodness in this cake. I think this will become your go-to chocolate cake. And don't count on any leftovers! You can click here to find Sherry's Blue Ribbon Yummy Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting or Mary has also included the recipe.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 14
serves 12
prep time 10 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For blue ribbon chocolate cake

  • 1 3/4 c
  • 2 c
  • 3/4 c
    hersheys' cocoa
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 2
  • 1 c
    strong cooled coffee
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tsp
    meringue powder
  • 2 tsp
    white vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    butter flavor extract
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp

How To Make blue ribbon chocolate cake

  • 1
    In large mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • 2
    Add eggs, coffee, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for two minutes.
  • 3
    Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 inch cake pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool cake before frosting.
  • 4
    To prepare frosting in a large bowl beat Crisco and butter at high speed until light and fluffy. 3-4 minutes.
  • 5
    On low speed add meringue powder and extracts. Beat on high 1 minute.
  • 6
    On low add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Scrap bowl to ensure all ingredients combine.
  • 7
    Add water if needed. This will depend on the humidity.
  • 8
    When all is combined beat on high speed for 5 minutes. Scrape bowl as needed.