Daleine's Poor Cake

Shannon King


Younger, money was very tight. Dad was Army, so paydays were once a month. Momma called this Poor Cake & was our end of month treat! Made by Scratch!!

★★★★★ 3 votes
20 Min
20 Min


1 stick
1/2 c
crisco shortening (solid)
4 tsp
cocoa powder *i add 4-6 tsp. for richer chocolate flavor
1 c
2 c
all purpose flour
2 c
1 Tbsp
cinnamon, ground *heaping
1 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
1/4 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
eggs, slightly beaten
3 c
powdered sugar
1 can(s)
evaporated milk 5oz
1/2 c
buttermilk *can used powdered, mixed

How to Make Daleine's Poor Cake


  • 1Preheat Oven 400 degrees
    Grease & Flour Coat 11x13 or 13x9
  • 2In a small saucepan, bring to a rapid boil:
    Butter, Crisco, Cocoa, and water. Remove from heat, set to side
  • 3Shift together in large mixing bowl:
    Flour, Sugar, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Salt, Baking Powder
  • 4Add to Dry Ingredients: Buttermilk, Eggs, and Vanilla. Mix Well
  • 5Slowly add coca mixture to the large mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed for two minutes or until well blended.
  • 6Poor into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle. comes out clean.
  • 7Once you have removed from oven. Poke holes into the cake 1-1/2" apart with the end of a butter-knife. Mix Powdered Sugar and Carnation Milk until glaze has reached a ribbon texture. Slowly pour glaze into each hole on surface of cake. Once filled, pour remaining glaze on cake and smooth with spoon. Allow to completely cool before serving.

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About Daleine's Poor Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
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