Great Grandma Young's Homemade Chocolate Cake

★★★★★ 4 Reviews
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By Ted Wildman
from Old Fort, OH

This cake recipe I found going through my grandmother's recipe books. This recipe was written in old handwriting in a book dated 1923. It is a family hit and I get begged to make it for every family get-together. You can't go wrong with this one! I updated the recipe a bit to my own tastes but it still holds to its origins. This is a NO EGG recipe! Yeah!

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This old-fashioned chocolate cake is made with staple pantry ingredients so you can whip it up whenever a chocolate craving hits. It reminds us of the wacky cakes from the Depression Era. The cake is tender with fantastic chocolate flavor. On top is a chocolate cream cheese frosting that adds richness to the cake. We had just enough frosting to cover a double-layered cake. If you like more frosting on your cake, we'd suggest doubling the frosting recipe. Also, there are no eggs in this cake. So, it is a good recipe for someone with an egg allergy.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 12 servings
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Convection Oven

Ingredients

  • 3 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 c
    sugar, white
  • 1/3 c
    baking cocoa
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 2 c
    water
  • 3/4 c
    I use vegetable oil or coconut oil (updated from original)
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract, I use pure and a tad less on measure
  • 2 tsp
    vinegar
  • MY CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, softened (8 oz)
  • 1/4 c
    butter, you can use margarine in a pinch but use butter!
  • 2 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 c
    bakers cocoa (I love Hershey's but use what you like)
  • dash
    salt
  • 3 Tbsp
    milk
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
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How To Make

  • 1
    In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (The first five.)
  • 2
    Add the water, oil, vanilla, and vinegar.
  • 3
    Mix well (batter will be thin).
  • 4
    Pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch pan or 2 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 5
    Once the cake has cooled make the frosting. For frosting, in a mixing bowl mix cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar together until creamy.
  • 6
    Add cocoa, salt, vanilla, and milk. Mix until creamy. Then frost your cooled cake and enjoy!
  • 7
    NOTE: For the frosting, sometimes I melt the butter and mix it with wet ingredients in a bowl prior to adding it to the mixer. I found it makes it come out fantastic!
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