GREAT UNCLE NOTHEL'S OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE
Peggi Anne Tebben
When he gave it to me, the original recipe called for a "scant snuff glass full" of this,& a "scant snuff glass full" of that, & a pinch of this. He even gave me the snuff glass to measure with. We used to measure with an old snuff glass, which, if memory serves me right, measured 1 cup. So a scant snuff glass full, would be a little less than 1 cup. I actually have measuring spoons for a smidgen, a pinch & a dash (see photo). The snuff glass burned in our house in 1999, but I would like to find another, as I love cooking the old ways.As you can tell from my Great Uncle's name, this is an old recipe. You don't hear that name now days! I like to keep the old recipes going because they were some of the best ones.
I have made so many of these. They are the moistest cake I have ever come across & it stays moist for days, if it lasts that long.
I never liked doing things just normal. I always wanted to go beyond the norm. So, while others were making 2 or 3 layer Birthday cakes, I had to make a 4 layer cake, (not thin layers). So, whenever a Birthday came around, everyone always wanted a 4 layer, Uncle Nothel, Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake.
This was in my handwritten recipes & I used it so often, I knew part of the instructions & never wrote down how many layers & what size cake this made. I know I had to make more than one batch for all those layers though. I also never wrote down how long to cook it.
Sadly, I have no pictures of Uncle Nothel, but do have a picture of my Grandpa, whom I never knew, his twin brother, Judge Nolus & have posted it here in uncle Nothel's honor.
So, you see, this truly is a: Just A Pinch recipe.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have all these years.
3/4 ccocoa powder
1 cstrong hot black coffee (originally a scant snuff glass full)
2 csugar (originally 2 snuff glasses full)
2 tsppure vanilla
2 call-purpose flour (originally 2 snuff glasses full)
1 tspbaking soda
1 tspbaking powder
1/4 tspsalt (originally a pinch)
3 Tbspcocoa powder
1 - 16 ozbox powdered sugar
1 tsppure vanilla
How to Make GREAT UNCLE NOTHEL'S OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE CAKE
- FOR THE CAKE:
- Bring cocoa, coffee, & butter to a bubbly boil.
- Remove from heat & add remaining ingredients & mix well. It will be runny.
- Bake @ 350° until done. Do not over cook. Cake is done when you touch the center of cake & it springs back.
- Cool & frost.
- NOTE: I made 3 batches of the cake & it made (2) 17"x13" sheet cakes.
- FOR THE FROSTING:
- Bring butter, buttermilk & cocoa to a boil. Remove from heat & cool slightly.
- Add remaining ingredients & beat well.