Hattie Mae's Lock Cabinet Cake

Dave T


The recipe for this came from Cuisine at home but the premise for it belongs to Myra's aunt Hattie Mae. When Myra's Dad (Elmer) was still a child his older sister Hattie Mae baked a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. He kept trying to get a piece and she kept having to run him away till finally she ended up locking it in a pie safe until after dinner time, hence the name Hattie Mae's Lock Cabinet Cake. This story has been told around their house for years. Myra's Dad Passed away after suffering from Alzimers for years. We give ya'll this recipe in his honor. Enjoy and make your own memories.


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3 Hr
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3 c
all purpose flour
2 c
1/2 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
table salt
2 c
hot water
3/4 c
vegetable oil
2 Tbsp
white vinegar
1 Tbsp
instant coffee granules
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract


1 stick
butter, unsalted
1 1/2 c
1 1/4 c
unsweetened cocoa powder
table salt
1 1/4 c
heavy whipping cream at least 36% fat
1/4 c
sour cream
1 tsp
instant coffee granules
2 tsp
vanilla extract

How to Make Hattie Mae's Lock Cabinet Cake


  • 1Chocolate Cake Recipe

    Preheat oven to 350 with rack in the center. Spray two 8x2 inch round cake pans with non stick spray.
  • 2Whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • 3Combine water, oil, vinegar, instant coffee and vanilla in a large measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined-a few limps are OK.
  • 4Divide batter between pans then bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-40 min. Cool cakes on a rack for 15 min, then invert them onto the rack. Leave cakes upside down (this flattens domed cakes) to cool completely.
  • 5Glossy Chocolate Icing Recipe

    Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • 6Stir in sugar, cocoa, and salt. Mixture will be thick and grainy.
  • 7Combine heavy cream (at least 36% fat to insure frosting will set up), sour cream, and instant coffee in a large measuring cup mixing until smooth. Gradually add cream mixture to chocolate until blended and smooth. Cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth and hot to the touch, 6-8 min. Do not boil.
  • 8Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool icing to room temperature until spreadable, 2-3 hours. (Icing may be chilled until completely cold, then warmed gently in microwave until spreadable. Heat at high powder in 20-sec intervals, stirring well after each interval.)

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About Hattie Mae's Lock Cabinet Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Heirloom

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