My Grandmas Thundercake

My Grandmas Thundercake Recipe

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Shirley Murtagh


This wonderful old recipe comes from a children's storybook that I came across when I was shelving away books in a school library. The book by Patricia Polacco entitled "My Grandma's Thunder cake is one of a series of kid's books with easy recipes included in the story. One other that comes to mind is "A Cranberry Thanksgiving" with a recipe included by Wende Devlin So if you have some junior chefs in your family you may want to get together with the kids and make this yummy cake. I have made it before and it was really good.
Happy cooking and Enjoy.


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    1 cup of shortening
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    1 1/4 cups of sugar
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    1 tsp. vanilla
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    3 eggs, separated blend yolks in. beat whites until they are stiff,then fold in
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    1 cup of water
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    1/3 cup of pureed tomatoes.

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    2 1/2 cups of cake flour
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    1/2 cup of dry cocoa powder
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    1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
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    1 tsp.salt

How to Make My Grandmas Thundercake


  1. Mix dry mixture into creamy mixture
  2. Bake in two greased and floured 8 1/2-inch round pans
  3. Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted in middle of the cakes
  4. Frost with chocolate butter frosting
  5. Top with strawberries

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About My Grandmas Thundercake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #chocolate cake

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